Social Science Teaching

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The multi-faceted Social Science Teaching degree programs provide training in the many areas of social studies (economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology-anthropology) and is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to teach any of these subjects in Illinois secondary schools. All programs lead to licensure in all areas of social science. All majors choose one area of concentration: Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. They become part of that home department as well as part of the broader Social Science Teaching program at EIU. Our majors graduate with unlimited potential to improve their own lives and the lives of their students. In addition to teaching, degrees in social science teaching prepare students for graduate work in any of the social sciences and for a host of other careers, ranging from congressional aide to foreign service officer to public relations staffer to librarian. Want to learn more? Check out the material on our website at


History with Teacher Licensure, Social Science Studies--Geography, Social Science Studies--Political Science, Social Science Studies--Psychology, Social Science Studies--Sociology-Anthropology

Hours Required

varies, depending upon concentration, 124-128

Departmental Honors Program


Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

MA in History, MA in Political Science, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Course Catalog Listing

Typical Starting Positions

social studies teacher, history teacher, psychology teacher, sociology teacher, government/Civics teacher, geography teacher, economics teacher, historian, nonprofit work, educator

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

schools throughout Illinois, the United States, and the world Charleston High School, Mattoon High School, Effingham High School are local examples

Study Abroad Opportunities

COST (student teaching abroad program)

Research Opportunities

departmental honors research available to all students

Student Professional Organizations

History Club, Education Scholars, Golden Apple Scholars, National Council for the Social Studies, Illinois Council for the Social Studies, National Council for History Education, Missouri Council on History History

Professional Development Opportunities

Annual History and Social Science Teachers Conference, coordinated trips to other professional development, History Careers Day


Scholarship Listing

Anam Cara Scholar Fund
Annie L. Weller Scholarship
Balsaar & Ruth Bubeck Scholarship
Brian & Trina Myerscough- Chad Pfeffinger Outstanding Sigma Pi Service Award
Carol Specht Memorial Scholarship
Charles L. and Kathryn Joley and Family Deans Scholarship in Education
COS Advisory Board Endowed Fund Sch
COS Student Advisory Board Student Assist. Award
Dr. Barbara L. Hill Memorial Scholarship
Dr. John Guckert Memorial Award
Edith Breving Annual Scholarship
Education Scholars Award
Gerardo J. Solis Latino/Latina Scholarship
Kate Booker Stapp Scholarship
L. Joyce Taylor Student Teaching Sch
Mary Coon Cottingham Sch
Robert F. Glover Student Leadership Scholarship
The Eunice Dougherty Scholarship

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Faculty Listing

Faculty Research Interests

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity grants: Honors Research & Thesis:
Historia (student journal):

Faculty Honors & Awards

Some of the awards recently received by History faculty include, but are not limited to:
EIU Distinguished Professor Award
EIU Distinguished Honors Faculty Member Award
EIU Faculty Laureate Award
Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award
Rodney S. Ranes Graduate Faculty Mentor Award
President’s Fund for Research and Creative Activity Grant

For more complete information, please look at our department's annual newsletters: and History News Blog:

Media Links

Department of Social Science Teaching, Coleman Hall 2556
Contact Name: Dr. Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz
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