Bachelor of Arts/Science in Social Science Composite Teaching - Secondary Education Licensure

The Bachelor of Science in Social Science Composite Teaching degree has six basic components:

  1. General Education and Institutional Requirements (some may also be included in program requirements)
  2. Foreign Language Requirement (Bachelor of Arts only)
  3. Secondary Education Program Requirements
  4. Social Sciences Core Requirements
  5. Social Sciences Electives Requirements
  6. Secondary Education Program Admission and Program Requirements

Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
Information Literacy0-1
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement
Complete one of the following:3-16
16 credits in a single foreign language (by coursework or vertical credit)
Foreign language 2020 or 3060 class (C or higher)
Foreign language 1020 class (C or higher) and 12 credits FLATS/FL-GE in another language
Nonnative speakers may use ESL test or specific course(s)
Secondary Education Program Requirements
Complete one of the following through General Education or elective credit:
HIST 2700
HIST 2710
U.S. History to 1877
and U.S. History Since 1877
or POLS 1100 American Government
Complete one of the following through General Education or elective credit:
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan
Complete the following program prerequisite courses:
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL3
EDUC 2500Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms3
EDUC 3110Educational Psychology3
Social Sciences Core Requirements
HIST 1500World History to 15003
HIST 1510World History Since 15003
HIST 2700U.S. History to 18773
HIST 2710U.S. History Since 18773
HIST 3870History of Utah3
Complete three (3) of the following History Elective courses:
HIST 3010RSpecial Topics in History3
HIST 3040Early Modern Britain (1485-1716)3
HIST 3150Russian History from 1860-19243
HIST 3160Russian History 1924-Present3
HIST 3180Nineteenth Century Europe3
HIST 3190Twentieth Century Europe3
HIST 3240British History (1714-Present)3
HIST 3460Comparative Asian History3
HIST 3480East Asia to 18003
HIST 3490East Asia Since 18003
HIST 3550Culture of East Asia3
HIST 3620History of Colonial Latin America3
HIST 3630History of Modern Latin America3
HIST 3640History of Latin American Revolutions3
HIST 3660History of Mexico3
HIST 3670Slavery & the American Republic3
HIST 3720Colonial America (1607-1763)3
HIST 3730The American Civil War and Reconstruction (1848-1876)3
HIST 3740Emergence of Modern America (1876 - 1941)3
HIST 3750Contemporary America (1941-Present)3
HIST 4310History of Nationalism3
HIST 4370History of Social Movements in Modern America3
HIST 4400Introduction to Islam3
HIST 4490Nazi Germany and the Holocaust3
HIST 4700African-American History 1619-Present3
HIST 4710The American Revolution3
HIST 4720The New Nation (1789-1848)3
HIST 4730Society and Culture in the United States (1780-1860)3
HIST 4800RIndependent Study1-3
Complete the following Geography courses:
GEOG 1000Physical Geography3
GEOG 1300World Regional Geography3
GEOG 4200Geography of Utah3
Complete the following Economics courses:
ECON 2010Micro Economics3
ECON 2020Macro Economics3
Political Science
Complete the following Political Science courses:
POLS 1100American Government3
POLS 2100Introduction to International Relations3
Complete the following Sociology courses:
SOC 1010Introduction to Sociology3
Any upper division Sociology (SOC) course3
Complete the following Psychology courses:
PSY 1010General Psychology3
PSY 2000Writing in Psychology: APA Style3
PSY 3120Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 3400Psychology of Abnormal Behavior3
PSY 3710Behavioral Neuroscience3

Secondary Education Program Admission

To be admitted to the Secondary Education Program and enroll in professional courses:

  • USOE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses"

and students must pass the appropriate PRAXIS II content area subject test(s). In addition, one of the following must be completed:

  • Students with BA/BS degrees in progress must have completed at least 95% of major coursework and have approval of major academic content area department advisor
  • Students with completed BA/BS or higher degrees must have their transcripts reviewed by content area department advisor
Secondary Education Program Requirements
Semester I
SCED 3720Reading Writing Content Areas3
SCED 4100Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment3
SCED 4600Classroom Management3
SS 4700Social Studies Curr Methods3
Semester II
SCED 4900Secondary Student Teaching10
SCED 4989Student Teaching Seminar2

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 122 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative university GPA 3.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Social Sciences Composite Teaching program required course.
  6. USOE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses"
  7. Cumulative 3.0 GPA in program prerequisite and professional courses.

Graduation Plan 

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
EDUC 1001 FYE: Education 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
GEOG 1000 Physical Geography (GE: Physical Sciences & GLOCUP) 3
HIST 1500 World History to 1500 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (GE: Mathematics) 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology (GE: Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
Spring Semester
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
EDUC 1010 Foundations/Intro to Education 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
HIST 1510 World History Since 1500 3
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (GE: Exploration & GLOCUP) 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 1010 General Biology (LS) (GE: Life Sciences) 3
BIOL 1015 General Biology Lab (GE: Lab Sciences) 1
EDUC 2010 Intro to Exceptional Learners 3
HIST 2700 U.S. History to 1877 (GE: American Institutions 1 of 2) 3
POLS 1100 American Government 3
PSY 2000 Writing in Psychology: APA Style 3
Spring Semester
ECON 2010 Micro Economics 3
EDUC 2400 Foundations Multicultural/ESL 3
GEOG 1300 World Regional Geography 3
HIST 2710 U.S. History Since 1877 (GE: American Institutions 2 of 2) 3
HIST 3870 History of Utah 3
PSY 3120 Cognitive Psychology 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
EDUC 2500 Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms 3
POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations 3
PSY 3400 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 3
Upper division Sociology (SOC) course 3
HIST Elective 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
Spring Semester
ECON 2020 Macro Economics 3
EDUC 3110 Educational Psychology 3
GEOG 4200 Geography of Utah 3
History Elective 3
History Elective 3
General Education (Literature / Humanities) 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
PSY 3710 Behavioral Neuroscience 3
SCED 3720 Reading Writing Content Areas 3
SCED 4100 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 3
SCED 4600 Classroom Management 3
SS 4700 Social Studies Curr Methods 3
Spring Semester
SCED 4900 Secondary Student Teaching 10
SCED 4989 Student Teaching Seminar 2
 Total Hours129