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  • History and Social Studies Adolescence Inclusive Education Generalist (SSI) Major


    This dual certification major prepares students for initial certification in both Social Studies and Students with Disabilities (SWD)-Generalist in grades 7 to 12, with extension to teach Social Studies in grades 5 and 6. Students interested in certification only as social studies teachers should enroll in the History and Social Studies Adolescence Education (SSE) major.

    The study of History promotes the knowledge, breadth of perspective, intellectual growth, and skills essential to achieving career success, leading a purposeful life, and exercising responsible citizenship. History and Social Studies majors develop strong critical thinking, research, communication and problem-solving skills alongside the pedagogical skills that are vital for classroom teachers.

    The History and Adolescence Social Studies Inclusive Education Generalist (SSI) Major consists of required core courses, course choices within required categories, and one History elective. That elective can be any upper division (300 and 400-level) History course including History internship, study abroad, digital and oral history, and professional development courses. Students who plan well and take courses that count for general education as well as major or teacher certification requirements may be able to fit in a minor or a semester abroad. Students may have the opportunity to student teach in Alaska or abroad.

    Admission to the Program

    Students entering the college must meet SUNY System Board of Trustees additional requirements for admission to teacher preparation programs by one of the following pathways:

    First Year Students Criteria

    • High School GPA of a B or better or
    • High School Rank in top 30% or
    • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 or
    • ACT > 24 or
    • Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

    Transfer Students Criteria

    • High School GPA of a B or better or
    • High School Rank in top 30% or
    • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 or
    • ACT > 24 or
    • Transfer GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits or
    • Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

    Program Requirements

    Students must meet NYSED requirements for minimum acceptable grades during completion of the program, including grades of C or above for all History and Pedagogical coursework. Students must re-take courses where grades have not met this minimum acceptable grade standard.

    Students must have an approved Plan of Study filed with the Professional Education Unit prior to beginning their Education fieldwork. Plans of Study should be filed no later than March 1 or October 1 of the semester before Phase I. Students must work with the Adolescent Education Advisement Coordinator to complete all steps necessary for creating a plan of study.

    General Education Requirements (4-7 credits)

    History and Social Studies Inclusive majors will meet all General Education Requirements through required courses in the major, except the Academic Planning Seminar (1 credit) and Fine Arts requirements (6 credits).  Students who take ENG 210 Creative Writing to fulfill the second AISS Generalist English course will also receive credit for one of their Fine Arts requirements, reducing their General Education credit count to 4.  

    History Coursework Requirements (36 credits)

    Students pursuing certification as History and Adolescence Social Studies Inclusive Generalist Education teachers must complete the following program of history courses and may count only one 100-level history course towards their degree program. Eighteen of the following History credits must be taken at Brockport and only courses in which a student earns a grade of "C" or higher will fulfill these requirements. Students entering the College as transfers should talk to their advisor regarding appropriate course credit if they took Western Civilization courses at another institution. All other requirements are the same for transfer students.

    • TWO courses in World History:
      • HST 201 Ancient World Seminar* (H+O) (3 credits)
      • HST 202 Modern World Seminar* (S+O) (3 credits)
    • TWO courses in American History:
      • HST 211 Seminar in Early America* (H+D) (3 credits)
      • HST 212 Seminar in Modern America* (S+D) (3 credits)
    • ONE of the following courses in European History:
      • HST 335 The Roman Empire (3 credits)
      • HST 336 Medieval Europe (3 credits)
      • HST 337 Early Modern Europe (3 credits)
      • HST 343 History of the Soviet Union (I) (3 credits)
      • HST 346 Renaissance and Reformation (3 credits)
      • HST 347 Europe in Revolution, 1815-1914 (3 credits)
      • HST 349 20th Century Europe (3 credits)
      • HST 359 European Women (3 credits)
    • ONE research methods course:
      • HST 390 Research Methods (Y)** (3 credits)
    • ONE of the following courses in Asian History:
      • HST 360 Of Silk and Swords: Great Eurasian Empires (3 credits)
      • HST 361 History of Japan: From Samurai to Godzilla (3 credits)
      • HST 385 Asian Civilizations to 1600 (3 credits)
      • HST 386 Opium to Hiroshima: Asian Civilizations from 1600 (3 credits)
      • HST 487 Wars in Asia Since 1750 (3 credits)
    • ONE of the following courses in Latin American History:
      • HST 375 Born in Blood and Fire: Latin America in the Age of Conquest and Empire (W) (3 credits)
      • HST 376 Modern Latin America (3 credits)
      • HST 438 Women and Gender in Latin American History (3 credits)
    • ONE of the following courses in African or Middle Eastern History
      • AAS 320 Pre-Colonial Africa (3 credits)
      • HST 321 Modern Africa (I) (3 credits)
      • HST 341 Mid East Crisis (3 credits)
      • HST 363 Islam (3 credits)
      • HST 365 Islam’s Golden Age (3 credits)
    • ONE of the following courses in Advanced American History:
      • HST 416 Invasion of America, 1492-1774** (3 credits)
      • HST 418 Early Republic, America 1789-1848** (3 credits)
      • HST 420 America from its Centennial to Pearl Harbor** (3 credits)
      • HST 421 America Since 1929** (3 credits)
    • ONE Advanced American History Elective at the 400 level (3 credits)
    • ONE Upper-division History Elective at the 300-400 level (3 credits)

    *Students may apply to substitute one of the required 200-level seminars with a 100-level survey as follows: HST 110 Survey in Early America (Can replace HST 211); HST 120 Survey in Modern America (Can replace HST 212); HST 130 World History Survey I (Can replace HST 201); HST 140 World History Survey II (Can replace HST 202). Students wishing to do so should see their advisor.

