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Gain the knowledge and skills to teach secondary students about the complex, culturally rich world of the 21st century.

Working closely with fellow students and faculty, you'll delve into subject-area explorations, learn teaching methods, and develop classroom skills through student teaching experiences while earning certification to teach social studies in Georgia schools.

Program Highlights

  1. Limited enrollment of 35 students ensures small class sizes
  2. Offers four areas of emphasis: economics, history, geography, and political science
  3. Earns Georgia certification to teach social studies in grades 6-12

Deadline to Apply

September 15

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Faculty and Curriculum

Our limited-enrollment social studies education program explores the broad topics of social studies—with inquiries into history, economics, geography, and politics—along with effective strategies for teaching those concepts to middle and high school students.

As part of a clinically based program, you will spend significant time observing and working with experienced teachers in partner schools as well as with a small group of fellow students, doctoral candidates, and faculty. Choose one of the following areas for special emphasis:

  • Economics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Political science

You enter this restricted major in the spring of your junior year with an introduction to social studies education. Studies continue in the fall of your senior year with 15 hours of seminars and related clinical experience.

You spend most of your final spring semester student teaching in a local middle or high school, planning lessons, leading classes, and assessing students under the supervision of experienced teachers. Weekly seminar meetings with faculty and graduate students reinforce and refine those real-world lessons.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

All undergraduate students at UGA meet with an academic advisor each semester. This meeting is critical to a student's success as a chance to discuss courses and electives, certification criteria, and general graduation requirements.

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Student Life

Successful teacher candidates are always thinking about their emerging position as a social studies teacher. We work to provide varied contexts and avenues to ensure immediate teaching success.

Our advisors help you choose your program and use the services offered by the university. If you are interested in the BSEd program, you should declare social studies education as your intended major through the Office of Student Services in 122 Aderhold.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


The UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. Therefore, a student must be accepted to UGA before entering a College of Education program.

Part 2: Apply to this program


Often, a program will require additional qualifying materials than what is collected by the university office of admissions. A separate application must be completed to your particular program of interest if your major is in high-demand. Check your program's admissions details for more information.

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