Social Sciences Teaching

World View

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in social sciences teaching and history teaching is a program designed for students who want to pass their love of history, culture, and politics onto the next generation.

Social science educators are shaping the way the next generation views the world. Through history and current events, these teachers are showing adolescents how to be positive and influential citizens with critical thinking skills.

At Olivet, students will become experts in their subject area, which includes sociology, government, geography, ethnic relations, Western civilization, public policy, and more. They will learn how to plan lessons and manage a classroom.

Student will complete between 100 to 130 hours of field experiences. Once completed, they will spend 60 supervised days teaching in a real classroom.

Visit Washington D.C. for a week with the Federal Seminar, or stay for a semester with the American Studies Program. Get involved on campus with the Capitol Hill Gang, or study abroad to gain a different perspective on Western civilization.

Social Sciences Teaching is Ideal for those Who Enjoy:

empowering students to be active citizens
helping others analyze and organize facts so they can form opinions and take action
being an active citizen involved in your community
explaining human behaviors and societal situations
the energy and eagerness of teens then a career as a social sciences teacher may be right for you

Social Science licensed teachers can teach:

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
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Specialized Education

From Art to Special Ed, Olivet students choose their area of focus, and spend valuable time as student and with students.

Math in Life

Many elementary, middle school and high school students say that math courses are their most difficult. Olivet math education grads excel in introducing students to the joys of learning.

Mentors and Professors

At Olivet, the classes are kept smaller, to ensure every student experience the one-on-one relationship with their academic mentors.

Tomorrow's Educators

The School of Education strives for responsiveness in keeping its programs current. Within the last three years, the Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Middle Grades programs have been revised to meet licensing and hiring requirements. The newest program is the Special Education Teacher Training Program with the first graduates in the Class of 2017.

Special Education Teacher Training Program


Olivet Nazarene University is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System through 2018. Olivet also holds the accreditation and approval of the nation’s top associations, including the Higher Learning Commission. The School of Education continues to update existing programs to meet and exceed the Illinois State Board of Education standards.

Professional Accreditation

Education with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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