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B.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies (Grades 7 - 12)

Bachelor of Science in Adolescence EducationThe Bachelor of Science program in Adolescence Education: Social Studies at LIU Post prepares a new generation of social studies teachers to cultivate and enhance student success. This program equips you with the skills, knowledge and foundation to motivate middle and high school students at various skill levels to learn the fundamentals of history, economics, politics and culture. The program includes supervised practice teaching in actual classrooms at two grade levels (7 to 9 and 10 to 12), allowing you to observe certified teachers, interact with students, and understand the adolescent mindset as it relates to social studies.

After you complete the degree requirements and successfully pass all certification tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs), you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education to teach social studies to grades 7 to 12.

The Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education: Social Studies is a joint program between LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The teacher-education programs in LIU Post's Department of Curriculum and Instruction are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), ensuring you receive the highest quality instruction.

Teaching Methods

To prepare you for the classroom environment, your coursework will emphasize mastery of content in the social sciences, effective teaching techniques, innovative lesson planning, motivation strategies and student assessment. Your education classes will examine ways that you can use your knowledge to teach social studies effectively to young students to maximize learning outcomes. You will learn how to understand the intellectual, physical and emotional development of teenagers; to encourage peer cooperation and collaboration; to foster student self-esteem and moral development; and to empower parents. You will explore issues of race, ethnicity and gender in social studies education for both the general adolescence population and at-risk students. You will learn how to assist a young person in developing the skills to achieve social studies comprehension and to develop a lifelong enthusiasm for knowledge and learning. LIU Post teacher education students enjoy close personal contact with faculty who are dedicated to mentoring the next generation of highly skilled teachers.

Social Studies Concentration

As a social studies teacher, you will help students in grades 7 to 12 gain knowledge of major historical eras; learn how governments work; how people organize their economies; the diversity of human cultures found around the world; and how people use natural and human resources. Courses in the Bachelor of Science program examine significant economic, political, cultural and religious aspects of civilizations from the ancient period to the present. The scope is global, with a focus on the development of American democracy, of how diverse regions of the world have contributed to world history, and the growing interdependence of modern nations. Students are introduced to core issues found in the social science disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology. Key concepts include industrialization, nationalism, socialism, liberalism, imperialism, fascism, communism and globalization.

Accelerated Degree Program


The accelerated degree program awards the Bachelor of Arts in History and the Master of Science in Adolescence Education in Social Studies in only five years, a full year less than if the two degrees were pursued separately. After you successfully complete the degree requirements and pass all licensure tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs) and other state requirements, the New York State Education Department will award you Initial Teaching Certification to teach social studies to grades 7 to 12. After three years of teaching experience, students with the master’s degree can apply to New York State to receive Professional Certification without any additional coursework. Required credits for this program range from 147 to 150.

For over a half century, LIU Post has been offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare teachers for the classroom. We focus on meeting the needs of contemporary schools, families and communities. Our teacher education programs are widely recognized for their quality, and rank among the most requested majors at LIU Post.

Program Highlight

LIU Post has established partnerships with more than 65 schools on Long Island and Queens, providing education majors with a wide range of potential sites for student-teaching.