The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Secondary Education for Social Studies, offered by the Teacher Education Department, offers students the first step on the path toward New York State teacher certification in social studies in 7th-12thgrades. Students are exposed to a broad liberal arts and humanities curriculum which will provide them with the necessary academic foundation in adolescent growth and development, upon which to build their future educational endeavors. In addition, graduates of the program will be able to articulate the challenges facing educators and schools in the United States and propose meaningful solutions to those challenges.
BMCC has an articulation agreements with Hunter College so that students completing this program can transfer seamlessly into the B.A. degree in History/Adolescent Social Studies Education there without the loss of credits.
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Academic Program Maps
Required Common Core
- This course links theories and research on learning and development to teaching practices for urban adolescent populations. Students will explore techniques and strategies that foster independence, community, self-regulation and well-being during adolescence. In addition, approaches and classroom applications, related to adolescent development will be covered: learning styles, intelligence, motivation, affect, parenting styles, cultural competence, classroom communication, management strategies and development (cognitive, social emotional, linguistic, and physical). This course includes 15 hours of field work in junior or senior high school classrooms.
- This course provides an overview of the social context of schooling within the diversity of American society. It focuses on the historical, philosophical, social, and political foundations of education, especially in urban settings. The following topics are explored in depth: the notion of schooling, multicultural education, tracking, funding, school reform, and issues of inequality and privilege. Students participate in a minimum of 15 hours of course-related fieldwork.
Prerequisite: EDU 201 or EDS 201
- This course introduces students to the key concepts and principles of human geography. The course is designed to show how world geographic conditions such as climate, landform, natural resources, soil, space and ecology have influenced human culture and civilization over time.
- Population geography examines the dynamics of populations and their patterns of spatial settlement through time. Specifically, it will examine the main characteristics, changing size, and geographic distribution of populations, particularly in this age of intense globalization. The course covers fours main themes in global population: mobility and settlement; population and environment; population increase and decrease; and urbanization. Because of the broad scope of this subject matter, this course will provide a general overview of the scale of the diverse and complex patterns that operate between people and landscape. Prerequisite: GEO 100
- In this course, the history of the United States from the Colonial period to the Civil War is studied and the major political, economic, and social problems of the new nation are analyzed.
- This continued study of American history emphasizes the emergence of an industrial economy, an urban society, world responsibility and the expanded federal government.
- The course introduces students to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students will learn about current perspectives, historical roots and scientific methods in psychology. Topics within major areas of psychology may include biopsychology, human development, learning, cognition, social processes, personality and psychological disorders.
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|Total Curriculum Requirements||30|
|Total Program Requirements||60|
- Students are required to take two semesters of the same modern language. One semester of the language can be taken in the World Cultures and Global Issues area in the Common Core.
- Choose one course from HIS 111, HIS 114, HIS 115, HIS 116, HIS 121, HIS 122, HIS 123, HIS 126, HIS 127, HIS 128, HIS 129, HIS 130, HIS 131, HIS 225 or HIS 226.
- These credits may be satisfied by taking a STEM variant in the Common Core.