Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Postbaccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

Program Code: UG-PBC-NS

Major Code: SSX

HEGIS 2201.01

History and Social Studies Education Department

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Andrew D. Nicholls, Chair

Classroom Building C205, (716) 878-5412


Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The social studies education (7-12 with 5-6 extension) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for a New York State initial certificate to teach social studies in grades 5-12. This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in history, a social science, or another discipline with a 36-credit concentration in history and/or social science courses from an accredited college or university and who intend to complete the coursework required for New York State certification to teach social studies in secondary or middle schools.

The program supplies the background knowledge necessary for teachers to implement the New York State learning standards for social studies in grades 5-12. It also meets the standards set by national professional organizations, such as the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing required New York State teacher certification exams, students are eligible to apply for New York State certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Chase Hall 222. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.

To student teach, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the program, as well as maintain grades of C or higher in SSE 303 and SSE 309.

Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in all history and social science courses and overall.
  2. 36 credit hours in history and/or the social sciences.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Content Area Courses (or equivalents)

39-50 cr

A. History of the Western Hemisphere Courses 15 cr

HIS 106

American Life I

HIS 107

American Life II

HIS 308

History of Canada



HIS 316

Modern Canada

HIS 314

Modern Latin America

HIS 415

History and Government of New York State

B. History of the Eastern Hemisphere Courses 6 cr

Select two courses from the following:

HIS 115

Foundations of Western Civilization

HIS 116

Europe Since 1500

HIS 117

Twentieth Century Europe

HIS 230

World Civilizations

C. Geography Courses (by advisement) 6 cr

GEG 300

World Regional Geography

Select from the following: GEG 102, 206, 309, 320, 360, 362, 364

D. Political Science Course 3 cr

Select one course from the following:

PSC 102

Introduction to American Government

PSC 220

Development of American Constitutional Law

PSC 320

U.S. Constitution/Civil Liberties

E. Economics Course 3 cr

Select one course from the following:

ECO 101

The Economic System

ECO 201

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECO 202

Principles of Microeconomics

F. Cultural Diversity Course 3 cr

SSE 363

American Identity in Transition: Diversity and Pluralism in the United States

G. Elective Courses1 0-11 cr

History and/or social science courses

Foreign Language Courses 6 cr

One year or equivalent

Professional Education Courses

30 cr

SPF 303

Educational Psychology: Middle and Secondary Education

EDU 416

Teaching Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools

ENG 309

Teaching and Evaluating Writing

PSY 357

Adolescent and Young Adult Development

SSE 200

Introduction to Secondary Teaching

SSE 303

Methods and Materials in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

SSE 309

Methods and Materials in Teaching High School Social Studies

SSE 370

Computer Technology in the Social Studies Classroom

Select one course from the following:

EXE 100

Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs

EXE 372

Foundations of Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities

Select one course from the following:

SSE 402

Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Social Education

SSE 407

The Teaching of History

Student Teaching Courses

15 cr

SSE 409

Student Teaching of Social Studies in the Middle School (6)

SSE 410

Student Teaching of Social Studies in Senior High School (6)

SSE 488

Internship: Middle Childhood and Adolescence Education

Total Required Credit Hours

95 cr

1Selected under advisement

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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Business and Marketing Education (M.S.Ed.)

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Career and Technical Education (M.S.Ed.)

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)

Chemistry Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 6; M.S.Ed.)

Creative Studies (M.S.)

Creativity and Change Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Earth Science Education (7-12), M.S.Ed.


Educational Technology (M.S.Ed.)

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building & District

English (M.A.)

English Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

English Education (7–12; PTCP)

Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)

Forensic Science (M.S.)

French Education (7–12; PTCP)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.A.)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

History (M.A.)

Human Resource Development (Graduate Certificate)

Industrial Technology (M.S.)

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

Public Management (Graduate Certificate)

Public Relations M.S.

Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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