May 09, 2021
Information on the social studies major with elementary or secondary education certification is given under the Education Department.
Interdisciplinary Major in Social Studies (Secondary)
The social studies major is primarily intended for students seeking a broad, cross-disciplinary understanding of the social sciences. Students completing a major in social studies are required to take courses in anthropology and sociology, economics and management, geological sciences, history and political science. No minor is required. The detailed requirements for the major are available from an Education Department adviser.
Albion offers programs leading to Michigan certification at the secondary level (grades 6-12) in the subject areas listed below and K-12 certification in French, German, Spanish and music.
The following are options for secondary teaching majors and minors:
Social Studies (major only)
Students accepted for secondary and/or K-12 certification must:
Pedagogy course(s) note: Students with a humanities (English, French, German, Spanish) major and minor take EDUC 339 ; students with a social science (history, political science, psychology) major and minor take EDUC 349 ; and, students with a mathematics/natural science (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics) major and minor take EDUC 359 . Otherwise, students with major and minors split between humanities, social science, and/or mathematics/natural science take the appropriate combination of EDUC 338 , EDUC 348 and EDUC 358 for one unit total. Music students take pedagogy courses in the Music Department. Students should consult with their Education Department adviser to ensure they are taking the correct pedagogy courses.
Secondary/K-12 Certification Program
* May be taken either fall or spring semester.
** Discuss appropriate course(s) with Education Department adviser. Music students take pedagogy course work offered through the Music Department.
*** EDUC 396 required for K-12 certification; EDUC 397 required for secondary certification. Course meets intermittently during the spring semester and intensively during three weeks in May, requires residence on campus, and is part of spring registration.
**** K-12 certification requires EDUC 371 in addition to EDUC 373 for French, German and Spanish majors. Course offered fall semester only.
*****History and political science major and minor require EDUC 349 .
Course descriptions and prerequisites are listed under the respective departments. Numbers in parentheses indicate units of credit awarded. Students apply for formal acceptance and admission into the teacher education program during their sophomore year, after completing EDUC 202 . If a student desires to do off-campus study, the ideal semester to do so is the fall of the junior year.