Social Studies Teacher Certification for Political Science Majors

Social Studies Teacher Certification for Political Science Majors

Social Studies Teacher Certification for Political Science Majors

Penn State Behrend has worked out an agreement with Edinboro University that allows Behrend political science and history majors to complete all their social studies content coursework at Behrend and then to complete graduate-level coursework at Edinboro in order to obtain Pennsylvania teacher certification in secondary social studies. The Edinboro education coursework and student teaching can potentially be completed within one calendar year, with an additional semester needed in order to obtain a master's degree.

Edinboro University Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a graduate application (
  2. Application fee of $30
  3. Submit an official transcript
  4. Minimum 2.80 undergraduate GPA

** For students with a GPA below 2.80, a score from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. Additional information may be requested after a review of your transcripts.

All admission materials should be sent to:

Edinboro University
School of Graduate Studies & Research
Biggers House
148 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444

If you have any questions, contact:

Kate Damico Upham, M.Ed.
Recruiter, School of Graduate Studies & Research

Financial Assistance:

Teacher certification students at Edinboro University are not eligible for graduate-level loans unless they are also admitted into a master’s degree program. If you have exhausted the maximum amount at the undergraduate level, you will not be eligible for Stafford Loan Funding. Additional information about financial aid is available through the Office of Financial Aid, (814) 732-2821 or toll-free 1-888-611-2680.

Penn State Behrend Coursework

Political Science majors must take PL SC 482 (American State and Urban Politics) as one of the courses in their major. In addition, of the three additional 400-level courses required for the major, be sure at least one is in the subfield of American government, and at least one is in the subfields of either comparative or international politics.

Political Science majors must also take the following courses that can be counted toward general education, toward BA degree requirements, or as electives. Taking such courses can easily be completed within the 120 credits needed to complete a Penn State Behrend political science degree in four years.

  • ANTH 045 Cultural Anthropology
  • ECON 102 Introductory Micro Economics
  • ECON 104 Introductory Macro Economics
  • HIST 010 World History I (non-western civilizations)
  • HIST 011 World History II
  • HIST 020 American Civilization to 1877
  • HIST 021 American Civilization since 1877
  • PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYCH 221 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • SOC 001 Introduction to Sociology
  • C I 295 Introductory Field Experience for Teachers
  • GEOG  6 credits

Edinboro University Coursework

Professional Education Courses for Certification:

  • SPED725 Seminar in Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • SPED710 Seminar in Exceptionalities
  • SEDU702 Teaching in Contemporary Multicultural Classroom
  • SEDU607 Content Literacy in Mid./Sec. School
  • SEDU700 Educational Assessment in Mid./Sec.
  • SEDU731 Selection, Utilization and Prod. of Inst. Materials
  • SEDU774 Contemporary Problems in Public Education
  • SEDU675 Teaching Methods for Mid./Sec. Classrooms
  • SEDU695 Student Teaching
  • SEDU475 Field Experience

Courses in addition to 600 & 700 level listed above needed to complete Masters in Education of Middle/Secondary Instruction:

  • SEDU692 Seminar on Teaching Adolescents
  • EDUC788 Research in Education
  • SEDU786 Secondary & Middle School Instruction
  • SEDU797 Action Research in Education

Additional Requirements

While attending Penn State Behrend:

  • Consult with your academic adviser throughout your Penn State Behrend career to meet undergraduate requirements.
  • Obtain PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Obtain PA Criminal History Record Check
  • Obtain FBI Criminal History—Fingerprinting
  • Apply to Edinboro University, final semester of senior year. Graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State Behrend.


  • Robert Speel, Penn State Behrend, Political Science
  • John Rossi, Penn State Behrend, History
  • Emily Artello, Penn State Behrend, Academic and Career Planning Center
  • Kate Damico Upham, Edinboro University
    814-732-1327 |