Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.
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Curriculum and Courses
For this major, you'll take introductory and advanced American, European, and non-Western history as well as introductory surveys in political science, geography, economics, anthropology, or sociology. A few of the courses you will take in this major include:
- PHL 131 Introduction to Ethics
- GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity
- HST 111 Survey of American History
- POL 201 Political Thinking
- EDP 301A Assessment and Evaluation in Educational Settings
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You can become one of America’s great social studies teachers who help to present a well-rounded view of society to your students. Students can also choose to continue their education to pursue roles in educational administration.
The Urban Cohort is a community-based approach to teacher education. Miami faculty and Urban Cohort students collaborate with high-need schools and community-based organizations to prepare teachers who are grounded in the life of the community.About the Urban Cohort
Teacher Job Fair
Miami’s annual teaching-specific job fair connects our undergraduate and alumni teacher candidates with school districts from across the country.
Student Teaching Abroad
By teaching abroad, Miami pre-service candidates can broaden their horizons by gaining an increased understanding of cultural differences, compare and contrast schools abroad with those in the United States, and gain confidence in their teaching abilitiesAbout Teaching Abroad
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Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.
First-to-second year retention
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of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019
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When I initially left my career in law to teach, I knew I wanted to attend a university that would challenge me to become a social studies educator, rather than a former lawyer who teaches history. Everything at Miami, from the professors to the experiential learning, to the research played a huge role in preparing me to be the best educator possible. Similar to every education program, Miami taught us the nuts and bolts of day-to-day teaching, but what set Miami apart was that we were implored to consider the role of social studies education in society at large. This key distinction gave me an enlightening and unique perspective on education that I use in my classroom every day.
Estevan J. Molina, J.D.
Upper School Social Studies Teacher and Assistant Director of Admission, North Shore Country Day School – Winnetka, IL
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Students declare a pre-major in a Teacher Education program at the time of university admission or as soon as possible. After declaring a pre-major, students must apply for acceptance to a cohort-a group of students selected to experience certain parts of the program together. Selection is limited for each cohort to ensure quality instruction; those applicants with the greatest potential for academic success are selected for each cohort. Admission to Miami University or to the College of Education, Health, and Society as a pre-major neither implies nor guarantees selection to a cohort.
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