General Social Science Education/History

Program Options


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Program Profile


Department of Curriculum
and Teaching

The Secondary Social Science program is designed to prepare Social Studies teachers for grades 6-12. Course work in the social sciences provides the knowledge teachers need to teach the social studies courses at the secondary school level. Course work in Professional Education provides the theory-based knowledge, the pedagogical knowledge and skills, and the monitored practice in public schools that prospective teachers need to become competent, committed, and reflective professionals. Our program philosophy and conceptual framework are built upon a vision of civic competence articulated by the National Council for the Social Studies: "The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world."

Accreditation and Approvals

Auburn University holds regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Auburn University’s College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The bachelor’s program in Social Science Education is approved by the Alabama State Board of Education. In addition, the State of Alabama signs the National Association of State Directors of Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement which facilitates the applications of graduates when they apply for certification in other states.

Program Faculty

John Saye

 Alyson Whyte

Dr. John Saye
Professor and
Program Coordinator
334.844.6891

Dr. Jada Kohlmeier
Associate Professor
334.844.3834

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2014

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