Department of Political Science

West Chester University

Contact Info:
Tara Easterling
205 Ruby Jones Hall

Certificate in Social Studies

The Bachelor of Arts, Certificate in Social Studies Education, prepares students to teach social studies at the secondary education level. The highly specialized program includes course work in all major fields of social studies as well as time spent in the field student teaching. The tests and procedures necessary for obtaining state certification are part of the program so that upon successful completion students are certified by the state of Pennsylvania to teach social studies at the secondary education level.

Students in this major have an academic advisor from the Political Science Department as well as a professional advisor from the School of Education. Students in this major should plan carefully their academic programs with both of their advisors in order to complete the courses necessary to student teach in their senior year. It is important to note that an overall GPA of 2.8 is needed to apply for student teaching in the state of Pennsylvania.