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Follow your love of history, government, and economics by earning a social studies teaching license. 


Mostly Online

You'll complete over 80% of your coursework online.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

18 months


  • Foundations in Education (EDUC627)

    Introduction to the teaching profession and focus on influences shaping education. History, philosophy, psychology, sociology, legal matters, reform, and other current education issues. Student mental health and impact of chemicals in student lives, families, and schools. Personal growth planning and the connection between professional responsibilities and personal faith and values.

    3 credits

  • General Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EDUC630)

    Active-learning, activity-centered eperience. Application of various pedagogical theories and methods in teaching middle and high school students through the practice of planning, implementation, and assessment procedures.

    3 credits

  • Psychology of Student Learning (EDUC634)

    Application of educational principles relevant to the physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development of preadolescents and adolescents. Identification of different approaches to K-12 students’ development, learning, performance, and critical elements needed to structure an effective learning environment. Synthesis of early assessment theory and current issues. Analysis of theories and principles that influence and motivate learning, development, and behavior related to the learning environment.

    3 credits

  • General Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EDUC641)

    Creation of standards-based, short and long-range plans that are linked to student needs and performance, connected to other disciplines, and include technology resources to support learning. Integration of evidence-based instructional strategies that meet learner needs. Development of assessments and evaluations using appropriate data practices. Examination of Christian perspectives and personal values within the professional practice of teaching.

    4 credits

  • Field Experiences in School-based Settings (EDUC643)

    Application of information gained through observations of general education, special education, EL and/or other teachers and students with specific learning needs in educational environments. Implementation of principles of effective instruction in the content area and grade level of licensure. Development of planning skills, instructional strategies, assessment skills, self-assessment skills, and professional dispositions using feedback from educational professionals. Observation of teachers’ use of culturally-responsive instructional practices to incorporate students’ experiences, cultures and communication into instruction.

    3 credits

  • Social Studies 5-12 Teaching Methods (EDUC659)

    Methods and strategies for designing and implementing standards-based learning plans for secondary social studies students using a variety of materials and educational technology. Creation and implementation of formal and informal assessments for evaluating student progress and performance. Identification of classroom management practices in a technology-integrated environment. Identification of ways to involve business, community, co-curricular activities and extracurricular activities in creating educational opportunities. A Christian or personal worldview perspective on the role of teaching social studies.

    4 credits

  • Field Experience (EDUC661)

    Participate in field experiences in K-12 schools and other school-based settings in order to apply coursework to authentic teaching experiences, observe educational contexts and receive mentoring from classroom teachers. Practice reflective skills by debriefing field experiences, writing a formative edTPA, and integrating a spiritual worldview.

    2 credits

  • Teaching Content Area Literacy (EDUC665)

    Analysis of knowledge of research-based skills and assessment strategies, reading processes, and instructional practices in the content area. Integration of various instructional strategies to support readers of various proficiency levels, linguistic backgrounds, and specific learning needs in K-12 settings. Implementation of reading research by determining strategies for developing and implementing academic language, vocabulary, fluency, orthographic knowledge, morphological relationships within words, and comprehension. Application of strategies for enhancing K-12 students’ visual, critical, vocabulary, and writing literacy.

    3 credits

  • Equity in Diverse School Contexts (EDUC669)

    Identification of various groups in American communities and how to foster communication. Analysis of Minnesota-based American Indian tribes. Evaluation of the effects that racial, cultural, and economic factors have in the classroom. Exploration of practical classroom strategies for addressing diversity and inclusion challenges such as bias, discrimination, prejudices, racism, religion, gender, and sexism. Designing and differentiating a culturally-responsive curriculum for a variety of students. Differentiation of curriculum and teaching for gifted and talented students.

    3 credits

  • Methods of Teaching Social Studies, 5-12 (EDUC687)

    Creation of short and long-range learning plans for social studies learners in grades 5-12. Analysis of how content is taught and classroom management is utilized in standards-based middle and high school classes. Design of effective instructional strategies which meet the needs of diverse learners. Implementation of formal and informal assessments.

    3 credits

  • Student Teaching Seminar (EDUC750)

    Development of reflective skills, professional qualities, and instructional and evaluative skills.  Clarification of personal teaching/learning beliefs, modification of instruction for diverse student needs, and development of effective learning environments. Embeded differentiated instruction for ELS and special education students in the general education classroom. Refinement of assessment strategies and classroom management techniques that maximize student learning.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC778;EDUC779

  • Teacher Candidate Seminar (EDUC753)

    Analyzation of data from assessments to monitor student progress and guide next steps for instruction. Strategies for managing student behaviors to maximize learning. Use of classroom teaching, information about students, collaboration with professionals, problem-solving strategies and self-assessment in the teaching and learning environment. Creation of professional job search tools. Social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of information and technology. Christian or personal perspectives on the Code of Ethics for Minnesota teachers.

    3 credits

  • Student Teaching Placement I (EDUC778)

    Planning and implementing standards-based instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, educational research and/or theory, appropriate educational technology, and diverse needs of students. Use of formal and informal assessment strategies to monitor growth and progress, give feedback, and guide next steps for instruction. Execution of effective classroom management techniques. Establishment of productive relationships, through effective verbal and written communication, with parents/guardians, counselors, teachers, and other school-based stakeholders.

    5 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC750;EDUC779

  • Student Teaching Placement II (EDUC779)

    Continued practice of prior teaching experience under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while students teach.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC750;EDUC778