Secondary Social Studies Program: The University of Akron
"Preparing Social Studies Teachers that Foster Informed and Active Citizens in a Global and Technological Age."
What classes do students have to complete in the AYA Social Studies program?
Undergraduate Program: B.A. with licensure. For undergraduate candidates seeking state licensure as a grades 7-12 social studies teacher. Candidates are identified as Integrated Social Studies Majors and complete History as a Second Major.
Master's of Science With Licensure. For candidates that have already earned a Bachelors degree and seeking state licensure as a grades 7-12 social studies teacher. Candidates can easily build into the a program a College Credit Plus Teaching History credential.
Master's of Arts in Teaching. For in-service teachers that already have a Bachelor's degree and state teaching licensure. Built in the M.A. program is a College Credit Plus Teaching History credential.
How do I apply/learn more about the AYA Social Studies programs?
To learn more or to applying to the AYA Social Studies program contact our a pre-admission advisor in the Office of Academic Advising at (330) 972-7750. Current students can check the program status by reviewing their DPS Report located in MyAkron: Look for any red areas that signify uncompleted courses/issues in the program.
I just received a message saying that I've been admitted into the program and I need to complete a Program Plan. How should I go about doing this?
Welcome to the AYA Social Studies Program at The University of Akron. Once students are admitted into the College of Education, they need to meet with a College of Education specialist in the Office of Student Services (Advising) to construct a Program Plan. This program plan outlines the courses and guidelines he/she must complete and follow for graduation and/or licensure. This form should be completed as soon as they are admitted into the program. Students are strongly encouraged to bring any transcripts of coursework taken outside of The University of Akron with them to this meeting.
What is a BCI/FBI Background Check, how do I get one, and how long is it good for?
Before being admitted into the College of Education all students must submit a BCI/FBI background check. These background checks are good for on full year from the time issued. For education courses requiring a field component, a valid (unexpired) background check is required. These background checks must be presented during or before the first day of field experience. To locate locations to complete a BCI/FBI background check clickHERE. For additional information on disqualifying offenses clickHERE.
How do I know if I'm on track?
Students are encouraged to complete coursework as identified on their program plan and listed in their Degree Progress Report (DPR). To find out more on how to access DPR, click here. Students are also encouraged to stay in contact with their academic advisor, especially, as they near student teaching and graduation.
What do I need to do to ADD History as a Second Major to my undergraduate degree?
Undergraduate AYA Social Studies students can easily add History as a Second Major to their program. Students are advised to meet with the History Department early in their program to sign a second major sheet and to ensure all requirements for the History as a Second Major will be met. For more information, clickhere.
There’s a social studies content course that I need that not’s being offered. Can I take/transfer this course in from another institution? How do I study abroad?
First, students should contact the individual department that offers the content course at The University of Akron (ex. 3400 is the Hist. Dept.). If they confirm that the course isn’t offered, students should contact their advisor.
ALL transfers must be processed BEFORE students enroll in the class in order for credit to be accepted (this includes study abroad). When students meet with their advisor, they must bring a Transient Permission Form available through Zipline that must be completed before they register for the course(s) at another university. Be aware that certain university, college, and program conditions surround this process (i.e. no more than a total of 18 hrs. transferred in, last 32 hrs. must be completed at UA, can’t receive lower than a C, and transferred grade cannot take the place of UofA grade). When students successfully complete the course, they must immediately request and send a transcript to the University of Akron's Registrar's Office and SAVE a copy for your records.
I’m looking to acquire the credentials necessary to teach post-secondary (i.e. College Credit Plus) courses in Social Studies at my middle/high school. Is this possible?
Yes. There are different pathways for graduate students to earn the College Credit Plus Credential which will allow them to meet the requirements to teach post-secondary courses for college credit at their middle/high school. One pathway is to enroll in our M.S. w/ AYA Licensure Program. Students can add the 18 content credit hours necessary for this credential. Another pathway is for in-service teachers, that already have a license but need a Master's and 18 hrs. of graduate level content area instruction, to enroll in our MAT Program. Finally, students that have both a teaching license and a Masters, and only need the 18 hrs. of graduate level instruction should contact the applicable Univ. of Akron Department where they want to earn the credential (i.e. History, Economics, Political Science, etc.). While having a Masters and completion of graduate coursework in a defined content area will make you eligible to teach College Credit Plus social studies coursework, in no way is direct admissions into, or adjunct status, guaranteed. Undergraduate students looking add this credential should reviewUniversity rulesidentifying protocols for undergraduate students complete graduate level coursework.
I’m a graduate student and I’m trying to enroll in undergraduate content classes but the system won't let me register. What do I do?
You need to contact the University of Akron's Registrar's office (ext. 8300) and ask them to add an undergraduate file to your account. This will allow you to use the MyAkron registration system to add undergraduate content (i.e. History, Economics, Political Science, etc.) courses to your schedule/cart. Please, note that graduate students also serving as graduate assistants are required to be registered for nine graduate hours in fall and spring semester.
what other careers besides teaching social studies in the classroom can I enter into with a degree in Curricular & Instructional Studies with an emphasis in Social Studies Education?
While the B.S. and M.S. AYA Social Studies Programs are aimed at preparing students to teach in the secondary social studies classroom, these degrees prepare candidates for a host of occupations and career paths. Clickhereto learn more about these paths.
When should I take the licensure exams that are required to teach in the State of Ohio?
AYA Social Studies candidates applying for Ohio Educator licensure will be required to complete TWO Ohio Assessment for Educator (OAE) Exams. Students are strongly encouraged to take the first exam, the OAE Integrated Social Studies content exam (test 025), one year before student teaching. This will provide students with enough time for scores to be processed. Students will not be placed for student teaching without successfully passing this content exam. The second exam, the Assessment of Professional Knowledge Secondary Exam (test 003), can be taken anytime during Phase III professional education courses (as listed on your program plan)- note these come before Student Teaching.
Students that fail an exam must wait 30 DAYS before re-testing. This test must be successfully completed to earn licensure in the State of Ohio. To learn more about the Ohio Assessment for Educators exams, or, to register, click here.
How do I apply to student teach and what's involved?
To learn more about the student teaching application process you should contact the Office of Student Teaching and/or clickhere.
I'm having technical problems registering for classes through Zipline. Who should I contact?
If students are having problems registering for classes through Zipline they should first contact the Student Service Center. The Center is located on the first floor of Simmons Hall on campus. Students can also e-mail or call this office to discuss registration/financial issues. See their webpage athttp://www.uakron.edu/ssc.
What is Tk20? And, where can I access my user ID and password?
As students complete their professional education core courses, they will be asked to upload completed assignments ("key assessments") into Tk20. All off these assignments will be assembled into a portfolio that will be submitted when the student goes to apply to student teach. In order to student teach, all key assessments must be submitted and deemed of quality. To learn how to locate your Tk20 user ID, password, or, to learn how to upload and navigate Tk20 clickhere.
I misplaced the AYA Social Studies Program Plan I received during our meeting. Where can I receive another one?
If students need a copy of their signed program plan, they can acquire this by visiting the Office of Academic Advising or by emailing their advisor.
How can I network with other social studies candidates and professionals?
Social studies education majors are encouraged to be active and network in university, local, state, national, and international social studies organizations. Some of these opportunities include: