Social Studies Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Does a career working with middle and high school students appeal to you?

Gulf Coast State College's Social Studies Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A. degree is a perfect fit for individuals interested in working with middle and high school students. Completion of your A.A. degree will allow you to transfer to a four-year institution to earn your bachelor's degree, leading to Florida certification to teach grades six through twelve.

Many career options are available to you including middle school or high school teacher, admissions director, librarian, dean of students and education consultant.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), the national median pay for a middle school teacher in 2016 was $56,720.00 per year (bachelor’s degree education level). The OOH lists the national median pay in 2016 for a high school teacher with a bachelor’s degree was $58,030.00 annually.  Jobs for both middle and high school teachers are expected to increase by 6% from 2014 to 2024.

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Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area 6
See General Education Requirement
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
EME2040, Introduction to Technology for Educators 3
EDF2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators 3
Electives 15



Recommended electives:

AMH2010 or •AMH2020, U.S. History, 3 crs.

ECO2013 or ECO2023, Economics Macro/Micro, 3 crs.

EUH1000 or EUH1001, Western Civilization, 3 crs.

SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking, 3 crs.

EEC1701, Child Development, 4 crs.

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.


Social Studies Education university transfer track - Special admission requirements

  • The state of Florida requires a thorough background check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, prior to students entering the classroom for observations.
  • On-site requirements may only be completed once written verification of completed and approved background checks are submitted to Gulf Coast State College.
  • Students must attend and comply with requirements of school systems where observations are conducted.  Gulf Coast State College has articulation agreements with Gulf, Franklin and Bay school districts for classroom observations.
  • All costs associated with background checks must be paid by student.


Refer to My Academic Plan (MAP-AA/Liberal Arts (SSED-AA)) for a recommended path and timetable, from start to graduation, for obtaining your degree or certification.

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Ready to apply?  You'll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit Gulf Coast State College's Admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Visit the Gulf Coast State College course catalog for specific general education class requirements, course prerequisites, admission requirements and additional information for the university transfer track.



There are many options available to help you pay for college.  Find out more about scholarships and financial aid available at Gulf Coast State College.


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John P. Phillips, Ph.D.
Professor, Social Sciences Division
850-769-1551, extension 2827 

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Office hours:

MON - 8:15am to 9:30am & 2pm to 5:30pm  ¦  TUE - 8:15am to 9:30am & 12:15pm to 1:45pm  ¦  WED - 8:15am to 9:30am  ¦
THU - 8:15am to 9:30am  ¦  FRI - No office hours

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Division Chairperson

Wes Keene, MS
Chair, Social Sciences Division
850-769-1551, extension 3826; 850-872-3826 

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MON - 2pm to 3:30pm  ¦  TUE - 11am to 12:15pm  ¦  WED - No Office Hours  ¦  THU - 11am to 12:15pm  ¦  FRI - No office hours

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