Elementary Certification Teaching Major - Social Studies

Help young learners understand the social forces that shape our society. From the study of history to understanding how our government works, social studies curriculum is essential for young citizens.

This program will train you in the latest strategies for teaching students about the important cultural, economic, geographic, political and social dimensions of human society, with an emphasis on evidence-based lessons and creative projects that enhance learning.

A bachelor’s degree in social studies with elementary teacher certification will prepare you to teach all subjects in grades K-5 with the option to become certified to teach social studies subjects in grades 6-8 upon meeting endorsement requirements. Plus, with successful completion of the program, you’ll earn both a bachelor’s degree and faculty recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Standard Certificate.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 36 semester hours from the following:

Required Courses
EXPS 282History & Civics Elem Schools3
EXPS 283Geography & Econ Elem Schools3
HIST 101The World to 1500 CE3
HIST 103The World Since 1500 CE3
HIST 112The American Past II3
HIST 3601Michigan History3
POL 101American Politics3
POL 371Problems in Intl Politics3
or POL 471 American Foreign Policy I
or POL 472 American Foreign Policy II
URS 300Urban and Regional Studies3
300 Level GEOG Elective
ECON 201Prin: Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Prin: Microeconomics3
Total Credit Hours36

Major Notes:

  1. 12 semester hours required at UM-Dearborn.
  2. 9 semester hours at 300 level or above required.

Program Notes:

  1. Minimum GPA's are required for program completion: 2.75 cumulative, 2.75 in major, 2.75 in optional minor(s), and 2.75 in Professional Studies.
  2. Advising Policy:  The student is responsible for complying with requirements described in the Undergraduate Catalog as well as on the Four Phase Checklist.  Students are expected to meet with their College of Education, Health, and Human Services advisor at least once per year and in the term prior to graduation.
  3. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  4. The minimum number of semester hours required to graduate is 128.
  5. CEHHS recommends successful program completers for State of Michigan Certification, however, it is ultimately up to the State of Michigan to issue certificates.  Certain offenses on a criminal record can keep individuals from obtaining teacher certification.  Please refer to The Revised School Code, Act 451 of 1976, section 380.1539b.
  6. Students must meet Dearborn Discovery Core requirements.  See http://umdearborn.edu/696973/ for details

Professional Requirements

The professional sequence of education courses consists of a minimum of 43 semester hours of credit. This concentration of study represents the core of your professional preparation. At least one practicum is required prior to student teaching. The semester hours are distributed as follows:

EDA 340Foundations of American Ed3
or EDA 306 Foundations of Professionalism in Education
Multicultural Education
EXPS 410Multicult in School and Soc3
Not Required for Early Childhood Majors
EDC 300Educational Psychology3
EDC 412Social Devl/Pos Guidnce Techn (required for Early Childhood majors)3
or EDC 417 Mgmt of Classroom Behavior
EDC 460Educating the Exceptional Chld3
Not Required for Early Childhood Majors
Methodologies (See Note #1 below)
EDD 452Methods of Teaching Math K-83
EDD 468Teach Read/Lang Arts- Elem Grd 13
EDD 467Practicum in Reading Instruct 11
EDD 471Reading Instr: Models and Meth 13
EDD 485Teach Science in the Elem Grd3
EDD 495Elementary Social Studies Methods3
Professional Semester (See Notes #3 & #5 below)
EDD 435Dir Teaching: Elementary Sch10
EDD 437Seminar: Teaching Elementary Grades2
Total Credit Hours43

 EDD 467 and EDD 471 are to be taken concurrently. Both require EDD 468 as a prerequisite.


  1. Enrollment in all the required EDD courses is open only to those who are officially admitted to and in good academic standing in the Teacher Certification Program at UM-Dearborn.  See Four-Phase Checklist for more information.
  2. Eligibility for directed teaching requires meeting all the requirements listed on the Four-Phase Checklist.
  3. Recommendations for teacher certification and additional endorsements require passing scores on the MTTC Elementary Education (#103) exam and other MTTC subject area tests.
  4. Minimum number of hours to graduate is 128 semester hours.

Learning Goals

  1. Candidates for certification will be capable in their content specialty areas (teaching major(s)and/or minor(s)).
  2. Candidates for certification will be capable users of pedagogical knowledge.
  3. Candidates for certification will be reflective about their practice.