Broad field social studies education

Broad Field Social Studies Education

Exploring the past, inspiring the future.

You enjoy traveling the world and exploring society from years ago. The lives of people and events of the past have inspired you to utilize the historical perspective in your way of thinking and sharing your knowledge with others. That’s why choosing a major in broad field social studies education at Marian combines your two passions and allows you to engage future students in history and social sciences.

Program Information

International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE Standards for Teachers
ISTE-T Standards

InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards
InTasc Standards

Wisconsin Teacher Standards
WI Teacher Standards

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .

Teacher Education Department Mission
The mission of Teacher Education Programs is to prepare candidates for the teaching profession by providing candidates with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to assist them to develop the pedagogical, content, and technological skills necessary to function effectively as a teacher in the areas of early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary education.

Program Learning Outcomes
After completion of this program, candidates will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the teaching standards, including the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of a professional teacher.
  2. Academic competence in a broad base of general education and in a major appropriate for the licensure being sought and demonstrate knowledge of a variety of effective teaching methods and materials (including technology) which utilize skills that effectively apply content knowledge and knowledge of children and adolescents to the learning environment.
  3. The ability to design instruction effectively using a variety of instructional strategies and adapting instruction to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills for all students. Candidates also reflect on the instructional process to improve future teaching and learning experiences.
  4. An understanding and an ability to design, assess, and evaluate (both formal and informal) assessments for student learning and reflects on the assessment process to improve future teaching and learning experiences.
  5. An understanding of a diverse student population and apply appropriate instructional strategies and assessments that acknowledge sensitivity to students' diverse learning needs.

The Program
The broad field social studies education program features Marian’s core liberal arts courses and a challenging curriculum built on the areas of history and social studies. At Marian, you’ll find personalized support and instruction from passionate faculty and staff, as well as engage in student teaching experiences as early as your sophomore year.

Licensure: Early Adolescence-Adolescence Education ages 10-21 (grades 5-12)

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements, including HIS 101 and HIS 102 and BIO 104.

Broad field social studies courses
18 credits:
HIS 101 World Civilizations I, 3 cr.
HIS 102 World Civilizations II, 3 cr.
HIS 111 History of the United States to 1877, 3 cr.
HIS 112 History of the United States from 1877, 3 cr.
HIS 214 History of Wisconsin, 3 cr.
HIS 378 Historical Materials, 1 cr.
HIS 379 Historiography, 1 cr.
HIS 479 Senior Paper, 1 cr.

6 credits from the following:
HIS 301 Church History to Reformation, 3 cr.
HIS 302 Church History since the Reformation, 3 cr.
HIS 303 History of England, 3 cr.
HIS 410 19th Century Europe, 3 cr.
HIS 422 20th Century Europe, 3 cr.
HIS 440 Controversies in European History, 3 cr.
HIS 450 Seminar in European History, 3 cr.

6 credits from the following:
HIS 309 Public History, 3 cr.
HIS 314 American Constitutional Development, 3 cr.
HIS 408 History of American Foreign Policy, 3 cr.
HIS 415 History of the Recent U.S., 3 cr.
HIS 416 History/Culture of American Indians, 3 cr.
HIS 425 The Civil War Era 1850-1877, 3 cr.
HIS 436 Controversies in American History, 3 cr.
HIS 490 Seminar in American History, 3 cr.

6 credits from the following:
HIS 342 Topics in Ancient History, 3 cr.
HIS 405 History of the Modern Middle East, 3 cr.
HIS 423 History of Latin America, 3 cr.
HIS 426 History of Africa, 3 cr.
HIS 431 History of Monsoon Asia, 3 cr.
HIS 438 Controversies in World History, 3 cr.
HIS 492 Seminar in World History, 3 cr.

Education requirements
13 credits:
BIO 104 Environmental Science & Lab, 4 cr.
ECO 201 Macroeconomics, 3 cr.
ECO 202 Microeconomics , 3 cr.
GEO 201 World Regional Geography, 3 cr.

6 credits from the following:
PSY 202 Social Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 211 Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology, 3 cr.

Middle-secondary education courses
23 credits:
EDU 010 Field Experience One, ½ cr.
EDU 020 Field Experience Two, ½ cr.
EDU 030 Field Experience Three, ½ cr.
EDU 040 Field Experience Four, ½ cr.
EDU 100 Introduction to Education, 1 cr.
EDU 200 Technology in Education, 3 cr.
EDU 202 Psychology of Learning, 3 cr.
EDU 210 Classroom Management, 2 cr.
EDU 213 Introduction to Exceptional Education, 3 cr.
EDU 301 Intercultural Studies for Educators, 3 cr.
EDU 412 Educational Measurement and Assessment, 3 cr.
SEC 305 Adolescent Literacy, 3 cr.
SEC 420 Social Studies Curriculum and Methods, 3 cr.

12 credits:
SEC 450 Clinical Practice and Seminar - Secondary-Grades 9-12, 1-12 cr.
SEC 455 Clinical Practice and Seminar - Middle Level Grades 5-8, 1-6 cr.

32 credits:
University electives

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

As part of the broad field social studies education program, you’ll be met with a balance of theory and practice in the areas of the social sciences, history, government, economics, geography, international studies and sociology. Through an extensive knowledge in these areas, you will be prepared to teach history and other social studies courses, especially following ample experiences at the front of the classroom.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

Mary Gross, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education
Dr. Sue Stoddart
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8100

Department Chairperson
Dr. Kristi Reitz
1-800-262-7426 ext. 7177

Support Staff
Ms. Leah Schraeder, Support Specialist III
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8128 or 920-923-8128

Certification Officer/Advisor
Ms. Joan Ferguson
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8778

Director of Field & Clinical Experiences
Mr. Phil Johnson
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8752

Admission To The School of Education

Admission to the School of Education is required for continuation in education courses. The student must meet the following criteria:

1. A minimum cumulative grade point average upon completion of the following minimum number of credits:
2.85 GPA on a minimum of 40 credits
3.00 GPA on a minimum of 60 credits
3.00 GPA on a minimum of 75 credits

3.00 GPA on a minimum of 90 credits

(Courses designated 001 are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average.)

2. Reported passing scores on all components of the Praxis Core (Pre-professional Skills Tests-Praxis I if tests are taken prior to September 1, 2014)

Minimum passing scores on the Praxis I (Pre-professional Skills Tests - (PPST) Scores
Reading 175
Writing 174
Mathematics 173

Reported scores on the Praxis Core Test ( Praxis ® Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests) if tests are taken after September 1, 2014

Reading 156
Writing 162
Mathematics 150

3. Successful completion of EDU 010 Field Experience One (grade of "B" or better)

4. Successful completion of EDU 100 Introduction to Education (grade of "B" or better)

5. Proficiency in speaking and listening (grade of "C" or better in COM 101 or COM 232)

6. Completion of EDU 200 Technology in Education (grade of "B" or better)

7. Completion of EDU 202 Psychology of Learning (grade of "B" or better)

8. Successful Completion of the Admission to the School of Education Portfolio

The broad field social studies education program, which is coupled with a middle-secondary education license through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, allows you to teach any history or social studies class at the middle to high school level. Graduates not only teach in school districts across Wisconsin, but have gone on to graduate or law school, or worked in government, corrections, the military and social work.

School of Education Assessment Reports

2014-15 Annual Analysis: Teacher Education Undergraduate Programs

School of Arts & Sciences Faculty (SAS)

Mary Gross, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

School of Education Faculty (SoE)

Kathy McCord, M.S.

Polly Manske, M.S.
Assistant Professor

Aida Michlowski, Ph.D.

Sr. Cyndi Nienhaus, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Kristi Reitz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Sr. Catherine Stewart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Sue Stoddart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Robert Wagner, M.E.


Fun Fact

Marian has three Greek organizations on campus (Source: Student Handbook, 2013-2014).

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Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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