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.

By the Numbers:

Education at Olivet

pass rate for seniors on edTPA license
of faculty members have taught in PK-12 classrooms
first graduates from new special education teacher training program
education majors, minors and concentrations

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


Social Science licensed teachers can teach:




Political Science


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’s Teacher Education Program is a recognized education preparation program by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB). Each teaching program that is offered at Olivet has been individually approved for licensure, meaning that when a teaching candidate graduates with a teaching degree they will also have earned an Illinois Professional Educators License. The School of Education continues to update existing programs to meet and exceed the Illinois State Board of Education standards and is aligned with the top educational preparation standards in the nation.

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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