History & Anthropology
Social Studies is housed in the History and Anthropology Department located in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Social Studies is an “…integrated study of differing social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence” (National Council for the Social Studies, NCSS, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, pg. 3). Through the program, students will enroll in a variety of courses in the disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology. Along with their social studies courses, students will enroll in required educational courses to successfully complete the B.S.E. Two of the courses, The Social Studies and Methods of Social Studies, are taken to equip the students for successful completion of student teaching and to build a foundation for their transition to a teaching career. These courses require intense study of the National Council for the Social Studies National Curriculum, state standards, common core, NCSS C3, lesson/unit planning, instructional strategies, assessment, professional memberships and classroom management in the social studies classroom.
The social studies department is nationally accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), newly known as Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The department is charged by NCSS to encompass the social mission of promoting civic competence. Through the social science courses and both social studies courses, the program provides students with the content and skills to fulfill this mission.
The Program Coordinator for Social Studies Education is Dr. Starlynn Nance.
Links for Social Studies Students
Student Teaching at UCM: http://www.ucmo.edu/cert/student_teaching.cfm
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: http://www.dese.mo.gov/
Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments: Tests Required for Certification: http://www.mo.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Tests.html