Accelerated Secondary Education - Social Studies (Acc)

Through a blend of the social sciences, history, and humanities, you’ll learn to guide your students through a myriad of perspectives and social structures, and be able to adapt such lessons for the next generation of thinkers.  Perhaps most importantly, you’ll understand how to help your students discover how people relate to each other, how we interact as groups, and how we organize our thoughts, religions, and governments. With a foundation in social studies, your students will be able to understand the world around them, and their place in it.

You can make a difference in the lives of children; you can become a teacher by earning your bachelor's in secondary education and teaching license online. The Accelerated Secondary Education - Social Studies licensure program is a fully online bachelor's in education leading to a Wisconsin license to teach grades 4 through 12. The accelerated courses can be scheduled to complete this program in 3 years or at the pace you prefer.

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)


Undergraduate Core Requirements - Public Education44
Public Education Major70
Public Education Electives6
Undergraduate Core Requirements - Lutheran Teacher Diploma47
Lutheran Teacher Diploma Major76
Total Hours - Public Education120
Total Hours - Lutheran Teacher Diploma or Christian Teacher Certificate123

Core Curriculum - 44 - 47 Credits

Concordia Common Core

Theology - Public Education
REL 100The Bible3
REL 110Christian Faith3
Theology - Lutheran (LTD) & Christian (CTC)
REL 201Old Testament3
REL 203New Testament3
REL 204Biblical Theology3
CCE 140Science & Humanity3
CCE 110Western Culture & Worldview3
CCE 120Western Thought & Worldview3
Liberal Arts Dimensions
ENG 210College Writing3
Communication or Language course3
Faith and Life course3
ED 1102Foundations of Education3
HHP 215Fit & Well2
Human Creativity and Expression: Art, Music, Theater, Literature or Graphic Design course3
MATH 119Number Sense: Teaching Pre K-93
SCI 175Introduction to Environmental Science3
ED 1103Human Relations for Teachers3

Social Studies Education Curriculum - 70 - 76 credits

Theoretical and Practical Component - 15 credits
ED 1230Nature of the Exceptional Child3
ED 1275Human Learning3
ED 4340The Art and Science of Assessment and Instruction 13
ED 4373Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Social Studies - Secondary 1,23
ED 4411The Profession and Ethics of Teaching 13
Social Studies Component - 33 credits
ECON 200Principles of Economics3
PSY 101General Psychology3
HIST 101World Civilizations I3
HIST 102World Civilizations II3
HIST 238The American Federal System3
or POLS 201 American Government
HIST 309Early America: 1492-18003
HIST 351Indus America: 1865-19203
HIST 352US-World Power: 1920-Present3
HIST 380The American Republic, 1800-18603
HIST 385Historical Methods3
HIST 490History Seminar3
Clinicals and Student Teaching Component - 22 credits
ED 4501Clinical Field Experience 13
ED 4502Clinical Field Experience 23
ED 4507Clinical Field Experience 7 1, 23
Student Teaching Component (Take these courses in the same semester)
ED 4414Portfolio Completion-Secondary 11
ED 4433
ED 4434
Secondary Ed Student Teaching 1
and Secondary Ed Student Teaching 2 1
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

Course Requires Upper Division Status.


"The Block" classes are taken during the same semester.