Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education: Social Studies Education      

Help high school students develop the global perspectives they need to be good citizens in the 21st century. Earn the BSEd in Secondary Education: Social Studies Education and teach students about the global community and how dynamic geopolitical forces impact communities and cultures around the world.

In the College of Education, you’ll learn to

  • address literacy deficiencies without neglecting subject content time;
  • apply literacy instructional methods for English language learners;
  • create classroom settings that accommodate special education needs; and
  • identify special education needs and develop productive interventions.

In addition to your education coursework, you'll choose and complete the major coursework requirements in one of the following areas of specialization within the College of Liberal Arts.

  • Economics
  • Geography and Urban Studies
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Your education coursework will be enhanced with multiple fieldwork assignments. The program culminates in an academic semester long practicum, during which you will instruct a class at an area high school supported by a cooperating teacher and Temple faculty. Although you'll take courses in the College of Liberal Arts, your degree is awarded by the College of Education.

Teacher Certification

This program prepares you to successfully complete state certification exams, allowing you to apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. Learn more about certification.

+1 Accelerated Programs

For particularly focused students, the College of Education offers accelerated programs. Qualified students earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in one five-year course of study instead of the usual six years. Learn more about the College of Education’s +1 accelerated programs.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science Education program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $15,768.00 per year
Out-of-state: $27,528.00 per year

Student Clubs & Organizations

Participating in student groups provides peer support and future professional contacts. It also presents opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Explore the opportunities available through organizations such as

  • Be The Change, an organization that provides education and healthcare services to communities in North Philadelphia and overseas;
  • Black Diamonds Union, which works to celebrate and disseminate education about black culture at Temple University and in Philadelphia’s wider urban community;
  • College of Education Student Council, a group that provides students with leadership opportunities and a chance to effect change;   
  • Grandma’s Kids, a K–5 afterschool program that focuses on homework, as well as academic, emotional and social support;
  • Jumpstart, a national early education organization that trains students to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods;
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, which promotes academic excellence and a network for those who are committed to teaching;
  • The Petey Greene Program at Temple University, an organization that supports prisoner education by training volunteers to provide weekly tutoring sessions to inmates in four correctional facilities in Philadelphia;
  • Temple University - Students Teaching Underrepresented Developing Youth (TU-STUDY), a group that assists children and adults in the greater Philadelphia area with advising, tutoring and other kinds of support in overcoming learning challenges;
  • Temple Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, which increases esteem for educational professions among teacher candidates, constructively affects the process of teacher education and represents students regarding these issues; and
  • Treehouse Books, a literacy center near Temple’s Main Campus where students can engage in literacy service work.

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For more information about this program, the College of Education, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Phone: 215-204-8011


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