A love of history and civic engagement, and the desire to teach at the middle or high school level, stand at the core of this program. Rivier’s strong, hands-on education program delivers:
- Extensive field experience and teaching starting freshman year
- Eligibility for certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories; the Department of Defense Education Activity; Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement
Rivier’s social studies education degree fulfills all the requirements of our history major and the New Hampshire State Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers, which are required for certification. The curriculum encompasses civics and government, economics, geography, and history, as well as classic educational training.
Focused on experiential learning, courses take students into Greater Nashua classrooms as soon as their first semester on campus. The program culminates with a semester-long student teaching assignment at a local middle or high school, which is coordinated by Rivier’s Education Department staff.
Graduates are eligible for certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories; the Department of Defense Education Activity; Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement. They are confident in front of a classroom; through observations and student teaching, they connect theory with practice for classroom success.
Rivier University is a College of Distinction.
Department of Education
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Education.
B.A. in Social Studies Education graduates can pursue roles as:
- Middle and high school social studies teachers
- College professors
- Attorneys and paralegals
- Historians and journalists
- Archivists and curators