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Major inElementary Education - Social Studies Endorsement (5-8)

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Elementary Education - Social Studies Endorsement (5-8) Curriculum Overview

Prerequisite to Student Teaching: 6 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 346 Effective Middle School Teach 2
ED - 476 Teach 5-8 Social Studies 1
ED - 487 Reading Across Content Areas 3

The historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical aspects of the middle school are studied. Discussion and activities focus on the purposes, functions and implications of the curriculum and the learner. Students explore middle school teaching practice and student learning in the classroom and current middle school organization and practice. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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Teaching Middle Level Social Studies is a methods class that provides the student with the social studies curriculum, and specific methods required to teach in the middle school. The knowledge, skills, and values that provide curriculum content will be identified as well as a variety of approaches and issues for instruction. The student will be able to develop a social studies framework reflecting current thought and provide leadership in the school setting for social studies instruction. This course will provide the middle grade teacher with the concepts needed to make appropriate instructional decisions.( Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program.)

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The range of standardized and informal assessment options will be studied. Techniques will include the administration of procedures including analyzing data and making instructional and placement decisions. Communication of results to students' parents, caregivers and other professionals; impact on career skills affecting employability; and ethical issues will be discussed. (Prerequisite to Student Teaching.)

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Student Teaching Clinical (Partial): 4 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 471 Student Teaching 4

Student teaching provides direct teaching experience for students to develop the understanding, skills, and dispositions necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in classrooms for young children. Typically, students are assigned to work with two cooperating teachers in two different classrooms for one full semester. Seminars are held on campus and a capstone portfolio is required. (Birth-Grade 3 Practicum.)

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Specialty in Middle Level Social Studies: 20 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
GE - 101 Human Geography 2
HIS - 212 Introduction to History 4
HIS - 231 USA to 1877 4
HIS - 320 Minnesota History 2
POL - 131 American Government 4
SOC - 152 Introduction to Sociology 4

Human Geography is an introduction to the basic techniques and concepts of geography. Population, culture, livelihood, settlements and political geography are introduced with emphasis placed on the human role in inhabiting and changing the landscape.

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Students familiarize themselves with methods of inquiry in history and compare these with the methodologies of other disciplines. The course asks participants to raise relevant questions about the data, sources, and conclusions of the material they examine and to conduct their own inquiry through the completion of a self-designed project.

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This survey course traces American history from colonial times through Reconstruction. The course emphasizes a broad range of topics including: colonial settlement patterns, the growth of slavery, the Revolution, the development of nationalism, the Age of Jackson, Westward expansion, sectionalism, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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This course will examine the social, cultural, economic, and political history of Minnesota from pre-European contact to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on American Indian and European-American conflict. This course will also focus on interrelationship between Minnesota's geophysical environment and socio-cultural development. Topics will include Native American life and culture, European settlement, the fur trade, immigration, economic and industrial development, political institutions, cultural legacy, ethnic heritage, and Minnesota's place in the global community.

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This course introduces the student to mechanics, institutions, problem and principles of American national government. It stresses the relationship of constitutional principles to American political practice. Emphasis is placed on change in the political environment and judicial interpretation of constitutional tenants as major factors in a viable and dynamic American political system. Racial and Ethnic minorities are also examined in this course.

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This course provides an introduction to the systematic study of society and social behavior. Investigation will focus on the values and norms shared by society's members, the groups and institutions that compose social structure, and the forces that are transforming social reality.

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Meet Your Professors

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo Term Faculty of Education

Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo brings a practical approach to Leadership in Education.

Dr. Sally Baas Director of SEAT Program, Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Baas has devoted her teaching to preparing future educators for diversity in the classroom and developing teaching methods to best serve students of various ethnic backgrounds.

Richard Benson Instructor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and Teacher Education

Rick has been a faculty member at Concordia University St. Paul since 1999 serving as an Instructor in both the Undergraduate Teacher Education Department and the Kinesiology

Diane Harr Assistant Professor of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education and Chair of Undergraduate/Initial Licensure Programs

Harr coordinates and teaches in graduate special education programs and undergraduate criminal justice.

Donald Helmstetter, Ph.D. Director, Education Doctorate Programs

In addition to his administrative duties at Concordia, Dr. Helmstetter continues to teach leadership courses at the graduate and post-graduate level.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Mr. Jerry Robicheau Term Faculty of Education

Career Potential

  • Public School Teacher (K-6)
  • Private School Teacher (K-6)
  • Middle School Communication Arts / Literature Teacher
  • Middle School Mathematics Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Middle School Social Studies Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher

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