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Social Science Education Major

Become a social science high school teacher

Do you love studying history and have a passion for teaching others? SBU's social science education degree will equip you to become a history teacher at the secondary education level (grades 9-12) with a core of history courses.

The need is great for qualified social science teachers who also are dedicated to viewing teaching as a ministry and will be good role models for today's young students.

The Social Science Education degree is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences


Degree Plan

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The SBU Advantage

  • Field experience opportunities begin as early as your freshman year and culminate with a student teaching experience your senior year, providing valuable real-world experiences and networking opportunities.
  • Study from a multi-disciplinary, broad curriculum which will thoroughly prepare you for your career while also challenging you to treat your profession as a mission field.
  • Benefit from highly qualified faculty in both the history/political science and education disciplines.

Faith Integration

The faith perspective distinguishes SBU's social science education degree. History and political science faculty will challenge you to use a "3-D approach" by considering the body, mind and soul. 

As a social science education major, you will be challenged to not hide your faith but to consider your classroom as a mission field. Teachers should be instruments of God's grace and truth-bearers and SBU faculty are committed to raising up Christ-centered teachers who are servant leaders.


Social science education graduates are serving as high school teachers and coaches in public schools, private schools and other educational institutions across the region including:

  • Bolivar High School
  • Diamond High School
  • North Kansas City Schools
  • Reeds Spring High School

Graduate Schools

An advantage to studying education at SBU is the access to SBU's distinguished graduate studies in education. Many students begin their teaching careers while simultaneously pursuing further education at SBU with one of the following degree programs:

Student Missouri State Teachers Association

As a social science education major, you are encouraged to join SBU's chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA) to benefit from professional development and networking opportunities as you prepare for your future teaching career.