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Social Studies Teaching Licensure Requirements 2017-2018

The social studies licensure program is designed to combine a strong content focus with early and ongoing teaching preparation courses that meet Minnesota licensure requirements. Students preparing to teach social studies at the secondary level must complete a broad foundation program in the social sciences and professional requirements within the Education Department.


Michael Lansing, History, Content Liaison

Rachel Lloyd, Secondary Education

Core requirements:

ECO 113 – Principles of Microeconomics

ESE 220 – Introduction to Human Geography

HIS 120 – America to 1815

or HIS 121 – 19th-Century United States

or HIS 122 – 20th-Century United States

POL 121 – American Government and Politics

PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology

SOC 121 – Introduction to Sociology

ANT 141 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Plus a major in one of six fields—Economics, History, Political Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. Geography and anthropology are also acceptable fields, although they are not offered as majors on the Augsburg campus.

An interdisciplinary Social Studies major is available for persons holding a bachelor’s degree and seeking licensure only. Consult with Chris Brown for details.

Students considering a career in social studies education should consult the Augsburg Education Department and the Social Studies coordinator by the beginning of their sophomore year.

Teaching Licensure Major

The State of Minnesota has specific licensing requirements for teachers that may differ slightly in emphasis from the Augsburg major requirements. Students should consult with the Augsburg Education Department to identify current Minnesota teacher licensure requirements.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.