Thinking about teaching Social Studies?

One part of preparing to teach Social Studies is a strong preparation in the subject. You must demonstrate your subject-matter knowledge in two ways prior to your admission to the M.A.T. program.

  1. You must pass the Washington Educator Skills Test—Endorsements (WEST-E) in Social Studies.
  2. You must also have taken coursework that prepares you for teaching secondary Social Studies.  In Washington State, Social Studies includes history, civics, economics, and geography. You should have at least 5 Puget Sound units in these subject areas.  These units should include:
    • Coursework in U.S. History.  At Puget Sound take: History 152 and 153: The American Experience
    • Coursework in Politics and Government.  At Puget Sound take: P & G 101: Introduction to U.S. Politics
    • Coursework in Economics.  At Puget Sound take: Economics 170: Contemporary Economics
    • Coursework in Geography.

For additional information, contact the School of Education.