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Social Studies Education

Earn a degree in social studies education and put your interest in history, geography, politics, civics, and government to work. A social studies education degree will enable you to teach social studies at the secondary level (grades 5-12). Social studies education is an interdisciplinary integration of several social sciences including economics, government and citizenship, historical perspectives, psychology, and sociology.

The social studies education program will prepare you to become a teacher through a combination of coursework and supervised experiences, called "clinical practice," in grade school classrooms.

Clinical practice can occure through a variety of ways:

  • On or around Purdue's campus
  • Partner with the Indianapolis Public School Urban Experience
  • Travel outside of Indiana to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, or even internationally

Students who successfully complete all requirements of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Department of Education are eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana.

Once licensed, a social studies education graduate is qualified to teach social studies related subjects (e.g. economics, history, government, citizenship) to secondary students in a public, private, or independent school. Purdue has interstate licensing agreements with the other 49 U.S. states, which means graduates will be able to teach in Indiana and any other state in the country.

Plan of Study

Social Studies Education Webpage

Transfer to Social Studies Education

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Contact Information

College of Education, Office of Advising and Recruiting
(765) 494-2345

College of Education

Careers in Social Studies Education

  •   Teacher
  •   Museum Educator
  •   Curriculum Writer/Developer
  •   Historian
  •   Graduate or Professional School

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