BS Social Studies Education

Trine University Student AchievementsPreparing future social studies educators involves courses that cover a wide perspective in historical foundations, psychology, economics and government. The Bachelor of science with a major in social studies education program at Trine University addresses topics such as:

    • social justice
    • ideal and practice of citizenship in a democratic society
    • global connections and interdependence

Extensive field work in the methods of teaching social studies is included to help you gain an understanding of the value and use of instructional resources in a dynamic, student-centered learning environment characterized by positive, productive and healthy interactions.

800+ hours in real classrooms

The Bachelor of science with a major in social studies education program features a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes the value of real-world experience. Our expert faculty educate future teachers in:

  • classroom management strategies
  • instructional methods and curriculum updates
  • implementation and effective use of classroom technology

These lessons are put into practice in the real classrooms where you will spend more than 800 hours prior to graduation. Classroom experiences begin in the first year and culminate in a 16-week student teaching opportunity where you will work closely with a faculty advisor at Trine and a cooperating teacher at your placement school.


Be highly prepared for your teaching career

In 2017, 100 percent of superintendents and principals surveyed indicated that Franks School of Education graduates were more prepared as first-year teachers compared to other college. Graduates from the Franks School of Education have a high level of job placement, with 100 percent of graduates employed or in graduate school over the past four years. In addition to classroom teaching, students have obtained other educationally related positions, and still others go on to complete master's degrees. Feedback from school administrators consistently refers to how well the Trine University teacher education graduates are prepared to begin teaching from day one in the classroom and how effective these teachers are far beyond graduation.

Indiana Department of Education

Special education licensure

Trine University offers special education licensure programs for preschool through 12th grade, allowing certain secondary education programs to add special education licensure to an existing content area within their four-year degree program at Trine. If you are interested in pursuing special education licensure, talk to your faculty advisor.


Additional Information

Area school districts where students participate in field experiences and student teaching include, though are not limited to:

  • Bronson Community Schools (Michigan)
  • Coldwater Community Schools (Michigan)
  • Sturgis Community Schools (Michigan)
  • MSD of Steuben County Schools (Indiana)
  • Prairie Heights Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Hamilton Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Fremont Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Garrett, Keyser Butler Community Schools (Indiana)
  • DeKalb County Central United School District (Indiana)
  • DeKalb Eastern Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Quincy Community Schools (Michigan)
  • Edgerton Local School District (Ohio)
  • Edon-Northwest Local School District (Ohio)
  • Central Noble Community Schools (Indiana)
  • East Noble Community Schools (Indiana)
  • West Noble Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Lakeland Community Schools (Indiana)

With a Bachelor of Science with a major in social studies education, you have many opportunities for rewarding careers or advanced studies.

Explore the Possibilities:

  • Teacher
  • Grade-level or content department chair
  • Building principal
  • Assistant superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Curriculum director
  • Child care worker
  • Coach
  • Publications adviser (yearbooks, newspaper, etc.)
  • Community agency director
  • Counselor
  • Graduate student
Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.