Social Science Education, Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


The Social Science Education pathway begins your preparation to teach Social Science to high school students. Social Science teachers are also required to earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program and obtain a Professional Educators License with a Social Science endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education. Get started now by earning your associate degree from City Colleges, transfer to a four-year teacher certification program as a junior, and start a career in Social Science education.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Social Science Education. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

For information regarding teaching, licensure and certification requirements for the State of Illinois, please visit It is important to note that students must pass Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) test, or have 22 composite ACT score and minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion, or have a composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language for entrance into four-year College of Education institutions.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 118
General Education Math 1
or Introductory Statistics
Select one of the following: 3
Intro to Diversity/Ethnic Studies (HD) 1  
Fine Arts & Humanities course 1
EDUC 101 Introduction To Education 2 3
SOC SCI 102 General Course II Social Science 1 3
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
World Literature I 1  
Humanities course 1
History of American People To 1865 1
or History of American People From 1865
POL SCI 201 The National Government 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Using Technology in The Class 2  
Semester 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
General Education Biology 1
or Human Biology
EDUC 203 Educational Psychology 2 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 2 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 2 3
Semester 4
Select one of the following: 3
Students With Disabilities in School 2  
Fine Arts course 1 3
Physical Sciences course 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 2 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 2 3
 Total Hours62

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway Elective

ANTHRO 202Cultural Anthropology3
ECON 201Principles Of Economics I3
HISTORY 115Afro-American History Since 18653
HISTORY 141History of World Civilization to 15003
HISTORY 215History of Latin America3
POL SCI 201The National Government3
PSYCH 201General Psychology3
PSYCH 211Social Psychology3
PSYCH 213Abnormal Psychology3
SOC SCI 101General Course I Social Science3
SOC SCI 102General Course II Social Science3
SOC 201Intro To the Study Of Society3
SOC 205Social Problems3
SOC 211Race & Ethnic Relations (HD)3

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.