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Secondary Education (7-12): Social Studies

Specialize in history while preparing for a career as a social studies teacher.

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Gain the knowledge, professional teaching style, and leadership techniques necessary to be a successful teacher for secondary level students in grades 7 through 12.

Featuring a combination of coursework and practical experiences, our program offers you the flexible and comprehensive path of enrolling as a history major while obtaining a Pennsylvania Department of Education social studies teaching certification. 

With the personalized advice and guidance of two advisors from both the history and education departments, you’ll observe high school classes, complete a practicum, and participate in a student teaching assignment.

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. By completing the education program requirements, including student teaching, and passing required certification exams, you will be eligible to apply for your Pennsylvania 7-12 social studies teaching certificate.

What sets us apart

Achieve success through flexibility

This concentrated program gives you flexibility in achieving a history degree with a Pennsylvania teacher certification, while enabling you to develop the knowledge, experience, and professional teaching style necessary to be a successful teacher.

Begin hands-on teaching experience early

All Education students also have the immense, unique opportunity to begin hands-on teaching experience as early as freshman year. While in pursuit of your secondary certification through education-related coursework, you'll also start field experiences in your first year, adding to the breadth of your educational experience and deepening your real-world knowledge.


View the academic catalog to further explore the curriculum.

The Department of Education at Waynesburg University offers teacher preparation  programs for elementary, elementary/middle, and secondary education which are approved by Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).