The Social Studies Teacher Education Program

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The program prepares undergraduate and graduate students to become secondary school social studies teachers (grades 7-12) in New York State. The program requires completion of an approved major in one of the social science departments or interdisciplinary programs, and completion of a specified distribution of courses of particular relevance to the secondary school social studies curriculum. In addition, students must complete a required sequence of professional study in education courses and supervised student teaching at the secondary school level.

This program provides graduates with the intellectual rigor of an academic major as well as a valuable professional credential that qualifies them to teach in New York State and many other states of the country. Stony Brook students preparing for teacher certification take their courses with the same faculty who teach undergraduate and graduate students in the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs, and have the same opportunity for contact with renowned professors in the field. Clinical placements for Stony Brook students are available in an interesting cross section of cooperating school districts that draw upon school populations with a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, including culturally diverse students, students with disabilities, and gifted and talented students. Many schools are engaged in innovative and experimental programs in education.

Alumni of the program have secured positions as educators in New York State, across the nation, and abroad. They constitute a large cohort of educators who play formative roles as teachers and administrators on Long Island and the metropolitan New York region.

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Guide to Teacher Education.

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