B.A. in Social Studies Education

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Prepare to be a leader—in the classroom, community & the world. 

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:

  • 95% pass rate on national certification exams*
  • 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.

The program culminates with a 16-week student teaching assignment at a local school, which is coordinated by Rivier’s Education Department staff. 

Rivier’s education degrees prepare graduates for the “classroom of the future.” With assistance from several federal grants—including Project New Teachers—the University has become a statewide leader in preparing teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms.

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.

Careers
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

Note: Some careers may require additional graduate study. 

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with career or major planning, internship options, job search information, and graduate school exploration. For a complete list of CDC resources, visit the Center’s web page.

*Source: 2014 Title II Report 

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Student/Alumni/Faculty Profiles

Christine Cyr, Social Studies Education

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