Social Studies Education


Will you teach a future president of the United States? It’s possible.

The Nicholls social studies education program focuses on teaching future generations about geography, state and local government, American history, economics and cultural diversity. Education courses allow majors to get one-on-one experiences in high school social studies classrooms and learn unique instructional methods and strategies.

Along with education courses, majors are required to take several content courses, most of which are offered through the Nicholls Department of History and Social Sciences. Students enroll in advanced courses in public policy, Louisiana history, social problems, economic principles and political ideologies.

Program Requirements:

All candidates in the Secondary Education program must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and a “C” or above in all coursework.

Secondary Education candidates are required to take courses in:

  • Methods in providing a multicultural environment
  • Methods in Creative Arts and Music
  • Methods in Language and Literature, Math, Science, and Technology
  • Classroom Management and Lesson Planning
  • Methods of teaching specific to concentration area of instruction

social studiesField Experiences: Secondary Education candidates complete various field experiences throughout required coursework which encompasses a student teaching experience that is completed at the end of the program. These experiences include observations and teaching whole group, small group and individual instruction in Public School Secondary Settings.


Candidates must also complete Praxis I and the following two sections of Praxis II for Louisiana Teacher certification in Secondary Education: PLT: 7-12th and Praxis exam specific to concentration area.

Praxis I must be completed prior to entering EDUC 250 (Introduction to Education) and Praxis II must be completed prior to the final student teaching semester.

*For the most current program curriculum visit the course catalog and access the curriculum check sheets for the current year.

Program Advisor:

Dr. Stephen Triche
239 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4337