Teacher Education Office

Social Studies - Teacher Certification
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

The Department of Social Sciences at Robert Morris University, with the assistance of the Department of Education, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science with a concentration in Social Studies Teacher Education.

Upon successful completion of this undergraduate degree program, the teacher candidate applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher certification in secondary Social Studies (grades 7-12).

The handbook for secondary certification is here.  The coordinator for the program is Dr. Soren Fanning.

Course Requirements

A complete list of courses that you must complete to graduate with a B.A. degree in Social Studies Education and to apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate to teach grades 7 through 12 in your content area is provided on the RMU checksheet. Courses fall into one of four categories: Robert Morris University Core, Major, Professional Education, and Open Electives.

Please use the links below to view or print important information about required courses.

Teacher Certification Requirements

In addition to the course requirements, there are a number of other program and certification requirements that each undergraduate education student must fulfill for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to grant a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. These include field experiencesclearancesstate testing requirements, applications for candidacy status and then for student teaching, a semester of student teaching, the professional portfolio, and an application for certification.

The steps are outlined in the undergraduate Teacher Education Progress Process (TEPP).

Admission Requirements

Click here to view the requirements for admission into RMU as a freshman, and click here for the requirements for admission as a transfer student. Initial admission to an undergraduate education degree program as a freshman student, or as a transfer student with less than 48 credits, is not a guarantee of formal admission to candidate status in an education program. All education majors must apply for formal admission to candidate status in their degree program following the completion of 48 credits of college-level work. Specific grade point average, course specifications, and other requirements must be met at that time.


This undergraduate degree program is offered at Moon Township Campus only.

Find out more ...

Click here to find out about tuition and fees, financial aid, and how to apply to obtain an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science with a concentration in Social Studies Education!

For More Information, Contact:

Soren I Fanning Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History
Social Sciences
412-397-5403 Phone
412-397-6044 Fax
Nicholson Center 441
Moon Campus
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Office of Teacher Education
Nicholson Center, 4th Floor
6001 University Blvd.
Moon Township, PA 15108
412-397-6027 phone
412-397-6044 fax