History and Social Studies Adolescence Inclusive Education Generalist (SSI) Major (BA/BS)


This dual certification major prepares students for initial certification in both Social Studies and Students with Disabilities (SWD)-Generalist in grades 7 to 12, with extension to teach Social Studies in grades 5 and 6. Students interested in certification only as social studies teachers should enroll in the History and Social Studies Adolescence Education (SSE) major.

The study of History promotes the knowledge, breadth of perspective, intellectual growth, and skills essential to achieving career success, leading a purposeful life, and exercising responsible citizenship. History and Social Studies majors develop strong critical thinking, research, communication and problem-solving skills alongside the pedagogical skills that are vital for classroom teachers.

The History and Adolescence Social Studies Inclusive Education Generalist (SSI) Major consists of required core courses, course choices within required categories, and one History elective. That elective can be any upper division (300 and 400-level) History course including History internship, study abroad, digital and oral history, and professional development courses. Students who plan well and take courses that count for general education as well as major or teacher certification requirements may be able to fit in a minor or a semester abroad. Students may have the opportunity to student teach in Alaska or abroad.

Admission to the Program

Students entering the University must meet SUNY System Board of Trustees additional requirements for admission to teacher preparation programs by one of the following pathways:

First Year Students Criteria

  • High School GPA of a B or better or
  • High School Rank in top 30% or
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 or
  • ACT > 24 or
  • Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Transfer Students Criteria

  • High School GPA of a B or better or
  • High School Rank in top 30% or
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 or
  • ACT > 24 or
  • Transfer GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits or
  • Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Program Requirements

Students must meet NYSED requirements for minimum acceptable grades during completion of the program, including grades of C or above for all History and Pedagogical coursework. Students must re-take courses where grades have not met this minimum acceptable grade standard.

Students must have an approved Plan of Study filed with the Professional Education Unit prior to beginning their Education fieldwork. Plans of Study should be filed no later than March 1 or October 1 of the semester before Phase I. Students must work with the Adolescent Education Advisement Coordinator to complete all steps necessary for creating a plan of study.

Academic Planning Seminar (0-3 credits)

General Education Requirements (3-9 credits)

Social Studies Inclusive majors will meet the Written Communication (3 credits), Natural Science & Scientific Reasoning with Lab (4 credits), Math & Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits), Social Sciences (3 credits), US History & Civic Engagement (3 credits), World History & Global Awareness (3 credits), and World Language (3 credits), requirements through required courses in the major. This leaves 9 credits’ worth of remaining general education requirements.

Depending on course selections within the major, students can also fulfill the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice (3 credits) and Arts (3 credits) OR Humanities (3 credits) requirements.

Brockport also has three local general education requirements that can be taken in conjunction with other general education courses. Majors will fulfill the local Oral Communication (3 credits) and Contemporary Issues (3 credits) requirements through courses in the major. The credit count for this program assumes they take a dual-coded course to fulfill the Perspectives on Gender (3 credits) requirement. Taking Perspectives on Gender as a stand-alone course would increase the credit count for this degree.

Social Studies Coursework Requirements (48 credits)

Students pursuing certification as History and Adolescence Social Studies Inclusive Generalist Education teachers must complete the following program of history, economics, geography, political science, and social and behavioral science courses and may count only one 100-level history course towards their degree program. Eighteen of the following History credits must be taken at Brockport and only courses in which a student earns a grade of “C” or higher will fulfill these requirements. Students entering the University as transfers should talk to their advisor regarding appropriate course credit if they took Western Civilization courses at another institution. All other requirements are the same for transfer students.

*Students may apply to substitute one of the required 200-level seminars with a 100-level survey as follows: HST 110 Survey in Early America (Can replace HST 211); HST 120 Survey in Modern America (Can replace HST 212); HST 130 World History Survey I (Can replace HST 201); HST 140 World History Survey II (Can replace HST 202). Students wishing to do so should see their advisor.

**Students must complete three of the following four course (HST 201, HST 202, HST 211, and HST 212) with a C or better prior to taking HST 390. Students must complete HST 390 with a C or better prior to taking their Advanced American History Course.

Pedagogical and Professional Coursework (68-69 credits)

Pre-Professional Courses

  • Beginning Language I from Degree Audit list (3 credits)
  • Beginning Language II from Degree Audit list (3 credits)

AISS Certification Generalist Courses (19-20 credits)

Eleven credits of the AISS Certification Generalist Courses will also fulfill General Education requirements, namely the Math, Written Communication (ENG 112), and Natural Science with Lab requirements. Students can also fulfill the General Education Arts requirement by taking ENG 210 Creative Writing as their second English course OR they can fulfill the Humanities requirement by taking an English course that carries the “H” general education code.

  • TWO Mathematics courses (MTH 111 or above), 6 credits
  • TWO English courses (ENG 112 or above), 6 credits
  • TWO Science courses, at least one with a lab, from Degree Audit list, 7-8 credits
  • The two required Inclusive Generalist Social Science courses will be fulfilled by History major requirements.

Pre- or Co-Phase Courses

These courses can be taken prior to Phase I or in Phase I or II.

Phase 1 Courses

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4 Student Teaching

Electives (0-1 credit(s))

Total Credits (120-129 credits)

Continuation Requirements

  • Maintain ≥ 2.0 cumulative Brockport GPA
  • Earn ≥ C in all content core, EDI, PRO, and modern languages courses
  • Complete prerequisite course(s) before moving to the next program phase
  • Minimum grade levels apply to transfer courses. Community college advising guides are available here
  • Demonstrate the dispositions necessary in the teaching profession
  • Acquire and maintain an acceptable level of professional performance
  • A ≥ 2.5 cumulative Brockport GPA is required to student teach

Continuation in the program may be denied to any teacher candidate whose level of performance and/or dispositions do not adequately meet academic or professional standards. Decisions with respect to retention or dismissal of a teacher candidate are made by the faculty and staff of the Department of Education and Human Development, in consultation with the faculty in the Department of History, and not by any one person.

Students should note that admission into most graduate education programs in New York State will require a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.


Students must complete the following workshops and trainings for program completion:

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Adolescence Social Studies Inclusive Education majors must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses in the major. Students must re-take courses where grades have not met this minimum acceptable grade standard.
  • Students in the Adolescence Social Studies Inclusive Generalist Education (SSI) major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree and must complete the corresponding degree’s requirements.

Licensure & Certification

University Endorsement

Students must complete this program and submit the University Recommendation Request Form to be eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York State certification. Students should consult the Brockport Certification Office for the full list of New York state requirements for certification.

New York State Initial Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education Teacher candidates must pass the following New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) to obtain initial certification in the State of New York:

Certification Exams

  • Educating All Students (EAS)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST)

Students with Disabilities certification exams

  • Content Specialty Test (CST) – Students with Disabilities
  • Multi-subject Secondary Teachers (7-12) Exam

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a thesis in response to a historical problem
  2. Advance in logical sequence principal arguments in defense of a historical thesis.
  3. Provide relevant evidence in defense of a historical thesis
  4. Evaluate the significance of a historical thesis by relating it to a broader field of historical knowledge
  5. Express themselves clearly in writing that forwards a historical analysis
  6. Use disciplinary standards (Chicago Style) of documentation when referencing historical sources