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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 follow¬≠ing course-work. 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 


ECN 203        Introductory Microeconomics 
HIS 252              United States to 1877     


HIS 253              United States Since 1877
HIS 255              World History I   


HIS 256              World History II

B. Additional Coursework

One of the following Interdisciplinary and Multicultural courses:


POL 306 Racial and Ethnic Diversity
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 Teacher Certification 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 Teacher Certification 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