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Teaching Political Science


There is no specific teaching field for political science recognized by the Texas Education Agency, as there are for other disciplines like English or history.  So, what do you do if you want to be certified to teach Government in the Texas public schools? What you do is get a B.S. degree in multidisciplinary studies with the social studies teaching specialization. This is a basket of history, political science, geography, and economics courses and is available for either grades 4-8 or 8-12. Because of the high number of required courses, there is no requirement for a minor or for language courses at the college level.

Social Studies, Grades 4-8 Certificate: In addition to the required education courses, the student takes 51 hours of social science courses: 27 hours of history (1310, 1320, 2310, 2320, 3310, 3377, 4380, plus 6 advanced U.S. history); 6 hours of economics (2310, 2320); 6 hours of geography (3310, 3320); and 12 hours of political science (2310, 2320, plus 6 advanced hours).

Social Studies, Grades 8-12 Certificate: In addition to the required education courses, the student takes 54 hours of social science courses: 30 semester hours of history (1310, 1320, 2310, 2320, 3310, 3377, 4380, plus 6 advanced world history and 3 advanced U.S. history); 6 hours of economics (2310, 2320); 6 hours of geography (3310, 3320); and 12 hours of political science (2310, 2320, plus 6 advanced hours).