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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Social Studies Curriculum for Grades 1-6 (EDU-410)

Formerly Teaching Elementary Social Studies (EDU-410)

Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

March 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: create effective plans for implementing social studies lessons in the elementary classroom; explain social studies education in regard to curriculum patterns, classroom environments, and roles of the teacher; investigate the role of democracy and citizenship in social studies education; describe strategies that promote a culturally responsive learning environment; explain how curriculum standards may be applied to the social studies disciplines; describe learner-, society-, and knowledge-centered approaches to organize a social studies curriculum; explain how social, emotional, cultural, and educational factors interact to influence English language development in school; analyze the sequential progress of lessons directed toward the development of a theme in an effective unit; identify direct and indirect instructional strategies that are used in effective learning environments; investigate authentic assessments that improve teaching and learning; describe strategies to improve metacognition and inquiry in the social studies classroom; describe how to differentiate instruction to meet the varied needs of English learners; synthesize a variety of projects that can be incorporated in an interdisciplinary unit of study; describe how students can become map-makers rather than map-readers; explain the importance of studying history; describe strategies that promote literacy in social studies curriculum; and identify the keys to reflective thinking.


Teaching Elementary Social Studies (EDU-410) teaches participants strategies and best practices for teaching social studies to elementary students. Course participants examine instructional strategies that promote citizenship. The readings and practice materials are designed to develop the skills necessary  to effectively deliver social studies education to elementary students. Students gain a deeper understanding of instructional strategies and tools for classroom application. Additionally, students explore strategies for developing lessons and units that align with district, state, and national standards.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education (Social Studies), or Special Education (5/21).