What You'll Study
LHU’s secondary education social studies program leads to teaching certification for grades 7-12 in the public schools. The broad curriculum ensures competency in all seven social studies subjects, while providing an in-depth focus on the study of history with a global perspective. LHU’s focused instruction, small cohorts, and renowned rigor equal a strong demand for graduates that are ready to take on today’s classrooms. Topics covered include:
- Adolescent Development
- Global History
- Methods of Teaching Social Studies
- Socioeconomic Factors of a Classroom
- Educational Law
At LHU you will have the option to dual major in special education as part of your secondary education coursework. This dual degree will prepare you for the education job market and help you to meet the needs of today’s dynamic classroom environment. Topics covered include:
- Communication Disorders and Assistive Technology
- Literacy Skills for Students with Disabilities
- Foundations of Special Education
- Accreditation: Accredited by:
- Learning Outcomes: The Secondary Education-Social Studies program is fully accredited by the National
Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and by the National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP) and meets the standards of the Pennsylvania Department
of Education (PDE). Assessed formatively and summatively, student learning outcomes
align with the following guidelines:
- NCCS's Social Studies teacher preparation standards
- CAEP Teacher Education standards
- INTASC standards as reflected in student portfolios during sophomore and senior years
- Charlotte Danielson's framework
- PDE regulations
- Blocked Classes: The Secondary Education programs at LHU offer two “blocked” groupings of courses in the method and practice of teaching. One of them is typically scheduled in the sophomore year and the other in the senior year. Each block includes a subject-specific “methods” course where prospective teachers learn about curriculum, assessment, and technology in addition to methods for teaching in the various content areas.
- Student Teaching: LHU’s education curriculum will give you the opportunity to student teach at two different sites. You will likely have a choice of urban, rural, or suburban schools. You are also encouraged to student teach abroad at any of our partner universities.
- Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
- Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society: Lock Haven University's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, meets regularly throughout the fall and spring semesters and sponsors history-related events. Phi Alpha Theta provides students with professional development opportunities (such as attendance at and participation in regional and national conferences), and offers student members the opportunity to apply for prestigious awards and scholarships.
- Social Science Club: Social Science Club: This club, open to any student, holds a number of activities
both on and off campus. From fundraisers, and documentary viewing parties to political
forums and field trips, event highlights include:
- Fundraiser benefiting refugees in Sudan and Darfur
- Forums concerning election and health care issueS
- Halloween Ghost Walk highlighting Lock Haven’s paranormal history
Typically, the club organizes an annual weekend-long trip to a historically or culturally significant location. Past destinations include:
- Washington, D.C.
- Careers: As a graduate of LHU’s secondary education program, you will be prepared to teach
History in middle, junior, and senior high grades 7-12. Demand for secondary education
teachers with a dual degree in special education remains strong throughout the country,
particularly in rural and inner city districts.
- Facilities: Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities. Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices. Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, Media Services.