Bachelor of Science in Broad Field Social Studies Education

Influence the next generation by becoming a history and social studies teacher.

Individuals looking to share their love for history and social sciences with middle and high school students can become effective and influential teachers by entering the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Broad Field Social Studies Education program.

We help our students by giving them the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience needed to lead classrooms and cultivate positive and meaningful interactions. Those in the BS in Broad Field Social Studies Education program learn to analyze economics, history, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology to enhance their teaching skills.

Students combine their passion for geography, history, political science, sociology, and anthropology with a foundation of knowledge in student-centered teaching methods, quality classroom management, and assessment.

Broad Field Social Studies Education students are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s schools by giving them the skills they need to positively impact their classrooms and function effectively as a teacher. Upon graduation, students will be recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to teach middle and high school and have earned a valuable content area credential in broad field social studies:

  • Early Adolescence-Adolescence Education Grades 5-12
  • Broad Field Social Studies (1701, EA-A)

Learn to teach history in grades 5-12.

Becoming a Classroom Leader

Upon graduation, students will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the Wisconsin teaching standards, including the expected knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Successful completion of embedded field experiences in partner schools as early as their first semester and consistently throughout each year of the program.
  • Academic competence in a broad base of general education and in a major appropriate for the licensure being sought.
  • An understanding of formative and summative assessments and an ability to design, evaluate, and reflect on student learning assessments.
  • Knowledge of a variety of pedagogy, methods, and materials (including technology) to effectively teach content knowledge, skills, and dispositions to children and adolescents.
  • The ability to design instruction effectively using a variety of strategies and adapting 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.
  • An understanding of diverse student populations and the ability to apply appropriate instructional strategies and assessments that honor students’ diverse learning needs.
  • Program-specific professional development and networking opportunities through Marian Student Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi.

Job Outlook for Teachers

Career Paths Median Salary Job Growth
Elementary School Teacher $59,450 3%
Middle School Teacher $59,660 3%
High School Teacher $61,660 3%

Source: BLS 8/1/2020

Learn About Marian’s Unique Teacher Education Program

Listen to Phil Johnson, Education Instructor, as he tells you how to become a teacher at Marian University. All instructors have real world, K-12 experience, and bring you their expertise in both public and private education. Marian’s program is unique in that starting in your freshman year, you get real classroom interaction and observation. Small class sizes and courses that match up with field experiences are additional benefits. Many of our students have jobs prior to graduation.

Bachelor of Science in Broad Field Social Studies Education Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Broad Field Social Studies Education program features our core liberal arts courses and a challenging curriculum built on history and social studies. At Marian University, students find personalized support and instruction delivered by passionate faculty and staff and engage in field experiences as early as their freshman year.

Wisconsin DPI Licensure: Early Adolescence-Adolescence Education Grades 5-12

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

Broad field social studies education majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • History of U.S. from 1877
  • History of England
  • Social studies curriculum and methods
  • American government
  • Educating exceptional children

Please visit the Elementary-Middle Education webpage to read the Mission and Learning Outcomes of Marian University’s Education programs.

Please visit the Elementary-Middle Education webpage to read the Admission Progression Criteria of Marian University’s Education programs.