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Social Studies and Education (Secondary)


The suggested Four-Year Major Plan is a guide to help Caldwell University students complete their graduation requirements within four years. It is a suggested framework which builds upon the core curriculum as well as the required and elective courses within a student’s major. This suggested plan does not include developmental courses. Should developmental courses be required, students will need to work with their Academic Advisor to include those additional courses; this may delay graduation in four years. Students should always meet with their Academic Advisor to further individualize their academic plans and confirm the availability of courses and course sequencing. The following credits below include the minimum required courses and credits needed to graduate. Students enrolled as full-time status may take 12-18 credits a semester.

NOTE: This suggested Four-Year Major Plan applies to students who matriculated during the 2014-2015 academic year.

First Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
Core: FS 189 Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only) 1 HI 102 The Shaping of the West 3
Core: EN 111 College Writing* (or EN 320 by placement) 3 Social Studies Major Elective** 3
Core: MA 112 Concept of Mathematics (or college-level math by placement) 3 BU 101 – Survey of Economics 3
Core: HI 101 Roots of the West 3 Core: CS 115 Essential Computer Skills (or elective/core) 3
Core: Modern Language Core – SP/FR/AS/IT 3 Core: Fine Arts – Art or Music 3
Core: Social Science – PS 211: Child Psychology 3    
Total: 16 Total: 15
Second Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
HI 203 Growth of American Nation I 3 HI 204 Growth of American Nation II 3
PO 225 American Government or PO 362 International Relations 3 ED 331 Intro. to Education of Exceptional Child*** 3
ED 206 Phil. & Hist. Foundations of Education 3 ED 447 Instructional Technology*** 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3 Core: PH 102 Intro. to Philosophy 3
Core: Literature – EN xxx 3 Core: AN 225 – Cultural Anthropology 3
Core:Biological or Physical Science 3    
Total: 18 Total: 15
Third Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
GY 335 World Geography 3 Social Studies Major Elective** 3
Social Studies Major Elective** 3 ED 448S Instructional Design I*** 3
ED 348 Sec. Content Area Learn. & Lit.*** 3 Core: Social Science – PS 216: Adolescent Psychology 3
Core: TH 102 Intro. to Catholic Theology 3 Core: Social Science – SO 231, 323, 343, 474 or 476 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3 Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Total: 15 Total: 15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
HI/PO Senior Seminar**** 3 ED 470 Student Teaching*** 9
HI/PO 492 Research Seminar**** 3 ED 475 Student Teaching Seminar*** 3
ED 449S Instructional Design II*** 3    
Elective 3    
Elective 3    
Total: 15 Total: 12

*A second writing intensive (WI) course is required. Students are recommended to complete it before the end of their fourth semester. Students who transfer to Caldwell with a minimum of 30 credits will have their second WI course waived.

**Must complete three of the following courses, one must be global history: HI 210 or HI 211; HI 213; HI 218; HI 220; HI 250; HI 317 and Global History (Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle East) cluster, HI 331-338

***Student must attain and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and apply and be accepted to the Education Major in order to register for these classes. Students must also pass the Praxis in order to register to take ED 449S, ED 470 and ED 475.

****HI/PO Senior Seminar and HI/PO 492 Research Seminar must be taken concurrently and may be taken during the fall or spring semester of the student’s senior year. Students may choose from the following Senior Seminar options: HI 407, HI 455, HI 440 or HI/PO 432 and should consult with their advisor/department.

Total Credits Required (minimum): 120 credits
GPA: 3.0
Minimum Grade in Education Major Courses: B-

SECONDARY EDUCATION (3.0 GPA Required) Field Hours Credits
1st Semester Sophomore (Students Apply to Division of Education)
ED 206 Phil. & Hist. Found. of Education 9 3
2nd Semester Sophomore
ED 331 Intro. to Educ. of Exceptional Child 25 3
ED 447 Instructional Technology   3
1st Semester Junior
ED 348 Sec. Content Area Learn. & Lit. 40 3
2nd Semester Junior
ED 448S Instructional Design I 60 3
Take Content Knowledge Praxis    
1st Semester Senior
ED 449S Instructional Design II 60 3
Must have passed Content Knowledge Praxis    
2nd Semester Senior
ED 470 Student Teaching   9
ED 475 Student Teaching Seminar   3
Teacher of Students with Disabilities
ED 351 Assessment Issues 12 3
ED 360 Behavior Mgmt. Strategies for Inclusive & Self-Contained Classrooms 25 3
ED 380 Specialized Instruction in Reading 12 3
ED 460 Inclusive Practices 12 3