The Social Science Education program prepares students for careers as social studies teachers, instructional leaders, curriculum designers, and researchers. The social studies (as history, civics, and geography) deal with human relationships and the way society works. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered on secondary-school (grades 6-12) social studies. In addition, courses are offered on teaching social studies in the elementary school setting.

The Social Science Education program at the University of South Florida is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE) and is approved by the Florida Department of Education. The program has one of the largest faculties and student enrollments in the nation. Our professors have divergent scholarly interests, perspectives, and approaches that are recognized nationally and internationally in their respective areas of expertise. You can learn more about them on our faculty page.

We offer bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in Social Science Education. The curriculum for each degree is supported by practicing teachers in area public schools, many of whom are program graduates or pursuing advanced study.

We encourage you to explore each of our degree programs to see which the perfect fit is for you!