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You have an insatiable and contagious excitement to learn about the past and about the world around you, and to be an agent for change and growth in others. You know you are called to mold tomorrow's citizens and leaders to create a better nation and world. Service to others and stability are generally higher personal values of yours than great wealth or high status in life. You are a self-motivated person. You take the initiative when things need to get done. You like to learn from your mistakes through self-reflection.

If this describes you, then the social studies secondary education degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's History Department and Secondary Education Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a history teacher.


Major Description 


As a social studies secondary education major at NGU, your experiences will be a blend of what history majors do and what education majors do. In your history courses, you will have heavy reading and writing expectations. You will also learn to evaluate information and arguments and then organize and interpret evidence to support your own position.

You will learn about spending time investigating historical problems; contextualizing and analyzing information; viewing events, people, ideas, and organizations from multiple perspectives; learning to disagree with others in a respectful manner; constructing clearly written arguments to support a position; and learning to accept ambiguity while simultaneously working toward useful conclusions.

In your education courses, you will learn to write lesson plans aligned with educational standards and to design educational assessments. You will develop your own philosophy of education that incorporates your understanding of child development and Christian worldview. You will observe professional teachers at their craft, as well as practice teaching your own lessons. You will conclude your degree with a semester as a "student teacher" in a local high school.

After the successful conclusion of your student teaching experience you will receive your South Carolina teaching certificate, authorizing you to teach social studies in grades 9 to 12 in any public school in the state.

Ultimately, the social studies secondary education degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for teaching history.



The curriculum for the History Department at NGU is organized around regions and time periods. All departmental majors begin with survey courses in American and Western civilization history, followed by a course where you learn how to write a college-level research paper.

As you continue through the program, you can select from several upper-level electives that delve deeply into more specific times and places. The upper-level electives span all of American history and most regions of the world. Geography courses are also offered through the History Department. Students are encouraged to explore the times and places that are of most interest to them personally.

Students in any of the five secondary education majors at NGU will receive a comprehensive program of study that is based on current best practices of educational theory. The program is divided into five specific subjects: English language arts, mathematics, music, social studies, and Spanish. Each subject area is aligned to provide courses that lead to teacher certification in your chosen area.

Faculty Strengths


Faculty members in NGU's History Department have been educated at some of the best schools in the nation, and we pride ourselves in taking a personal interest in our students' academic success and in the launch of their careers following graduation.

Our faculty's expertises include, among others, 20th-century American political history, the American South, Appalachian history, modern Chinese history, African American history, and the history of Christianity in America.

Additionally, faculty members within the Secondary Education Department are experienced professionals who have taught in both the public school setting and at the university level. Members bring a diverse and personal approach to their teaching.  

Tracks / Concentrations


There are no tracks or concentrations for this major available at this time. 




At NGU, we offer minors to complement your major. Each minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours, which in some cases may even be used to meet the elective requirements for your major. View the full list of minors.



Upper-level "non-Western" history electives
Upper-level "Western" history electives




Career Opportunities


  • Children’s Ministry Worker
  • Missionary
  • Private School Social Studies Teacher
  • Public School Social Studies Teacher
  • Social Studies Teacher


Postgraduate Studies


Potential Employers


  • Anderson Christian School
  • Anderson School District 1
  • Anderson School District 4
  • Beaufort County Schools
  • Cherokee County Schools
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Henderson County Schools
  • Laurens County School District 55
  • Spartanburg School District 1
  • Spartanburg School District 2
  • Spartanburg School District 7
  • St. Joseph's Catholic School
  • Sumter County Schools


Learning Experience


In-class activities develop students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. An emphasis is placed on transferring theory into practice. 

Field Placement

Field placement experiences offer students opportunities to observe and participate in real-world settings. Students teach lessons in the public schools during their field placements. These lessons are critiqued by mentors who are experts in their field of study.

Lesson Planning

Students learn to create lesson plans for their field placements in the public schools.

Student Teaching

During the final semester before graduation, you will be in a public school every day. During student teaching, our students observe their cooperating teacher; create lessons; complete demographic studies about the school, students, and the community and the ways these entities interact; and teach classes. You will be evaluated on your teaching and receive feedback on your teaching experiences.

Courses & Resources


First Year Experience (1 hour)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Western Civilization to 1715 (3 hours)
Introduction to the History of Music and Art (3 hours)
Introduction to Geography (3 hours)
Introduction to Education (2 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Western Civilization Since 1715  (3 hours)
American National Government (3 hours)
General Psychology  (3 hours)
Foundations of Education (2 hours)
Fitness and Wellness (2 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


Oral Communication (3 hours)
Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)
Introduction to Historical Research and Writing  (3 hours)
Principles of Macroeconomics  (3 hours)
U.S. History to 1865  (3 hours)
Introduction to Sociology  (3 hours)
Anthropology  (3 hours)
Integration of Technology in Education  (2 hours)
Foundations of Reading  (3 hours)
Principles of Microeconomics  (3 hours)
U.S. History Since 1865  (3 hours)
Educational Psychology  (4 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


Biology elective  (4 hours)
Non-Western history elective  (3 hours)
Western history elective  (3 hours)
Curriculum Development  (2 hours)
Classroom Management  (3 hours)
Western history elective  (3 hours)
Exceptional Learner  (3 hours)
Western history elective  (3 hours)
World Religions  (3 hours)
Reading in the Content Area (3 hours)
Adolescent Psychology  (3 hours)
Science, Technology, and Society (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


Senior Seminar  (3 hours)
Physical science elective  (4 hours)
Contemporary Mathematics (3 hours)
Secondary Social Studies Methods  (3 hours)
Old or New Testament  (3 hours)
Directed Secondary Student Teaching (12 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Program Objectives


  • Teach in a public school setting as an effective practitioner, caring leader, and lifelong learner. 
  • Develop a pedagogical mindset and skill set related to teaching public school courses.  
  • Use self-reflection and personal evaluation regarding your own teaching experiences so you can continue to grow and improve as an educator.


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