Teacher Education, Secondary Social Studies BS / Teaching, Learning and Curriculum MS

Major: Teacher Education, Secondary Social Studies; Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 232.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 13.1205

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-2031

About the Program

The BS/MS in Teacher Education with Secondary Education and MS in Teaching Learning and Curriculum offers a flexible, innovative curriculum with a unique emphasis on creative problem-solving and the application of the latest technologies to learning. This accelerated degree program allows candidates to pursue a BS in Education (Secondary/Social Studies) with Pennsylvania initial state teacher certification and continue for a fifth graduate year to complete the MS in Teaching Learning and Curriculum (Advanced Track).

The BS/MS in Teacher Education and Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (Advanced Track) prepares students academically and practically for careers in PK–12 teaching or other educational settings, including capabilities to:

  • Demonstrate professional ethics and independent and creative academic best practices that exhibit outstanding leadership, organizational, cross-cultural, inter-personal, and advocacy skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external groups
  • Understand the changing role of teachers in increasingly diverse societies
  • Demonstrate a strong academic background in all subject areas that meet PDE requirements, including literacy, language, and STEM areas
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and maintain a positive and democratic classroom climate for students
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of child development in their ability to develop and implement learning opportunities that are unique to every child
  • Develop creative academic leadership skills with a global perspective on current educational issues, knowledge of best pedagogical practices, tools to effectively integrate technology in curriculum, assessment and instruction, and a strong academic background in all subject areas that meet PDE content requirements
  • Develop competencies to become reflective practitioners who are lifelong learners, who base their practice on theory, research, and developmentally appropriate pedagogy by analyzing, implementing, and evaluating existing and new instructional strategies and practices in a variety of educational institutions/organizations
  • Demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge and skills well beyond that required for initial Pennsylvania certification
  • Develop advanced skills to function in a variety of roles as instructors, instructional leaders, or researchers in local, state, national and international organizations, foundations, associations, corporations, and private educational institutions
  • Have in-depth knowledge of both public and private (non-profit and for-profit) institutions as well as small and large institutions

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements are the same as the BS in Teacher Education. The BS/MS application must be submitted during sophomore year before 120.0 credits have been completed with a cumulative 3.0 GPA to gain acceptance into the BS/MS program. Continuation as a BS/MS student in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (Advanced Track) requires maintaining a minimum term and cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ANTH 110Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
ENGL 205 [WI] American Literature I3.0
MATH 171Introduction to Analysis A3.0
MATH 172Introduction to Analysis B3.0
MATH 173Introduction to Analysis C3.0
or MATH 107 Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 150Introduction to Social Psychology3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
SOC 210Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality4.0
SOC 335Sociology of Education3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience1.0
Social Studies Content Requirments:
Select two:8.0
Themes in World Civilization I
Themes in World Civilization II
Themes in World Civilization III
HIST 201United States History to 18154.0
HIST 202United States History, 1815-19004.0
HIST 203United States History since 19004.0
HIST 212Themes in African-American History4.0
HIST 214United States Civil Rights Movement4.0
HIST 275History of Pennsylvania3.0
PSCI 110American Government4.0
PSCI 140Comparative Politics I4.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
PSCI 220Constitutional Law I4.0
PSCI 240Comparative Politics II4.0
PSCI 375Politics of Immigration4.0
Pedagogy Requirements
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDEX 344Inclusive Practices3.0
EDEX 368 [WI] Literacy and Content Skill Development PK-123.0
EDLT 325Design for Learning with Digital Media3.0
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 106First Year Seminar: A Case of Schools and Cities1.0
EDUC 107First Year Seminar: Exploring Pedagogies1.0
EDUC 108First Year Seminar: Designing Learning Spaces 1.0
EDUC 112Integrative Instruction: Focus on World Geography3.0
EDUC 113Organizational Structure of Secondary Schools3.0
EDUC 123Adolescent Development3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 223Teaching the Middle School Child3.0
EDUC 305 [WI] Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 308Creating a Positive Classroom Climate3.0
EDUC 312Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy3.0
EDUC 316Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0
EDUC 322Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
EDUC 356Secondary Social Studies Methods3.0
EDUC 365Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners3.0
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
Student Teaching Experience
EDUC 409 [WI] Student Teaching Seminar I9.0
EDUC 410 [WI] Student Teaching9.0
MS in TLC Core
EDAM 714Instructional and Curriculum Leadership 3.0
EDLT 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience3.0
EDUC 524Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
EDUC 530Advanced Techniques in Instruction & Assessment3.0
EDUC 609Language & Culture in Education3.0
Policy, Law & Organization Courses (Choose 2)6.0
School Law and Politics
Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications
Program Evaluation in Organizations
MS in TLC Capstone Sequence
EDU 780Capstone Research3.0
EDUL 780Lesson Study Capstone Course I3.0
or EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I
or EDUP 780 Practitioner Capstone Course I
EDUL 781Lesson Study Capstone Course II3.0
or EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I
or EDUP 780 Practitioner Capstone Course I
Professional or Concentration Electives15.0
Total Credits232.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EDUC 1013.0ANTH 1013.0ANTH 1103.0VACATION
EDUC 1061.0CIVC 1011.0EDEX 1423.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0EDUC 1071.0EDUC 1081.0 
MATH 1713.0EDUC 1133.0EDUC 1233.0 
HIST 1614.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
PSY 1013.0HIST 162 or 1634.0MATH 1733.0 
UNIV T1011.0MATH 1723.0  
 18 18 16 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP 1011.0EDUC 2163.0EDEX 3683.0EDLT 3253.0
EDEX 3443.0HIST 2014.0EDUC 3051.0EDUC 3223.0
EDUC 1123.0HIST 2144.0EDUC 3083.0HIST 2753.0
EDUC 2051.0PSCI 1104.0HIST 2024.0PSCI 3754.0
EDUC 2233.0PSY 1503.0HIST 2034.0SOC 1013.0
EDUC 3653.0 PSCI 1404.0 
 14 18 19 16
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEEDLT 3263.0EDUC 3123.0
EDUC 3563.0 EDUC 3163.0EDUC 3243.0
  PSY 3203.0PSCI 1504.0
  SOC 3353.0SOC 2104.0
  (GR) MS Professional Elective 3.0(GR) MS Professional Elective 3.0
 3 0 15 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EDUC 4099.0ECON 2014.0ECON 2024.0EDAM 7053.0
PSCI 2204.0EDUC 4109.0EDUC 4051.0EDUC 5303.0
EDPO 620 or EDUC 8043.0EDLT 5323.0HIST 2124.0EDUC 5243.0
  PSCI 2404.0 
  EDAM 7143.0 
  Student converts to Grad status at the end of the Spring term 
 16 16 16 9
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
EDU 7803.0EDUL 780, EDUT 780, or EDUP 7803.0EDUL 7813.0 
EDUC 6093.0(GR) MS Professional Elective 3.0(GR) MS Professional Elective 3.0 
(GR) MS Professional Elective 3.0   
 9 6 6 
Total Credits 232
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