    **Students must complete three of the following four course (HST 201, HST 202, HST 211, and HST 212) with a C or better prior to taking HST 390.  Students must complete HST 390 with a C or better prior to taking their Advanced American History Course.

    Pedagogical and Professional Coursework (80-81 credits)

    Pre-Professional Courses

    • Beginning Language I from Degree Audit list (3 credits)
    • Beginning Language II from Degree Audit list (3 credits)
    • ESC 102 Elements of Geography (3 credits)
    • PLS 113 American Political Systems (S) (3 credits)

    AISS Certification Generalist Courses

    19-20 credits of which up to 17 credits (all but the second Math course) can be completed as part of General Education. For the second English course to count as a General Education requirement, students must take ENG 210 Creative Writing, which fulfils the Fine Arts with Performance requirement.

    • TWO Mathematics courses (MTH 111 or above), 6 credits
    • TWO English courses (ENG 112 or above), 6 credits
    • TWO Science courses, at least one with a lab, from Degree Audit list, 7-8 credits
    • The two required Inclusive Generalist Social Science courses will be fulfilled by History major requirements.

    Pre- or Co-Phase Courses

    These courses can be taken prior to Phase I, or in Phase I or II.

    • EDI 413 Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
    • EDI 419 Assessment in Special Education (prerequisite EDI 413) (3 credits)
    • EDI 430 Education and Society (3 credits)
    • EDI 431 Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas I (3 credits)
    • EDI 432 Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas II (prerequisite EDI 431) (3 credits)
    • EDI 459 Adolescent Development and Learning (3 credits)

    Phase 1 Courses

    • EDI 448 Inclusive Middle Level Teaching in Social Studies (corequisite PRO 430)(3 credits)
    • PRO 430 EHD Adolescence Field Experience I (corequisite EDI 448) (1 credit)

    Phase 2

    • EDI 468 Teaching Social Studies Inclusively (prerequisite EDI 448; corequisite PRO 431)(3 credits)
    • PRO 431 EHD Adolescence Field Experience II (corequisite EDI 468) (1 credit)

    Phase 3

    • EDI 331 Adolescence Classroom Management I (can be taken Phase I, II, or III) (1 credit)
    • EDI 414 Methods in Special Education (prerequisite 413; corequisite PRO 432)(3 credits)
    • PRO 432 EHD Adolescence Field Experience III (corequisite EDI 414) (1 credit)

    Phase 4 Student Teaching

    • EDI 464 Seminar in Adolescence Inclusive Education (corequisite PRO 433)(3 credits)
    • PRO 433 Practicum in Adolescence Inclusive Education (corequisite EDI 464)(9 credits)

    Total Credits (120-124 credits)

     Continuation Requirements  

    • Maintain ≥ 2.0 cumulative Brockport GPA
    • Earn ≥ C in all content core, EDI, PRO, and modern languages courses 
    • Complete prerequisite course(s) before moving to the next program phase 
    • Minimum grade levels apply to transfer courses. Community college advising guides are available here 
    • Demonstrate the dispositions necessary in the teaching profession 
    • Acquire and maintain an acceptable level of professional performance 
    • A ≥ 2.5 cumulative Brockport GPA is required to student teach

    Continuation in the program may be denied to any teacher candidate whose level of performance and/or dispositions do not adequately meet academic or professional standards. Decisions with respect to retention or dismissal of a teacher candidate are made by the faculty and staff of the Department of Education and Human Development, in consultation with the faculty in the Department of History, and not by any one person. 
    Students should note that admission into most graduate education programs in New York State will require a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

    Students must complete the following workshops and trainings for program completion:

    Additional Degree Requirements

    • Adolescence Social Studies Inclusive Education majors must earn a grade of C or better in all required and pedagogical courses. Students must re-take courses where grades have not met this minimum acceptable grade standard.
    • Students in the Adolescence Social Studies Inclusive Generalist Education (SSI) major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.


    College Endorsement

    Students must complete this program and submit the College Recommendation Request Form to be eligible for the College's recommendation for New York State certification. Students should consult the Brockport Certification Office for the full list of New York state requirements for certification.

    New York State Initial Teacher Certification Exams

    Prospective Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education Teacher candidates must pass the following New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) to obtain initial certification in the State of New York:

    Certification Exams

    • Educating All Students (EAS)
    • Content Specialty Test (CST)
    • edTPA

    Students with Disabilities certification exams

    • Content Specialty Test (CST) – Students with Disabilities
    • Multi-subject Secondary Teachers (7-12) Exam


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

    1. Articulate a thesis in response to a historical problem
    2. Advance in logical sequence principal arguments in defense of a historical thesis.
    3. Provide relevant evidence in defense of a historical thesis.
    4. Evaluate the significance of a historical thesis by relating it to a broader field of historical knowledge.
    5. Express themselves clearly in writing that forwards a historical analysis.
    6. Use disciplinary standards (Chicago Style) of documentation when referencing historical sources