Help young learners understand the social forces that shape our society. From the study of history to understanding how our government works, social studies curriculum is essential for young citizens.

This program will train you in the latest strategies for teaching students about the important cultural, economic, geographic, political and social dimensions of human society, with an emphasis on evidence-based lessons and creative projects that enhance learning.

A bachelor’s degree in social studies with elementary teacher certification will prepare you to teach all subjects in grades K-5; or with the social studies major, you can become certified to teach social studies subjects in grades 6-8. Plus, with successful completion of the program, you’ll earn both a bachelor’s degree and faculty recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Standard Certificate.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has revised Michigan’s teacher certification structure into 6 grade bands.  CEHHS has submitted program proposals for our Birth through Kindergarten (B–K), Prekindergarten through Grade 3 (Pre-K–3), and Grades 3–6 grade band programs to the MDE. In addition, these same programs are working through the internal university curriculum approval process. Once approved, students will be able to apply for admission to these grade band programs starting in the Fall of 2022. Current elementary-certification students, and those admitted prior to Fall 2022, will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor to determine if they should remain in the current certification program or switch to a new grade band program.

What will I Learn?

  • Candidates for certification will be capable in their content specialty areas.
  • Candidates for certification will be capable users of pedagogical knowledge.
  • Candidates for certification will be reflective about their practice.

Visit the University Catalog to learn more about required coursework for the Elementary Education - Social Studies major and the requirements for the Michigan Elementary Standard Teaching Certificate.

Making the Most of Your Major

There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in Social Studies beyond the classroom. Check out the Elementary Education - Social Studies Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year plan of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.

Get Involved

Become active in the Michigan Council for the Social Studies.

Form a study group for your certification exams.

Get Real World Experience

Substitute teach in different districts to learn more about diverse learners.

Request a practicum experience in a high-needs school outside of your own community.

Plan for Life After Graduation

Learn another world language. Become bi- or multi-lingual.

Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications.

General Program Information

Department Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)
cehhs-oss@umich.edu
313-593-5090

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