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EDUC546 - Social Studies Curriculum Development

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC546 Course ID: 2804 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the development of behavioral objectives, materials, classroom instructional procedures, subject matter, diagnosis and remediation, and evaluation procedures consistent with the 10 national themes for social studies. In this course candidates develop necessary knowledge and skills to design, plan, and implement a secondary level social studies program. This course includes an overview of the social science disciplines and their concepts and generalizations; the methodology of historical study; strategies for teaching which include a variety of media and both teacher-centered and student-centered activities; and a discussion of the diverse settings in which social studies are taught. Current issues and topics in social studies education are also examined.


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 11/22/20 Summer 2020 Session K 16 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 02/21/21 Fall 2020 Session K 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

  1. Discuss reasons to teach social studies and the relevance of social sciences curriculum in education.
  2. Discuss the 10 National Themes for Social Studies as a framework for social studies program design
  3. Discuss the “history” versus “social studies” debate and its impact on social studies curriculum development
  4. Describe the characteristics of an effective social studies curriculum.
  5. Explain the role of behavioral and performance-based objectives in teaching social studies and develop appropriate criterion and enabling objectives.
  6. Integrate social studies with other curriculum areas in secondary education.
  7. Explain the effects of curricular, instructional, and performance-based assessment patterns on an adolescent’s understanding of social studies concepts.
  8. Develop social studies lesson plans and other course control documents in four social studies disciplines to include evaluation strategies and assessment procedures.
  9. Teach social studies lessons from an integrated and interdisciplinary approach that meets the individual needs of a diverse student population in a fair and equitable manner.
  10. Implement social studies curriculum that supports ethical commitments and responsible and thoughtful citizenship.

Required Textbook(s) for this course:

Thornton, S. J. (2005). Teaching social studies that matters: Curriculum for active learning. NY: TeachersCollegeColumbiaUniversity. ISBN: 080774522-7

Ross, E. W. (Ed.). (2006). The social studies curriculum: Purposes, problems, and possibilities (3rd ed.). Albany, NY: State University of New Your Press. ISBN: 0-7914-6910-7

Required Text for this degree program:

Candidates are expected to adhere to APA style throughout the program. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) should be purchased and used in all courses.

Web Sites:

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Academy Curricular Exchange

American Historical Association

Association for Social Studies Educators and Teachers

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Education World – Standards listing

Krathwohl’s Taxonomy

National Center for History in the Schools

National Council for the Social Studies

National Council on Economics Education

National Education Technology Standards for Teachers

National Geography Standards

National Standards for Civics and Government

National Standards for History

National Social Studies Supervisors Association

PASS Social Studies

Teaching Matters

The Eighteen National Geography Standards

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.