212 Minné Hall
Social Studies Teaching website
Matthew Lindaman, Program Director
Matthew Lindaman, Assistant Professor; BA, MA, University of Northern Iowa; PhD, University of Kansas; 2002 -
This program is designed for prospective middle level and high school teachers. WSU established the major to meet the secondary social studies teacher certification requirements for the state of Minnesota. Students who wish to teach high school-level history or government or geography or another social science field need to complete this program and the other requirements for a so-called “broad field” teaching license for secondary social studies. Minnesota and other surrounding states do not offer secondary-level licenses to teach only history or any of the other traditional social science disciplines by themselves.
Pass/No Credit (P/NC) Courses
All courses must be taken on a grade-only basis. Courses taken at either WSU or another institution on a pass/no credit basis do not count toward fulfillment of the program requirement.
Grade and GPA Requirements
Coursework must receive a grade of “C” or better to count toward fulfillment of the program requirements. Students must achieve a GPA in program courses of 2.75 or better to successfully complete the major.
Professional Education Sequence Courses & Other Requirements for Teaching Licensure
Professional Education Sequence courses are required for students who wish to become licensed as 5-12 (middle and high school) teachers; these courses require formal admission to the teacher education program. For information about teacher education admission requirements and the professional education sequence, see “Teacher Education Licensure Programs .” The Professional Education sequence courses are offered by the Educational Foundations, Research, and Technology Department.
Note: All Winona State University teacher education programs are continuously updated to reflect new licensure requirements from the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Please contact your program advisor and refer to the Teacher Education Addendum for the latest information about program requirements whether you are (1) applying to a teacher education program, or (2) currently enrolled in a teacher education program, or or (3) expecting to graduate with a teacher education degree.
Social science/history students will have an opportunity to acquire the experience with educational technology required for a Minnesota teaching license in EDUC 331 - Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools , Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools. Students who need to complete the University Studies program should consult the Social Science/History Program Director concerning the required Intensive courses.