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Social Studies Education Degree

Completion of a degree program in social studies education enables students to begin a career in:

  • Middle School or High School Teacher of History, Government, Geography, Economics, Sociology or Psychology
  • Government agencies
  • Educational Non-Profit Organizations

Download the Social Studies Education Degree Plan 

The Program

  • Is fully accredited by the National Council for Social Studies, meeting their 10 Standards of
    • Culture and cultural diversity
    • Time, continuity, and change
    • People, places, and environments
    • Individual human development and identity
    • Science and technology as they impact society
    • Global connections and interdependence
    • Civic ideas and practices
    • Interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions
    • Power, authority, and governance
    • Organization of people for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services
  • Equips students with the knowledge, skills, and mentoring necessary to complete the Oklahoma State Certification process by graduation. This certification enables the graduate to teach in Oklahoma or transfer their Oklahoma certification through reciprocal agreements to other states
  • With 60 hours of classroom observation and 120 hours of student teaching experience, the student is prepared to be the most effective teachers possible

The Professors

  • Hold Ph.D.s and Ed.Ds in History, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Business, and Education
  • Provide opportunities through coursework and workshops that prepare students for the teaching, including how to create lesson plans, promote active learning, and manage the classroom
  • Serve as mentors, providing individualized programming that allows the students to tailor their coursework, observations, and field experiences to help them achieve their life goals.
  • Committed to a Christian liberal arts education with a desire to create a personal learning experience for each student

The Preparation

  • SNU is flooded with phone calls each year from area schools looking to hire our graduates
  • Upon completion of our program, students are prepared for graduate school or teaching
  • Recent graduates are certified teachers in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, and Alaska. Recent graduates of the Social Studies Education Program have also successfully completed graduate degrees in fields such as Educational Leadership, History, Museum Studies, and Business Management in competitive graduate programs across the country.




Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage