Course Description

This course explores the application of instructional methods and strategies for teaching history and social sciences in diverse middle and high school settings. Teacher candidates review national and state standards, current issues, and approaches to instruction and assessment in the social sciences. This course assists prospective educators in developing skills to select and adapt social science resources to support curriculum that meets the needs of all learners and integrates literacy and technology, and to plan for professional development and enrichment activities. Throughout the course, candidates will complete a content-specific unit ready for use in a classroom or inclusion in a professional portfolio.

This version of the course is for California residents only. If you do not reside in California click here.

This graduate course is 6 weeks.

This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

Course Objectives

Week 1

  • Examine state and national standards for secondary history and social studies. 
  • Describe current trends and issues in secondary social studies education. 
  • Investigate the importance of teaching and learning civics and civic duty. 
  • Examine secondary-level core content in world history, United States history and government, and economics. 

Week 2

  • Investigate resources for secondary social studies curriculum. 
  • Examine how primary-source literature can shape teaching and learning perceptions in the social studies classroom. 
  • Evaluate methods and resources for integrating technology into secondary social studies curriculum. 
  • Determine strategies for creating engaging lesson and unit plans for achieving curricular goals. 

Week 3

  • Evaluate strategies for assessing student understanding of social studies content. 
  • Analyze strategies for utilizing formative and summative assessments and rubrics. 
  • Describe the use of data from formative and summative assessments in planning. 
  • Examine strategies for engaging learners in assessing their progress. 

Week 4

  • Investigate methods for incorporating culturally responsive instruction in history and social studies. 
  • Evaluate strategies for teaching skills and concepts in history and social studies. 
  • Analyze ways to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of culturally, academically, and linguistically diverse students. 
  • Investigate strategies for using inquiry to develop reasoning skills in a social studies context. 

Week 5

  • Examine core standards for literacy instruction in secondary social studies. 
  • Evaluate current texts, trade books, and media for teaching secondary social studies. 
  • Determine effective methods of teaching writing in secondary social studies. 
  • Determine methods of integrating other content areas with secondary social studies instruction. 

Week 6

  • Determine strategies for using self-reflection to stay current and improve instructional practice. 
  • Determine strategies for collaborating with all stakeholders to improve student learning. 
  • Investigate professional organizations and resources for social studies educators. 
  • Identify professional development opportunities available to social studies teachers.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-345-1800.


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12:00AM to 11:59AM
Oct 06, 2020 to Nov 16, 2020
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Graduate Tuition Education credit (3 units) $1,620.00 Click here to get more information
Section Fees
Resource Fee $195.00 Mandatory
3 Credit Hours
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