Secondary Education for Social Studies

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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.

Transfer Options

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.

Explore Careers

BMCC is committed to  students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with a career advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.

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Required Common Core

Flexible Core

Curriculum Requirements

XXX xxx Modern Foreign Language1 3
XXX xxx Social Science Elective2 3
XXX xxx General Electives3 2
Total Curriculum Requirements 30
Total Program Requirements 60


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. These credits may be satisfied by taking a STEM variant in the Common Core.

Teacher Education Department

199 Chambers Street, Room S-616
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1274

Office Hours
9 a.m.-5 p.m