Social Science - Social Studies Teacher Certification: Robert Morris University Social Science - Social Studies Teacher Certification | Robert Morris University


Robert Morris University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science degree with a focus in Social Studies Teacher Education. The goal of the program is to develop graduates committed to effective instruction that supports the intellectual, social, and personal development of all learners.

The RMU teacher certification is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Upon successful completion, the teacher candidate applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher certification in secondary English (grades 7-12).

In addition to the course requirements listed below, each undergraduate education major must meet ten other certification requirements, all of which must be satisfied for the PDE to grant a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate to teach specific content areas at the secondary level.

Social Science Career Options

Teaching is a highly respected profession which provides a regular daily and weekly work schedule, time off each year, excellent benefits, job security and opportunities to continue your education. The salary range for teachers in the U.S. is $30,000 to $80,000 per year with an average salary of $44,367 per year.

Certification in Secondary Social Studies Program

Recommended Course of Study

Reading and Writing Strategies
Principles of Macroeconomics
U.S. History I
Humanities: Art and Music
Science Elective  
Argument and Research
Principles of Microeconomics
U.S. History II
Fundamentals of InfoSystems
Math Reasoning/Applications or Higher
Public Speaking and Persuasion
Prof Communications
World Civilizations I
Schools and Society
Educational Psychology/Classroom Management
Reading Lit: Coming of Age
Principles of Sociology
World Civilizations II
Amer. National Government
Instruc. Design/Assessment
Intro to Anthropology or Cultural Anthropology
General Psychology
World Geography
Pennsylvania History
Teaching Students w/Special Needs
Developing World
Compara/Cont Pol Systems
Cont Amer Social Problems
Technology for SEC Educators
Teaching In Inclusive SEC  Classrooms
Open Elective
International Relations
Social Science Seminar
Reading Content/ELL
Open Elective
Open Elective
Open Elective
Content Specific Pedagogy
Student Teaching Seminar
Student Teaching Internship
At Robert Morris University, we’re not just training our students to get a job, we’re educating them for a whole series of professional careers—and for a lifetime of enrichment and contribution. We call the RMU education “engaged learning,” and we are one of a handful of schools around the nation that offers students a Student Engagement Transcript to certify their character-building credentials as well as their academic credentials. Our unique combination of high-quality academics with a professional focus allows us to transform our graduates.

School of Education & Social Sciences - Advisory Committee  School of Education & Social Sciences - Advisory Committee 

A resource for faculty and students in teacher education is the advisory board, which consists of education alumni, teachers, and administrators from schools where our graduates are employed. These professionals provide advice and input on matters pertaining to the education profession which are helpful to the department in keeping the curriculum current and in keeping our program requirements challenging yet practical. Thus, it is the primary goal of the board to help keep Robert Morris at the cutting edge of teacher education offerings in the area.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. One hundred percent of SESS full-time faculty hold a doctorate degree in their field and have strong backgrounds as teachers, researchers, counselors, psychologists, principals, superintendents, and authors. Students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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