Why Elementary Education Social Studies endorsement for grades 5-8?
Students preparing to teach either in K-6 elementary school settings or grades 5-8 middle school social studies settings will gain valuable knowledge by adding this endorsement to their Elementary Education major.
Elementary Education (K-6) majors wishing to add an endorsement in Social Studies will complete the following courses (see "Degree Requirements" below).
A. The following courses:
A general introduction to the study of human culture. Topics: anthropology as an academic discipline, nature of human language, human culture, history of anthropological thought, and human social organizations. (Offered every spring semester).
A traditional introduction to the principles of microeconomics, concentrating on behavior of the household and the firm. The course analyzes factors determining prices, production and allocation of economic resources. Current issues are emphasized.
Prerequisite: mathematics competency.
A general introduction to the study of geography, with special emphasis on linking geographyﾒs basic concepts to the realms and major regions of the world. (Offered every semester.)
This course is an introduction to world history from the origins of civilization to 1500. The course focuses on the societies and cultures of Eurasia: Southwest Asia (the Middle East), India, Persia, China, Greece and Rome, Europe, and Africa, and the Americas. Major themes include the founding and development of the worldﾒs great religions; political ideas, institutions and practices; law and legal institutions; society and economy; war, conquest and empire; the encounters between cultures; and the richness and diversity of human experience and aspiration in the foundational eras of the worldﾒs civilizations. The course also is an introduction to the discipline of history and to the skills of critical reading, critical analysis, and effective communication.
This course is an introduction to global history since 1500. It focuses on the development of the major societies of Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia and also on the interactions between these societies, including trade, colonization, biological exchange, migration, the spread of technology, world war and genocide. The course also is an introduction to the discipline of history and to the skills of critical reading, critical analysis, and effective communication.
This course explores the study of growth and development across the life span. Students are introduced to the reciprocal nature of biological, cognitive, social and cultural factors on the developing person. This is a research- based introduction to understanding the expression of development in everyday life as it extends to family, friendship, youth ministry, school, neighborhood, sports, health care, and social services.
Scott Sorvaag, Ed.D.
Dean, School of Education
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #23
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 6612