Broad Field Social Studies Education Major (M)

The Broad Field Social Studies Education program entitles the applicant to teach all social studies courses in Grades 4-12.  The Broad Field Social Studies Education program requires a History Major with a Social Science concentration alongside a major in Secondary Education.

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge) 

2. Learning Differences : The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge) 

3. Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. (Teaching Practice, Human Relations)

4. Content Knowledge: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content. (Content Knowledge)

5. Application of Content:  The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

6. Assessment Strategies: The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)

7. Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)

8. Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. (Pedagogical Knowledge, Communication Skills, Teaching Practice)

9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

10. Leadership and Collaboration: The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

11.  Character/Faith Development: All teachers model a value system which emphasizes moral and ethical character. Teachers in Christian schools integrate faith and learning while modeling Christian mission and service with a biblical worldview. Lutheran teachers adhere to the doctrine and practice of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. (Human Relations, Professional Dispositions, Content Knowledge)


NOTE: All licensable majors and minors require that students pass applicable content examinations for licensure in the state of Wisconsin.

Core Requirements45 - 48
Secondary Curriculum31 - 37
Major Subject Area54
Total Hours130-139

NOTE: Check with the Chair of the Secondary Education Department for possible changes in this major.

Core Curriculum - 45-48 Credits

Concordia Common Core - 18-21 Credits

Theology - Public Education
REL 100The Bible3
REL 110Christian Faith3
Theology - Lutheran (LTD) & Christian (CTC)
REL 201Old Testament3
REL 203New Testament3
REL 204Biblical Theology3
CCE 130Christian Citizen3
CCE 140Science & Humanity3
CCE 110Western Culture & Worldview3
CCE 120Western Thought & Worldview3
Liberal Arts Dimensions
ENG 104Introduction to Writing3
COMM 105Public Speaking (or a Language course)3
or COMM 201 Interpersonal Communication
Faith and Life Elective: Any course with REL prefix other than REL 100, 110, 201, 203, 204 3
ED 1102Foundations of Education3
HHP 100Stewardship of the Body1
HHP Activity Course 1
Human Creativity and Expression: Art, Music, Theater, Literature or Graphic Design activity course3
MATH 125Contemporary Math3
or MATH 128 College Algebra
SCI 110Introduction to Life and Physical Sciences4
ED 1103Human Relations for Teachers (register with ED 1212)3
Note: Two CUW - approved writing intensive courses are required for graduation. Other Electives if under 120 credits: 3-6

Secondary Curriculum 31 - 37 credits

Field Experience (clincial experiences are graded as pass/fail)
ED 1211Discovery Clinical0
ED 1212Cultural Clinical0
ED 1213Special Education Clinical0
Education Seminars (seminars are graded as pass/fail)
ED 1000Orientation Seminar0
ED 2000UDS Seminar0
ED 3000Student Teaching Seminar0
Theoretical & Practical Components
ED 1230Nature of the Exceptional Child (register with ED 1213)3
ED 1275Human Learning (register with ED 1211)3
ED 3318The Art & Science of Planning 23
ED 4337The Art and Science of Assessment 2,33
ED 4339The Art and Science of Instruction 2,33
ED 4411The Profession and Ethics of Teaching 23
Student Teaching Component (Take these courses in the same semester)
ED 4414Portfolio Completion-Secondary 21
ED 4433
ED 4434
Secondary Ed Student Teaching 1
and Secondary Ed Student Teaching 2 2
Lutheran (LCMS Members) Teacher Diploma Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
REL 404Lutheran Confessions3
Christian Teacher Certification Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
Select one of the following:3
Lutheran Confessions
Law and Gospel in the Life of the Church
A Survey of Christian Thought
Christian Apologetics
Christ and Culture

Major Requirements- 54 credits

Social Science Foundations
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
PSY 101General Psychology3
GEOG 220Cultural Geography3
ECON 200Principles of Economics3
POLS 201American Government3
Historical Foundations (Select 5 courses)15
American Civilization (American History)
History of Christianity (Western/European History)
Early America: 1492-1800 (American History)
Indus America: 1865-1920 (American History)
US-World Power: 1920-Present (American History)
Renaissance and Reformation in Europe (Western/European History)
The Reformations (Western/European History)
The American Republic, 1800-1860 (American History)
History and Social Science: Integrative Approaches (Select 4 courses)12
Non-Western World (Non-Western/Global History)
History of Food (Non-Western/Global History)
Rats, Lice & Mice: Hist of Disease (Non-Western/Global History)
Ancient Civilizations (Non-Western/Global History)
Empires: East & West (Non-Western/Global History)
The City & American Culture (American History)
Women in America (American History)
Presidency (American History)
Macroeconomic Crises in History (Non-Western/Global History)
Disciplinary Thinking (9 credits)
HIST 190Western Historical Perspectives (Western/European History)3
HIST 385Historical Methods3
HIST 490History Seminar3
Education Methods Course
ED 4373Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Social Studies - Secondary 2,33
Total Hours54

Students need to complete 15 credits of American History, 9 credits of non-Western/global History, and 6 credits of Western/European History courses, as well as HIST 385 Historical Methods and HIST 490 History Seminar in order to complete the requirements of the History major with an American emphasis. 


Requires Upper Division Status


ED4337, ED4339, and ED4373 are taken concurrently during the Fall prior to student teaching.