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EDUC 320. Social Studies in the Elementary School. 3 Credits.

A study of the content, methods, and materials used when teaching elementary school social studies. Topics include multicultural education, geography, global education, law-related education, critical thinking, and computer usage, and designing effective lesson plans.
Typically Offered: Spring.

Elementary Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/elementary-education/

Department Chair: Dr. Sheri Okland, sheri.l.okland@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7184 Faculty Contact: Dr. Sheri Okland, sheri.l.okland@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7184 Department Office: 326 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7196 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101

Social Science

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/social-science/

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History Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/history-education/

Department Chair: Dr. Anthony Dutton, ad@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7107 Faculty Contact: Dr. Anthony Dutton, ad@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7107 Department Office: 315 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7310 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101 Major This degree is primarily designed for public school teaching positions. Fortunately, it opens up opportunities for various related careers in which content knowledge and pedagogy are useful. The history curriculum encompasses a wide range of areas: European, American, world, non-Western and special topics such as environmental and women’s history. The History Education degree is foundational for those who might want to go on to graduate school or advance to other positions in related fields such as government, travel, business, research, media or publishing. The Barnes County Historical Museum gives students the opportunities for practical, hands-on experience, archives for research, and community involvement.  We work with each student to create a program of study that prepares him or her for a career as well as meeting personal study interests. Job opportunities in education are currently very strong, and most of our graduates readily find teaching positions. As a History Education major you are placed into schools for a series of field experiences including Introduction to Education (40 hours); Practicum (80 hours); Culturally Diverse Practicum (25 hours involving 3 consecutive full days in a classroom), and a 12-week student teaching field experience completed in a location that works well for the student and university. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned regarding their classroom preparation and field experience opportunities. Explore History Online www.historians.org www.museum-employment.com www.archivists.org www.history.com www.biography.com ACCREDITATIONS National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR VCSU has an active Phi Alpha Theta/History Club, allowing students to develop leadership skills and promote history across campus. Students have opportunities to present their research at the Dakota History Conference and the Northern Great Plains History Conference, in regional, professional history settings. The Social Science Department also periodically organizes overseas travel opportunities for VCSU students. Teacher Education Requirements Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed “VCSU challenges students to grow, and that’s achieved by giving students opportunities both on and off campus to test and strengthen their abilities. I’m a better writer and student because of the Dakota History Conference and numerous opportunities VCSU has given me.” —Mark Huber ’09, Ellendale, N.D. “The VCSU Social Science Department truly prepared me to excel in the classroom during my student teaching experience. Because of the department’s guidance and command of the subject matter, I entered the school confident in my teaching abilities. The professors not only taught us content, but also strategies to implement to teach the social sciences in an informative and engaging way. I feel very grateful to have learned from the professors I did, and very satisfied about my teaching style that was cultivated due, in part, to this program.” —Scott Westby ’15, Sheyenne, N.D.

Social Science Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/social-science-education/

Composite Major Department Chair: Dr. Anthony Dutton, ad@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7107 Faculty Contact: Dr. Anthony Dutton, ad@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7107 Department Office: 315 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7310 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101 Major The curriculum for a Social Science Education major is designed to enhance your understanding and interest in professional education within the Social Science area as well as to produce a Social Science professional who is a knowledge-based decision maker. The curriculum encompasses a wide range of areas: geography, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and history; all explore the ways that human beings, as societies or cultures, relate to each other and their environments and how they establish structured systems to effectively govern and administer their activities. Each area has a distinct knowledge base and point of view that collectively form a cohesive grouping of studies designed to train students to deal with people in a wide variety of settings and help manage the problems of society. The Barnes County Historical Museum gives students the opportunities for practical, hands-on experience, archives for research, and community involvement.  In comparison to the History Education degree, Social Science Education is broader in coursework, preparing students to meet more diverse needs. Job opportunities in this field of education are currently very strong, and most of our graduates readily find teaching positions. Explore Social Science www.ssrc.org/ GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR VCSU has an active Phi Alpha Theta/History Club, allowing students to develop leadership skills and promote history across campus. Students have opportunities to present their research at the Dakota History Conference and the Northern Great Plains History Conference, in regional, professional history settings. The Social Science Department also periodically organizes overseas travel opportunities for VCSU students. Teacher Education Requirements Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed. Practical Experience As a Social Science Education major you are placed into schools for a series of field experiences including Introduction to Education (40 hours); Practicum (80 hours); Culturally Diverse Practicum (25 hours involving 3 consecutive full days in a classroom), and a twelve-week student teaching field experience completed in a location that works well for the student and university. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned regarding their classroom preparation and field experience opportunities. “VCSU challenges students to grow, and that’s achieved by giving students opportunities both on and off campus to test and strengthen their abilities. I’m a better writer and student because of the Dakota History Conference and numerous opportunities VCSU has given me.” —Mark Huber ’09, Ellendale, N.D. “The VCSU Social Science Department truly prepared me to excel in the classroom during my student teaching experience. Because of the department’s guidance and command of the subject matter, I entered the school confident in my teaching abilities. The professors not only taught us content, but also strategies to implement to teach the social sciences in an informative and engaging way. I feel very grateful to have learned from the professors I did, and very satisfied about my teaching style that was cultivated due, in part, to this program.” —Scott Westby ’15, Sheyenne, N.D.

History

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/history/

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