Secondary Education Social Science (BS)

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
Select General Education Requirements45
Major Requirements
Professional Studies Core
A. Complete the following:
EDM 310Microcomputing Systems3
EDU 400Edu Except Child and Youth3
EPY 351Human Growth & Development3
EDU 340Fundamentals of Teaching - W (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 341Middle Level Education - W (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 342Secondary Field Experience (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 363Tchg Adptve Cur Thru Beh/Clsrm (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 451Content Area Literacy (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 457Teaching Social Studies (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 467Internship - Social Studies (see footnote table below) 19
Teaching Field Core
Includes 12 hours from General Education Area IV
A. Select 3-6 hours from the following:
ECO 300Introduction to Economics3-6
or ECO 215
ECO 216
Prin of Microeconomics
and Prin of Macroeconomics
B. Complete the following:
GEO 114People, Places, Environment3
or GEO 115 World Regional Geography
C. Complete the following:
PSC 250Comparative Politics3
or PSC 270 International Relations
D. Complete the following:
PSY 120Introduction to Psychology3
HY 101HY of Western Civilization I3
HY 102HY of Western Civilization II3
E. Select one from the following Non-Western History courses:3
HY of Asian Civilization I
HY of Asian Civilization II
Latin America
The Caribbean
History of Africa since 1500
Islamic Civilization to 1453
Islamic Civilization 1453 - W
Traditional China
Modern China
Studies Latin Amer History-W
Studies in Asian History -
Studies in HY of Islamic Civ -
F. Select one from the following:3
Research Seminar-U.S. History
Research Seminar European Hy
Research Seminar-World HY
G. Select one from the following:3
Colonial America
The American Revolution
The Early Republic - W
Civil War and Reconstruction
Modern US I 1877-1945
Modern US II Since 1945 - W
H. Select 12 hours from HY 300 - HY 49912
I. Complete three hours from HY 400 - HY 4993
Minor Requirements
A minor is not required for this degree program0
Total Hours123-126



Required for admission to Candidacy as a prerequisite

General Education Requirement

Includes 12 hours of History Social and Behavioral Sciences courses from Area IV that will satisfy requirements in the Teaching Field Core.

Area I – Written Composition
A. Complete the following:
EH 101English Composition I3
B. Complete the following:
EH 102English Composition II3
Area II – Humanities & Fine Arts
A. Complete the following:
CA 110Public Speaking3
B. Select one of the following: see footnote table below 13
Brit Lit before 1785
Brit Lit after 1785
Am Lit before 1865
Am Lit after 1865
World Lit before 1650
World Lit after 1650
C. Select one of the following:3
Survey of Art
Art History I
Art History II
Art Appreciation
Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to Music
D. Select three hours of the following:3
Intro to African Amer Studies
Survey of Art
Art History I
Art History II
Art Appreciation
Introduction to Theatre
Brit Lit before 1785
Brit Lit after 1785
Am Lit before 1865
Am Lit after 1865
World Lit before 1650
World Lit after 1650
Introductory Latin I
Introductory Latin II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory Chinese I
Introductory Chinese II
Introductory Spanish I
Introductory Spanish II
Intro Classical Greek I
Intro Classical Greek II
Introductory German I
Introductory German II
Accelerated Intro German
Introductory Russian I
Introductory Russian II
Accelerated Intro Russian
Intermediate Latin I
Intermediate Latin II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Accelerated Inter French - H
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Inter Spanish Accel -H
Interm Classical Greek I
Interm Classical Greek II
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
Intermediate Russian I
Intermediate Russian II
Intensive Second Year Russian
Introductory Japanese I
Introductory Japanese II
Introductory Arabic I
Introductory Arabic II
Intro American Sign Language I
Intro American Sign Lang II
Introductory Korean I
Introductory Korean II
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate ASL I
Intermediate ASL II
Introduction to Music
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Ethics
Social Ethics
Western Philosophy: Classical
Intro to the Study of Religion
Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Survey of the New Testament
Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics
A. Select three hours from the following:3
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus Algebra
Precalculus Trigonometry
Precal Algebra-Trigonometry
Calculus and Its Applications
Calculus I
B. Select eight hours from the following:8
Life Science I
and Life Science I Laboratory
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
Survey of Inorg and Org Chem
and Survey Inorg-Org Chem Lab
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Environmental Geography
and Environmental Geography Lab
Earth and the Environment
and Earth and the Environment Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Earth History
and Earth History Lab
Introduction to Astronomy
and Introduction to Astronomy Lab
Physics with Algebra-Trig I
and Alg-Trig Based Physics I Lab
Physics with Algebra -Trig II
and Alg-Trig Based Physics II Lab
Calculus-Based Physics I
and Calculus-Based Physics I Lab
Calculus-Based Physics II
and Calculus-Based Physics II Lab
Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences see footnote table below 1
A. Complete the following:
HY 135US History to 18773
HY 136US History since 18773
B. Select one of the following:
AN 100Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
or SY 109 Introductory Sociology
C. Complete the following:
PSC 130Intro to US Government3
Area V
A. Complete the following:
KIN 100Concepts of Health and Fitness3
B. Complete the following:
PE activity course1
Total Hours45



Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216, EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 121 & HY 122 or HY 135 &HY 136)

Additional Information

E-portfolio and Assessment

Students enrolled in education classes are required to purchase a LiveText membership.

