In history students may earn secondary teacher certification in social studies. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

history classStudents should meet the social studies education standards of the National Council for Social Studies. Students graduating from Lander University with recommendation for teacher certification complete student teaching, coursework and testing requirements for recommendation for certification in South Carolina consistent with the College of Education’s conceptual framework. This framework provides direction for programs, courses, teaching and teacher candidate assessment. The framework is built on the conceptual model of the “Professional Educator” as one who demonstrates these Learner Outcomes.

The Professional Educator

  1. integrates content knowledge and skills of scholarly inquiry to teach all students;
  2. plans, provides and assesses learning experiences that are supported by research, knowledge of best practice and professional standards;
  3. communicates and collaborates with diverse populations (students, educators, families and community members) exhibiting professional behaviors and dispositions; and
  4. engages in reflection and professional development to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  2 CREDIT HOURS
Humanities and Fine Arts 

6

HIST 121

3

POLS 101

3
MATH 211 3
Approved Lab Science 4
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
MATH 101 3
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0
SOCI 101 

3

ECON 101 3
PSYC 101 3
Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
HIST 201 3
HIST 399 3
HIST 499 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS  CREDIT HOURS
HIST 111 3
HIST 112 3

HIST 122

3

GEOG 101

 
Political Science 300-level (U.S. politics or government)
POLS 302POLS 307POLS 311POLS 312POLS 313,
POLS 360 or POLS 386
3
HIST 451 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ELECTIVES CREDIT HOURS
HIST 300-level or higher (U.S. History Course) 3
HIST 300-level or higher (U.S. History Course) 3
HIST 300-level or higher (Non-U.S. History Course) 3
HIST 300-level or higher (Non-U.S. History Course) 3
HIST 300-level or higher 3
HIST 300-level or higher 3
Total Major Program Requirements  45

 

TEACHER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
EDUC 203 0.5
EDUC 204 3
EDUC 223 3
EDUC 240 3
EDUC 320 3
EDUC 321 3
EDUC 329 0.5
EDUC 429 1
EDUC 499 1
EDUC 461 11
SPED 223 3
   
Total Teacher Certification Requirements 32
Additional Electives 1
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Freshman Year: State Basic Skills Exam (PRAXIS Core)
  • Sophomore Year: Application for admission to major in Teacher Education; screening interview; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Junior Year: Application for student teaching; professional education GPA 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Senior Year: Content Area Exams (PRAXIS II) and PLT; professional education GPA of 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; Graduation Application; FALS
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all program requirement courses.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses

 

Student Eligibility

Students enrolled in Secondary or PK-12:

Initial Level (First Year)

  1. Participate in initial Advising and Induction.
  2. Take PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).

Provisional Level (Second Year)

  1. Complete Initial Level requirements.
  2. Complete a SLED check.
  3. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  4. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  5. Pass PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score.
  6. Submit Sophomore Portfolio.
  7. Gather and submit references.
  8. Successfully complete an (April) oral interview with Teacher Education faculty.
  9. Successfully complete other reviews as required by departments in specific content areas.

Formal Level (Third Year)

  1. Complete Provisional Level requirements.
  2. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  3. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  4. Participate in Induction and Pinning Ceremony.
  5. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II.
  6. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.

Candidate Level (Fourth Year)

  1. Complete Formal Level requirements.
  2. Complete FALS requirements before student teaching semester.
  3. Enter candidacy with formal admission to the teacher education program.
  4. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  5. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  6. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II.
  7. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PLT.
  8. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.