Social Studies Education

CSB/SJU students interested in teaching grades 5-12 history, government, economics, geography, psychology, and sociology should pursue a Social Studies major and Secondary Education minor. This licensure program includes a combination of courses in educational foundations, social studies methods, history and the social sciences, field experiences in middle and high school social studies classes, and a 16-week student teaching experience.

Field Experiences

Ongoing and sustained field experiences are a crucial part of the Social Studies licensure program.


Interested in the courses that this program includes? Check out the content (major) courses and education (department) courses.

Admission to Social Studies Education

You will apply to be accepted to the Social Studies Education Program while in EDUC 310: Educational Psychology.  Learn about the application process to the department and how to prepare.

Seeking Licensure

Professional Educator Standards and Licensing Board requires all students seeking Social Studies licensure in Minnesota to successfully complete the following assessments:

  • Secondary History/Social Studies edTPA. This assessment is completed during student teaching. The cost of this assessment to students is $300. It is paid directly to Pearson.

Contact Terry Johnson, Social Studies Program Director

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Leah VanOverbeke
Department Coordinator