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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education (Day)

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This program prepares students for teacher certification in social studies. In addition to satisfying the competencies of the history major, students completing this course of study will have developed skills and competencies specified  in the New Hampshire State Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers. To obtain the University’s recommendation for state certification, students must meet all  the requirements specified in this catalog as well as in the University’s Professional Education Handbook in Secondary Education, the Secondary Student Teacher Handbook, and the New Hampshire State Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers.


Graduating majors in social studies education should:

  • demonstrate their potential to become successful secondary school educators in social studies;
  • demonstrate their mastery of the subject areas outlined in the New Hampshire State Department of Education Curriculum Framework for Social Studies: civics and government, economics, geography, and history;
  • demonstrate their understanding of current educational theory as well as classical educational philosophy;
  • demonstrate their understanding of the behavioral development of pre-adolescents and adolescents;
  • apply this learning to their own beginning teaching in their early field-based experience and their culminating field-based experience;
  • use their commitment to social teaching to meet the educational needs of all students;
  • reflect in their practice the core values of the Rivier University Professional Educator Preparation Program.


Achievement of the above-listed competencies will be assessed through class discussion, examinations, research papers and oral reports, as well as through reports from their early and culminating field-based experiences and evaluations of the student by cooperating teachers and college instructors, as well as by the qualifying exams Praxis I and Praxis II.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must complete half of the required courses in the major at Rivier University. Students must take the following three courses at Rivier University.

General Education Requirements (minimum 42 credits)

Major Requirements (66 credits)

General Electives (12 credits)

Degree Requirements (120 credits)

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