Help Students Gain Perspective on History and Government with the B.Ed. in Social Studies Education 6-12
Teachers have the unique opportunity to impact the lives of tomorrow’s leaders. By sharing a sound and useful understanding of history, government, and social studies, teachers can help prepare the next generation for a better world. Liberty’s Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) in Social Studies Education can equip you with an understanding of history, geography, government, and economics and help you gain the necessary skills needed to become a licensed teacher.
A degree in social studies with a teacher licensure track can prepare you for a rewarding career as a social studies teacher. You can graduate with confidence in your ability to teach and concisely communicate the value of social studies to your students.
Upon successful completion of Liberty University’s Virginia state-approved Bachelor of Education program, you may apply for your teaching license in another state through reciprocity, which may or may not result in additional requirements based on your state’s Department of Education regulations.
Why Choose Liberty’s B.Ed. in Social Studies Education 6-12 Degree?
Pursuing your teaching license is a big deal! We want to come alongside you and make the process as seamless as possible. Since true work experience is the best way to gain confidence as a teacher, we offer various practicum and student teaching opportunities to provide you with valuable classroom training.
Within our School of Education, we have a team dedicated to overseeing your practicum experience to ensure that you are prepared to take on a class full of students. You will have the chance to complete your student teaching in various locations throughout Virginia as well as in Washington, D.C., through one of our fellowship programs. Here, you’ll see the urban school setting and stay in the heart of the district for an entire semester!
Our nation is desperate for teachers who are well-educated, enthusiastic, and compassionate toward their students. As one of the largest providers of teachers in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Liberty wants to help prepare you to teach with integrity and strong Christian ethics. Because as an educator, you have the chance to make a huge impact on the lives of children from all types of backgrounds. Prepare yourself for this responsibility by partnering with us.
What Will You Learn in Our B.Ed. in Social Studies Education 6-12?
Our B.Ed in Social Studies Education provides you with a well-rounded education that can help you teach with confidence and authority. Your studies will focus on U.S. and world history with courses that provide an overview of our nation’s founding through modern times. A large part of your studies will focus on the formation of Western civilization through present-day Europe and the current situations modern society faces.
You will also study topics in economics and politics that will give you context and insight into the challenges of today. These important topics will be grounded in your education courses, which will show you how to effectively engage students in the classroom and teach them the value of social studies. You will also have hands-on experience in your practicum to apply your studies in a classroom setting.
Review the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!
ECON 213 – Principles of Microeconomics
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Free market thought evaluated from the Christian perspective
- The supply-and-demand model used to analyze microeconomic issues including market structures, government regulations, labor market, financial market, and international trade
GOVT 200 – Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Overview of the Christian worldview with regard to government and economics
- Political and economic ideas, government institutions, free market processes, public issues, economic policy, and political and economic activity
- The close relationship between a system of limited constitutional government and the free enterprise economy
HIUS 360 – American Economic History
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The growth of the American economy from the 18th century to the present
- The interaction between government, business, and labor with an emphasis on the development of the modern business corporation
HIWD 370 – Comparative Civilizations
This course provides a study of selected world civilizations with attention to the interaction with the West and the dynamics of cultural change.
Highlights of Our Bachelor of Education Degree
- The School of Education is accredited by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) through the Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP).
- Pursuing our Bachelor of Education licensure-tracks may make you eligible for the Federal TEACH Grant.
- You will have a total of 390 classroom hours by the time you graduate.
- The Educational Technology Lab provides students with resources, software, and equipment to help promote learning with technology.
- All of our faculty who oversee licensure courses have K-12 experience and a current teaching license.
- You will have the opportunity to do your student teaching in various locations throughout Virginia, including the Washington, D.C., public school system through our Washington Fellowship.
B.Ed. Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Theatre Arts Education Graduates
- Information consultant
- Legal policy expert
- Market researcher
- Museum curator
- Social sciences teacher
- Social scientist
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Admission essay
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- Official high school transcripts
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 applicants)
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.