Teacher Candidacy – Secondary Education

This major contains a professional component (Candidacy) comprised of upper level education courses (300-400 levels), grouped into three semesters (as shown on graduation plan), and are only available to students who have gained admission to Teacher Candidacy.

Admission Requirements for Teacher Candidacy

Courses and GPA

  • Courses: CA 110, EH 101, EH 102, EDM 310, EDU 400, EPY 351, and 75% of Teaching Field (or no more than one semester of Teaching Field courses between methods and internship)
  • Hours: 60 credit hours of degree requirements completed
  • Minimum Grade Point Averages: 2.5 Program, 2.5 Professional Studies, 2.5 Teaching Field, and 2.5 USA GPA (all GPAs found in degree audit). No grade below a “C” is accepted in Professional Studies.

ALSDE Background Check

Application, Liability Insurance, and Interview

  • Completed and scheduled in the UCOM Advising Center during the semester prior to beginning Teacher Candidacy

Prerequisites and Certification/Graduation Requirements

Semester 1 of Teacher Candidacy: EDU 340 (Prerequisite Below)

  • Admission to Teacher Candidacy

Semester 2 of Teacher Candidacy: Methods Block (Fall Only-15 Credit Hours) (Prerequisites Below)

  • Successful Completion of EDU 340 with a Grade of C or better
  • GPAs at Admission Requirements Levels

Semester 3 of Teacher Candidacy: Internship (Prerequisites Below)

  • Praxis - Teaching Field Content Knowledge - Passing Score
  • Successful Completion of Methods Block with Grades of C or better
  • GPAs at Admission Requirement Levels
  • Student Teaching Application

Certification/Graduation Requirements

  • Successful Completion of Student Teaching
  • GPAs at Admission Requirement Level
  • Passing Score on edTPA
  • Application for Certification and Graduation

Secondary students will be required to participate in an opening of school experience during the fall immediately preceding either their methods block classes or their student teaching. This experience will take place at the beginning of the public school year which is prior to the beginning of U.S.A. classes.

Note: Praxis tests requirements are subject to change as prescribed by the ALSDE. Prior to registering for any Praxis exam, please verify current requirements by going directly to the Alabama portion of the ETS Praxis website at

Graduation Plan

(120 Total Hours)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CA 110 Public Speaking (CP) 3
EH 101 English Composition I (CP) 3
HY 101 HY of Western Civilization I 3
MA 110 Finite Mathematics (or higher - Area III, A) 1 3
PSC 130 Intro to US Government 3
EH 102 English Composition II (CP) 3
Fine ArtArea II, C 1 3
HY 135 US History to 1877 3
KIN 100 Concepts of Health and Fitness 3
Science and LabArea III, B 1 4
Second Year
Fine Art or HumanitiesArea II, D 1 3
HY 102 HY of Western Civilization II 3
HY 136 US History since 1877 3
LiteratureArea II, B 1 3
Science and LabArea III 1 4
EDM 310 Microcomputing Systems (CP) 3
EDU 400 Edu Except Child and Youth (CP) 3
HY 103 HY of Asian Civilization I 2 3
PSC 250
Comparative Politics
or International Relations
PSY 120 Introduction to Psychology 3
ECO 215 Prin of Microeconomics 3
Take Core Exams
Third Year
EPY 351 Human Growth & Development (CP) 3
ECO 216 Prin of Macroeconomics 3
HY 300 - HY 499 ElectiveUpper Level History Course 3
Select one of the following: 3
Research Seminar-U.S. History
Research Seminar European Hy
Research Seminar-World HY
HY 432 Colonial America 2 3
SY 109
Introductory Sociology
or Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Apply for Candidacy
EDU 340 Fundamentals of Teaching - W (Spring or Summer Only) 3 3
GEO 114
People, Places, Environment
or World Regional Geography
HY 300 - HY 499 ElectiveUpper Level History Course 3
HY 300 - HY 499 ElectiveUpper Level History Course 3
HY 400 - HY 499 ElectiveUpper Level History Course 3
PE 101 - PE 157PE Activity Course 1
Fourth Year
EDU 341 Middle Level Education - W (Fall Only) 3 3
EDU 342 Secondary Field Experience (Fall Only) 3 3
EDU 363 Tchg Adptve Cur Thru Beh/Clsrm (Fall Only) 3 3
EDU 451 Content Area Literacy (Fall Only) 3 3
EDU 457 Teaching Social Studies (Fall Only) 3 3
Apply for Graduation
EDU 467 Internship - Social Studies 9
HY 300 - HY 499 ElectiveUpper Level History Course 3
 Total Hours126

See General Education Requirements


First Course in list. Please refer to degree audit/course of study for list of other course options that would meet the requirement.


Required for admission to Candidacy


  • (CP) Prerequisite for Candidacy
  • (W) Courses that satisfy USA writing requirement (2 required)