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Secondary Teaching Certification

Any student with a major in political science who plans to teach political science or social studies at the middle school or high school level is required to take the following coursework. The additional requirements are designed to meet the state certification code and prepare students to teach the Michigan Social Studies Curricular Framework.

A. General Education Requirements
Students are encouraged to take as many of these additional course requirements as part of their general education coursework.

GEO 199 World Geography: Regions and Concepts
ECN 200 Introductory Macroeconomics
                 -OR-
ECN 203 Introductory Microeconomics
HIS 252 United States to 1877
                 -OR-
HIS 253 United States Since 1877
HIS 255 World History I
                 -OR-
HIS 256 World History II

B. Additional Coursework
One of the following Interdisciplinary and Multicultural courses:
POL 306 Racial and Ethnic Diversity
                 -OR-
IS 320A Detroit and the Contemporary Urban Crisis

C. Certification Requirements
HIS 347 Methods of Secondary Social Studies is required for secondary education.

Professional Education courses are found in the EDUCATION section of the catalog.

A grade of C (2.0) or better must be maintained in all courses of this major. An overall GPA of 2.7 is required to enter the Teacher Certification Program at Marygrove. See the EDUCATION section of this catalog for more information.

D. MTTC and Gateway Courses
Students are required to take the State-mandated Basic Skills Test and the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in political science. Students may not register for MTTC in political science unless they have successfully completed 80 percent of the major coursework and a gateway course. The political science gateway course is designed to help students prepare for the MTTC and to determine their readiness to take the test. Please consult the department for the current list of gateway courses.

E. Certifiable Minor