Pre-Secondary Education (Social Science)College of Education and Human Sciences

What you will learn

Becoming a secondary social sciences teacher offers the possibility of working with students on important and interesting topics, events, and ideas. University of Nebraska-Lincoln students in secondary social sciences education complete general education requirements and substantial study in each of the social sciences and history as well as pre-professional coursework in education as majors in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Students admitted to the Teacher Education Program in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education complete their studies with a three-semester sequence of professional education coursework and field experiences, including practicum and student teaching.

Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who complete a degree in secondary social sciences education are eligible for certification in the state of Nebraska and elsewhere.* This broad field certification is for teaching subjects grades 7-12 such as Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

*Requirements vary by state and some may require additional coursework

Career Opportunities

Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who complete a degree in secondary social sciences education are eligible for certification in the state of Nebraska and elsewhere.* This broad field certification is for teaching subjects grades 7-12 such as Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

*Requirements vary by state and some may require additional coursework

The NEBRASKA difference

Students can receive information on related professional organizations (many have student memberships available as well as teaching materials and upcoming conference announcements) like the following:

  • National Council for the Social Studies http://www.socialstudies.org/
  • Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies http://www.nebraskasocialstudies.org/
  • Nebraska Department of Education-Social Studies http://www.nde.state.ne.us/ss/
  • American Historical Association http://www.historians.org/
  • Organization of American Historians http://www.oah.org/
  • American Anthropological Association http://www.aaanet.org/
  • National Council on Economic Education http://www.ncee.net/
  • Association of American Geographers http://www.aag.org/
  • American Political Science Association http://www.apsanet.org/
  • American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org/
  • American Sociological Association http://www.asanet.org/