Historical. Cultural. Biblical. 

Social Studies Education: 9-12

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History. Culture. And a Christian worldview. Help mold tomorrow’s leaders with a better understanding of each, through a BS degree in social studies education, at NGU.

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NGU ranked #6 on WalletHub’s list of “Best Colleges in South Carolina” (2021)
Education Grads Find Jobs
100% of NGU’s job-seeking education graduates land a teaching job soon after graduation (2016-2018).
SC Certified
Upon graduation
Certified as a SC social studies teacher. Authorized to teach at any public high school in the state. That’s how you stay one step ahead of the competition, through NGU.

Tomorrow’s Leaders are Made Today

Dive deep into the lessons of history. Explore the diversity of cultures around the world. And view it all through a biblically-rooted Christian worldview.

Then, prepare to teach others to do the same. As a public or private school teacher, children’s ministry worker, or even missionary. Help today’s youth better understand their world – and the God who created it.

Experience Learning as Both Student and Teacher

Teacher See, Teacher Do

Observe real-world teachers and students. Participate in actual classroom studies and discussions. Teach lessons in local public schools. Receive critical feedback from expert mentors in your field of study. It’s all part of your field placement experience through NGU.


Lesson Planning

Before you teach, you plan. Master the art of translating theory into practice as you create your own lesson plans. It’s the first step in transitioning from student to teacher. 

Practice What You Teach

Study. Observe. Engage. Then teach! Before you graduate, complete one full teaching semester in a South Carolina public school setting. Expand your experience outside the classroom as you complete demographic studies about your school, students, and surrounding community. 

It’s a combination of hands-on experience and a big-picture view of education. All designed to prepare you for a successful teaching career. 

History Beside Experienced & Faithful Historians

Paul Thompson, Jr., PhD
Dean, College of Humanities and Sciences
Brendan J.J. Payne, PhD
Assistant Professor, History
David Bell, MA
Instructor, History
Kayla Black, EdD
Associate Professor, Honors and History
Paul Yandle, PhD
Associate Professor, History
Jeff Cook, PhD
Professor, History

An All-Encompassing Approach to Social Studies

  • Social Studies Secondary Education Year 1

    Year 1 Example Courses

    • Western Civilization to/Since 1715
    • Intro to the History of Music and Art
    • Intro to Geography
    • Intro to Education
    • Composition and Literature
    • American National Government
    • General Psychology
    • Foundations of Education
  • Social Studies Secondary Education Year 2

    Year 2 Example Courses

    • Oral Communication
    • Intro to Historical Research and Writing
    • Principles of Macro/Microeconomics
    • U.S. History to/Since 1865
    • Intro to Sociology
    • Anthropology
    • Integration of Technology in Education
    • Educational Psychology
  • Social Studies Secondary Education Year 3

    Year 3 Example Courses

    • Biology Elective
    • Western History Electives
    • Curriculum Development
    • Classroom Management
    • Exceptional Learner
    • World Religions
    • Reading in the Content Area
    • Adolescent Psychology
    • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Social Studies Secondary Education Year 4

    Year 4 Example Courses

    • Senior Seminar
    • Physical Science Elective
    • Contemporary Mathematics
    • Secondary Social Studies Methods
    • Old or New Testament Survey
    • Directed Secondary Student Teaching

Elevate Your Perspective

You’ll also take Chapel every semester, and Cultural Events for the first four semesters. You earn credit through attendance, and each course counts as half a credit. This is the NGU difference, how you find your peak performance and elevate your perspective, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

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