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Lea Bingham
Assistant Dean, University Transfer
Phillips (Building 3), room 3-126
919-536-7223, ext. 8004

Middle Grades Education: Social Science

University Transfer Options

Students have two paths to a bachelor's degree in Middle Grades Education: Social Science. The Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation (AATP) degrees provide a foundation for students interested in teaching language arts and social studies.

Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation 

The Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation (AATP) is approved for transfer to some UNC System universities and independent colleges and universities that are signatories to the NCICU Associate in Arts and Associate in Science for Teacher Preparation Uniform Articulation Agreement. The degree consists of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of college transfer courses. Students in this program develop a broad liberal arts foundation in writing, math, science, humanities, and social sciences.  They also complete field-specific training through a set of foundational education courses.

The Associate in Arts (AA)

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree will transfer to all UNC System schools, most North Carolina independent colleges and universities, and most out of state institutions. Students in the AA program develop foundational knowledge particularly business, English, fine arts, foreign languages, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology. 

Course Selection Guide

Note that there are various concentrations for the majors below, combining social studies education with a second discipline. Consult the individual program requirements or for more information.

  • NC Central University (NCCU) - 
  • NC State University (NCSU) - 
  • East Carolina University (ECU) -
  • UNC Greensboro (UNCG) - 

Students should print out and save the for their major and intended transfer university.

Printable Middle Grades Education: Social Science Course Selection Guide (pdf)
Also see Middle Grades Education: Language Arts Course Selection Guide (pdf)

General Education – 45 SHC (“Semester Hours of Credit”)
Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) Courses (31-32 SHC)

UGETC courses are courses which are guaranteed to fulfill a general education component at every public university in North Carolina and the private colleges that are signatories to the 2015 Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

English Composition (6 SHC)
ENG 111 Writing & InquiryENG 111ENG 111ENG 111ENG 111
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines ENG 112ENG 112ENG 112ENG 112
Humanities/Fine Arts (H/FA) (9 SHC)

Select three courses from at least two disciplines

One course selected from ART 111, 114, 115; COM 231; DRA 111, MUS 110, 112COM 231COM 231ART 111, DRA 111, or MUS 110Any
PHI 215 or PHI 240 AnyPHI 215AnyAny
One course selected from ENG 231, 232, 241, 242AnyENG 231AnyAny
Social and Behavioral Sciences (S/BS) (9 SHC)

Select three courses from at least two disciplines

One course selected from HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, or HIS 132HIS 131HIS 131HIS 131HIS 131
ECO 251, 252, POL 120; PSY 150, or SOC 210ECO 252ECO 251ECO 251ECO 251
One additional course from abovePOL 120PSY 150POL 120POL 120
Mathematics (3-4 SHC)
One Math course selected from MAT 143, 152, 171MAT 171MAT 171AnyAny
Natural Science (4 SHC)
One Science course selected from AST 151/A, BIO 110, BIO 111, CHM 151, GEL 111, PHY 110/AGEL 111BIO 110AnyAny

GEL 111 is listed for NCCU as a prerequisite for GEL 230, which is required in the major. 

Additional General Education Transfer Hours (13-14 SHC)
Foreign Language (3 SHC)
Choose from American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, or Spanish. FL 112 must be taken with accompanying lab.FL 211FL 112
Required by °Ŀ
FL 112
Required by °Ŀ
FL 112
Required by °Ŀ
Second Mathematics Course (3-4 SHC)
Choose from MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MAT 172, or MAT 263. Note: There are prerequisites for these courses that must be met.MAT 172MAT 152AnyAny
Second Natural Science Course (4 SHC)
Choose from AST 151/151A, AST 152/152A, BIO 110, BIO 111, 112, BIO 140/140A, CHM 131/A, CHM 132, CHM 151, CHM 152, GEL 111, GEL 230, PHY 110/110ABIO 140/AGEL 111AnyAny
One Additional Course (3-4 SHC)
One additional courseHIS 112HIS 131HIS 132HIS 132
Other Required Hours (15 SHC)

Students should consult their advisor. The listings vary based on the requirements of the selected university and the student's intended major.

College Transfer Success Course (1 SHC)
ACA 122 (This course should be taken in the student’s first semester.)ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122
Foreign Language (0-8 SHC)
FL 111/181, 112/182 if needed to meet prerequisitesAs NeededAs NeededAs NeededAs Needed
Additional Major Course(s)

UNCG also recommends EDU 187, which cannot count towards the Associate in Arts degree.

Additional college level course(s) to complete the 15 SHC requirement.GEO 111
GEL 230
HEA 110
PED 110
ANT 220
ENG 242
ENG 232 or 241
HUM 110
EDU 216
GEO 111
HEA 110
HIS 111 or 112
SOC 225
EDU 216
ECO 252
GEO 111

Guaranteed Admissions Pathways

°Ŀ has partnered with several universities to develop guaranteed admissions pathways for a seamless transition into their baccalaureate programs for eligible students who complete a °Ŀ university transfer degree (AA, AS, AFA, and AE). Students must apply for acceptance into these programs.

View more information about Guaranteed Admissions Pathways and the list of universities. 

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

Long Term

(More than 12 months)