Social Studies Education, B.S.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 124

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 40

Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.75

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.75

Program Code: B837

Admission and Retention Requirements

Admission Requirements—Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
Students are eligible for admission to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education with:

  1. a minimum of 24 semester hours earned from an accredited institution of higher learning;
  2. a minimum of 2.75 combined retention grade point average on all coursework attempted;
  3. a declared major in education.

Full Admission Requirements—Teacher Education and Professional Studies Programs
Students are eligible for admission to Teacher Education with:

  1. a minimum of 30 semester hours from an accredited institution of higher learning to include the following 24 hours as defined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education with a grade of C or better: English (Composition and Literature)-6 hours; MATH, Gen. Ed. Core I -3 hours; American History-3 hours; American Government-3 hours; Humanities to include Artistic Forms, Western Civilization, Non-Western Culture, World Language, or other advisor-approved Gen. Ed. course -3 hours; Social and Behavioral Sciences-3 hours; Natural Sciences-3 hours.
  2. a minimum of 2.75 grade point average (OU retention and combined retention) on all coursework attempted;
  3. Meet one of the six performance criteria listed by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) that students may use to qualify for admission into an Oklahoma teacher education program. Speak with your Education Advisor for more details.

Admission to a teaching program requires submission of an application,essay, background check,and an interview with the admission committee prior to enrollment in the first education course.

Retention Requirements—Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

  1. When a student accepts an offer of admission into a JRCoE department or program, they commit to comply with all its regulations, including those regarding professional conduct and dispositions that are contained in the JRCoE Professional Behavior Policy.
  2. Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 grade point average (OU retention and combined retention) in all undergraduate coursework and a minimum 3.00 grade point average in all graduate coursework attempted.
  3. Students must maintain a minimum of 2.75 undergraduate grade point average in both professional education courses and in specialized education courses with no grade less than a C and must maintain a minimum of 3.00 grade point average in graduate professional and specialized education courses, with no grade less than a B.
  4. Students must earn a C or better in COMM 1113 or COMM 2613.
  5. Students whose OU retention or combined retention grade point averages at the undergraduate level fall below 2.75 will be subject to dismissal from the college. At the graduate level, students must meet Graduate College requirements.
  6. Students who have not earned OU retention and combined retention grade point averages of 2.75 after the completion of 60 semester hours will be dismissed from the college.
  7. Because one college level math course is a requirement for full admission into both the college and the teacher preparation program, declared Education majors must complete at least one college-level Math within the first four semesters of enrollment at OU. Transfer students who have not completed a college level Math course will have two semesters to complete the requirement. Students who fail to meet the requirement within the time limits specified will be subject to dismissal from the college.
  8. Course work more than 10 years old in the teaching specialization and professional education may not be credited to ward the completion of a teacher education degree and/or certificate program. However, course work over 10 years old may be reviewed by the appropriate certificate committee for possible credit toward the completion of a teacher education degree and/or certificate program.
  9. A student has 6 years to complete a teacher education degree and/or certificate program after full admission. After the 6- year period, a student must seek readmission to that program and meet the catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
  10. Students will be withdrawn from courses for failing to observe prerequisites and corequisites. Continued disregard of prerequisites and corequisites is grounds for dismissal from the college.

Major Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum of 2.75 grade point average with no grade less than a C in the Professional Education and the Specialized Education courses for graduation.

Certification: To be fully certified, students must pass Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators and apply for a license.

Professional Education (34 hours)
EIPT 3473Learning, Development, and Assessment for Teachers 13
EDSP 3053Understanding and Accommodating Exceptional Learners3
EIPT 3043Learning with Educational Technologies3
EDS 4003Schools in American Cultures 13
EIPT 3483Motivation and Classroom Management for Teachers3
EDSS 4553Foundations and Mentoring in Social Studies3
EDSS 4563Teaching Secondary School Social Studies 13
ILAC 4243Student Teaching Seminar 23
EDUC 4060Teaching Experiences in the Secondary School 1,210
Specialized Education (45 hours)
HIST 3393History of Oklahoma3
HIST 1613Western Civilization I3
HIST 1623Western Civilization II 33
Choose 3 hours of World History Electives 43
GEOG 1114Physical Geography (II-Lab) 34
GEOG 2603World Regional Geography 33
Choose two courses from the Political Science Electives list 46
Choose 9 hours in American History Electives 49
Choose 6 hours of Social Science Perspectives from one of the following areas: 46
Choose advisor-approved electives, if needed, to meet the minimum of 124 total hours5
Total Credit Hours79

These courses require field experience. 


These courses are taken together in the final semester.


These 10 hours along with the 45 hours listed in General Education comprise the 55 hours required for General Education.


A minimum of 12 hours taken from electives in World History, Political Science, American History, or Social Science Perspectives must be completed at the upper-division level. 

Political Science Elective Course List

P SC 2103Politics in America3
P SC 2503Global Politics3
P SC 2603Governments Around the World3
P SC 3020Problems in American Government and Politics1-3
P SC 3033Religion and Politics in America3
P SC 3053Global Religion and American Foreign Policy3
P SC 3143U.S. Congress3
P SC 3163The American Presidency3
P SC 3213Law, Politics, and Society3
P SC 3323State Government3
P SC 3403Interest Groups and Social Movements3
P SC 3413American Political Parties3
P SC 3433Voters and Campaigns3
P SC 3443Mass Media and American Politics3
P SC 3723Foundations of American Politics3
P SC 3970Honors Seminar1-3
P SC 4020Problems in American Government1-3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses taken to fulfill the University General Education Requirements must be chosen from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at The following courses meet minimum University, College, and State General Education Requirements.

Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
Communication Skills (9 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition (Core I-EN1)3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition (Core I-EN2)3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
COMM 1113Principles of Communication (Core I)3
or COMM 2613 Public Speaking
Language (0-10 hours)0-10
University-Wide General Education Requirement: Choose two college-level courses in a single language; may be satisfied by successful completion of 2 years in a single language in high school (Core I)
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Requirement: Teacher candidates must demonstrate conversational skills at a novice-high level in a language other than English OR demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs of Emergent Bilingual (English Learner) students in the P-12 classroom and are proficient in the strategies required for successful delivery of P-12 instruction in that area 1
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one MATH course (Core I-MATH)3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory course)
Choose one course in the biological sciences: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO (Core II-NS)3-5
One course in the physical sciences is required (AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS), which is satisfied by GEOG 1114 (Core II-NSL) in the Specialized Education section
Core Area III: Social Science (9 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government (Core III-PSC)3
SOC 1113Introduction to Sociology (Core III-SS)3
ECON 1113Principles of Economics-Macro (Core III-SS)3
or ECON 1123 Principles of Economics-Micro
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
HIST 1483United States to 1865 (Core IV-HIST)3
HIST 1493United States, 1865 to the Present3
GEOG 1103Human Geography (Core IV-WC )3
Artistic Forms: Choose one course from the General Education Approved List (Core IV-AF)3
World Culture: Choose one course from the General Education Approved List (3000-level or above, and advisor approved (Core IV-WDC)3
Choose a World Civilization Elective (advisor approved)3
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course (Core V-FYE)3
Total Credit Hours45-55

The novice-high level language requirement may be satisfied by classical, modern, Native or American Sign Language. Courses that demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs of Emergent Bilingual students are determined by the College of Education.

The 45 hours above, along with HIST 1623GEOG 1114GEOG 2603 (10 hours) in the Professional and Specialized Education requirements, comprise the 55 required Liberal Arts hours.

Certification and Degree Requirements

Field Experiences: Transfer students without appropriate field experiences may be required to enroll in EDUC 2400.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: Only general education electives may be taken under the pass/no pass option.
Residence Requirements: Students must complete either the last 30 hours or 45 of the last 60 hours after being fully admitted to a teacher education program to satisfy this requirement.
Requirements to be Completed to be Eligible for Student Teaching Internship: Students must be in good standing and have completed all baccalaureate degree requirements with the exception of the appropriate internship course itself and the courses taken with it in the final semester per their major requirements.
Junior College Transfer Students: Students transferring from a junior college may use the transferred credit to meet certain lower-division course requirements only; that is, freshman and sophomore-level courses.
Degree Completion Responsibility: Although the Dean’s Office checks each student’s records, the responsibility for meeting degree requirements lies with the student and not with the advisor or the Dean. Each student should obtain a copy of his or her requirements for graduation and check it regularly as he or she completes his or her degree program.
Graduation Application: The final step to be completed by the student before graduation is the filing of an official Application for Graduation. The Application for Graduation should be filled out online by May 1 for fall graduation, December 1 for spring graduation, and March 1 for summer graduation. The student’s degree will not be conferred, nor any completion statement entered on their transcript, until the required application is filed.

Admission & Retention Requirements

It is the responsibility of the student to read and be familiar with the requirements for Admission to, and Retention in, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. The current Admission and Retention policies can be found in the college's overview page in the OU General Catalog, under the Undergraduate tab here:

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of Education academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy university, College of Education, and major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I-EN1) 3
MATH (Core I-MATH) 3
HIST 1483 United States to 1865 (Core IV-HIST) 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III-PSC) 3
First Year Experience (Core V-FYE) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I-EN2)
or Expository Writing
HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present (Core IV-HIST) 3
SOC 1113 Introduction to Sociology (Core III-SS) 3
Arts & Humanities (Core IV-Artistic Forms) 3
Biological Sciences, one course in BIOL/HES/MBIO/PBIO (Core II-NS) 3-5
 Credit Hours15-17
First Semester
ECON 1113
Principles of Economics-Macro (Core III-SS)
or Principles of Economics-Micro
GEOG 1114 Physical Geography (Core II-NSL) 4
HIST 1613 Western Civilization I 3
P SC Chosen from list 3
P SC Chosen from list 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
EIPT 3473 Learning, Development, and Assessment for Teachers 3
EDSP 3053 Understanding and Accommodating Exceptional Learners 3
EDSS 4553 Foundations and Mentoring in Social Studies 3
HIST 1623 Western Civilization II 3
GEOG 1103 Human Geography (Core IV-WC) 3
 Credit Hours15
First Semester
COMM 1113
Principles of Communication (Core I)
or Public Speaking
EDS 4003 Schools in American Cultures 3
GEOG 2603 World Regional Geography (Core IV-WC) 3
History Elective 3
Social Science Perspectives Elective–ECON/SOC/PSY 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
EIPT 3043 Learning with Educational Technologies 3
American History Elective 3
Social Science Perspectives Elective–ECON/SOC/PSY 3
Advisor-approved Elective 5
World Culture—Upper-Division (Core IV-WDC, Advisor Approved) 3
 Credit Hours17
First Semester
EDSS 4563 Teaching Secondary School Social Studies 3
EIPT 3483 Motivation and Classroom Management for Teachers 3
HIST 3393 History of Oklahoma 3
American History Elective 3
American History Elective 3
World Civilization/History Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
EDUC 4060 Teaching Experiences in the Secondary School 10
ILAC 4243 Student Teaching Seminar 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours124