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Teaching Methods: Secondary History/ Social Studies




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Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This course explores the application of basic instructional methods and strategies of teaching social studies in middle school and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of secondary students by exploring current instructional and assessment theory; national, state, and local standards; and social issues that are found in various social studies courses. The course also helps prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting delivery methods and behavior management plans for diverse individual students and student populations. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



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History and Social Studies Education Content Knowledge, History, and Trends

  • Review the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) thematic standards.
  • Examine trends in the history of social studies instruction in public schools.
  • Identify current trends and issues in the teaching of social studies.

Standards, Curriculum, Assessments, Rubrics, and Instructional Approaches

  • Review state and national social studies standards and assessments.
  • Analyze the implications of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) themes for instruction.
  • Identify various strategies for assessing social studies learning objectives for all learners.
  • Analyze formative and summative social studies assessments and rubrics.
  • Identify examples of project-based social studies assessments and rubrics.
  • Review approaches to unit and lesson planning in teaching social studies.
  • Propose innovative instructional strategies and materials used to teach social studies to adolescents.
  • Analyze ways in which differentiating instruction
  • occurs in the social studies classroom.
  • Identify ways in which classroom management techniques can enhance the social studies classroom.
  • Describe methods to incorporate reading and writing strategies into social studies lessons.

Integrating Literature, Technology, and Media

  • Analyze the legal and ethical issues regarding the use of technology in the classroom.
  • Incorporate the use of technology in social studies instruction.
  • Identify online websites and media sources for the teaching of social studies.
  • Compile a list of fiction and nonfiction literature to enhance the teaching of social studies.

Parent, Teacher, and Community Collaboration; Professional Development

  • Explore strategies to utilize community resources in the social studies classroom.
  • Explore the range of social, health, educational, and language-related service agencies and other resources that are available at school or off-campus.
  • Examine how family and personal experiences shape teaching and learning perceptions in the social studies or history classroom.
  • Explain the importance of parent-teacher communication and collaboration.
  • Determine strategies for increasing the level of parental involvement.
  • Review the roles of social studies professional organizations.
  • Analyze professional resources available to social studies teachers.
  • Identify professional development opportunities in social studies


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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