2018-2019 Catalog

Secondary Education, Social Studies, Associate of Arts

Teachers change lives by opening new worlds for students and inspiring them to reach their goals.  The secondary education degree with an emphasis in social studies prepares students to teach in both public and private middle, junior high, and high schools.  Students will be able to teach social studies, history, economics, and geography.  Western’s teaching preparation focuses on current and innovative teaching theories including the implementation of a service learning project, technology inclusion, and project based learning. The education program also provides the introduction to many important skills and elements of the teaching profession.  The development and understanding of which are essential for future success such as: classroom management, special education, lesson design, and educational psychology.  The students experience hands-on what it means to be a secondary social studies teacher because the program provides them the opportunity to participate in public school classroom activities as a practicum student.  These experiences have a four-pronged focus:  they introduce theories and pedagogical skills that are learned during classes are applied and reinforced by the teachers, they give students real-world teaching practices, they help students decide about their future teaching careers, and they lay the academic foundation needed before entering a bachelor’s degree program.  Students wanting to enter the teaching field must obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in education. Therefore, Western’s education program has specific pathways that will create a seamless transfer to any university in the country upon the successful completion of the associate degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

COMM 2010PUBLIC SPEAKING

3

EDCI 1000EDUCATION EXPERIENCE PROSPECTIVE TCHRS

2

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

EDCI 2440INTRODUCTION TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

2

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:14

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

APPROVED SCIENCE COURSE

4

ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

EDFD 2020FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

4

HIST 1211U.S. TO 1865

3

ECON 1010MACROECONOMICS

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes:

  • Approved Science Course can be fulfilled by Current Issues in Biology (BIOL 1003), Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 1000), Concepts of Physics (PHYS 1050), or Physical Geology (GEOL 1100).
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    APPROVED COMMUNICATION COURSE

    4

    EDFD 2100EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    4

    ITEC 2360TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY

    3

    HIST 1221U.S. FROM 1865

    3

    HIST 1320WORLD HISTORY TO 1750

    3

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes: 

  • Approved Communication Course can be fulfilled by First Year Spanish I (SPAN 1010) or First Year French I (FREN 1010). Students who are transferring out of state should replace SPAN 1010 (or FREN 1010) with HIST 1290.
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    EDEX 2484INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

    3

    POLS 1000AMERICAN & WYOMING GOVERNMENT

    3

    HIST 1330WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1750

    3

    ECON 1020MICROECONOMICS

    3

    APPROVED COMMUNICATION COURSE

    4

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Approved Communication Course can be fulfilled by First Year Spanish II(SPAN 1020) or First Year French II (FREN 1020). Students transferring out of state should replace SPAN 1020 with HIST 2290 or HIST 2310.

  • Total Credit Hours: 64