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Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwaySocial, Behavioral, Education
AdvisorJohn Phillips, PhD
850.769.1551 ext. 2827

Senior Administrative AssistantMs. Jody Walton
210 Social Sciences Building

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Social Studies Education Option, Liberal Arts AA 

Does a Career Working with Middle and High School Students Appeal to You?

Gulf Coast State College's Social Studies Education Option, Liberal Arts AA degree is a perfect fit for individuals interested in working with middle and high school students. Completion of your AA 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 2020 was $60,810.00 per year (bachelor’s degree education level). The OOH lists the national median pay in 2020 for a high school teacher with a bachelor’s degree was $62,870.00 annually.  Jobs for both middle and high school teachers are expected to increase by 4% from 2019 to 2029.

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Social Studies Education Course Requirements

ENC1101, English I
ENC1102, English II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select 6 hours:
MAC1105, College Algebra 
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics
Physical Science
Biological Science
PSY2012, Psychology or ANT2000, Introduction to Anthropology
EUH1000, Western Civilization I or EUH1001, Western Civilization II
POS2041, American National Government
AMH2010, U.S. History I
AMH2020, U.S. History II
EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession
EME2040, Introduction to Technology for Teachers
EDF2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators
Select 9 hours:
Recommended Electives
ECO2013 or ECO2023, Economics Macro/Micro
SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking
DEP2001, Infant and Child Psychology

What can you do with Social Studies Education Associate of Arts?

In this field, people find careers as:

Activities Coordinator
Curriculum Development
Curriculum Specialist
Debate Coach
Economics Teacher
Education Policy
Geography Teacher

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
University of Central Florida
University of South Florida
Florida State University
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Are you ready to get started?

Apply to  GCSC

Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

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


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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.