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Social Studies Education, Economics Track (B.S.Ed.)

B.S.Ed., Social Studies Education,
Economics Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You’ll Do

Economists understand the importance of choices. They analyze options and measure outcomes and consequences. As a Social Studies Education major taking the Economics track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll be able to explore the field of economics through a range of courses while also developing skills in the field of social studies education.

Your economics classes will allow you to apply your interest in mathematics to the study of issues such as unemployment, health care, economic growth, and free enterprise. In addition, your IUP studies will include courses that cover history, politics, and geography.

To prepare for a career as a teacher, you’ll study topics such as school law, educational psychology, teaching methods, and the education of students with disabilities. Indiana University of Pennsylvania has earned a reputation for outstanding teacher education and offers an extensive student teaching program.

What You’ll Become

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a Social Studies major/Economics track leads to teaching certification for social studies in Pennsylvania secondary schools. You will be certified to teach economics as well as other social sciences. As a teacher, you’ll enrich young minds as you help your students to better understand their world.

Employment of teachers is expected to grow by 12 percent between 2006 and 2016, although some areas will do better than others. This is expected to create 479,000 additional teacher positions, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Special Features

  • Students with this major may be interested in adding the Asian Studies minor, the Latin American Studies minor, or the Pan-African Studies minor.
  • The international student teaching option offers students the chance to spend half a semester teaching in another country.
  • All IUP teacher education programs and eligible graduate programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • Students can choose to join the Economics Club.
  • The First Commonwealth Center for Economic Education is located in the Department of Economics in McElhaney Hall. Its mission is to help upgrade the quality of economic education in grades kindergarten through twelve through teacher training, consulting services, research, and materials development. The center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization affiliated with both EconomicsPennsylvania (formerly known as the Pennsylvania Partnership for Economic Education and the Pennsylvania Council on Economic Education) and Economics America (the National Council on Economic Education).