Welcome to Social Studies

Overview

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." For students to become fully empowered participants in democracy, attention must be paid to this "civic competence." The social studies, including history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, are central to the mission of public schools.

Check out the most recent updates regarding Social Studies in Utah by visiting our Utah Education Network (UEN) blog.

Social Studies Blog

Educator Endorsements

There are nine separate social studies endorsements. To see the endorsement required to teach a specific course, refer to document below:

Social Studies Applications

Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing:

Online Endorsement Courses

The Utah State Board of Education, in partnership with the Utah Education Network (UEN), offers a full slate of social studies endorsement courses designed to provide Utah educators with rigorous course content eligible for higher education credit, while allowing maximum flexibility for participants.

Online Social Studies Endorsement Course Schedule

These courses demand considerable work per week per course. Therefore, educators may only register for two courses per term. However, with careful planning, it should be possible to complete endorsement requirements in a timely manner.

Utah Core Standards

The Utah Standards for Social Studies reflect the content, concepts, and skills considered essential for all students.The newly revised secondary social studies standards were adopted in the December 2016 Utah State Board of Education meeting.

With the additional adoption of the Utah Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects came an opportunity to ensure a seamless connection between the content and concepts in the existing social studies standards and the literacy skills in the ELA core.

The term "literacy" is too often considered solely an ELA term. In fact, literacy is a term that transcends disciplines. We must have historically literate students, with all the skills essential to understand and appreciate the rich tapestry of human history. We must have geographically literate students able to understand the world around them. Clearly economic literacy is essential for the well-being of our students and nation. Civic literacy is essential for the sustaining of our democratic republic.

Grades K-2

Core Standards for Social Studies: Grades K-2

Online Resources

Kindergarten | Grade 1 | Grade 2
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Grades 3-6

Core Standards for Social Studies: Grades 3-6

Online Resources

Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Grades 7-12

Utah Core State Standards for Social Studies: Grades 7-12

Anthropology

While Anthropology is not a core requirement for High School graduation it is often taught as an elective course in Utah. Course outlines created by teachers will often refer to national standards.

Economics

While Economics is not a core requirement for High School graduation, it is often taught as an elective course in Utah. Course descriptions created by teachers will often follow national standards.

Psychology

While Psychology is not a core requirement for High School graduation it is often taught as an elective course in Utah. Course descriptions created by teachers will often follow national standards.

National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
American Psychology Association

Sociology

While Sociology is not a core requirement for High School graduation it is often taught as an elective course in Utah. Course descriptions created by teachers will often follow national standards.

Note: If you need this information in an accessible format contact the department directly.

Programs

Capitol Field Trips

Dear Administrators and Educators,

The Capitol Preservation Board is thrilled to share good news about ongoing legislative transportation funding for tours.

Educators may bring students to the Capitol during the legislative session, or anytime during the school year to join in a docent led tour, or a self-guided tour and request for reimbursement of transportation costs. Requests for reimbursement can be submitted to the Capitol Preservation Board.

Field Trip Funding
To submit a request. Requests will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Schedule a Tour
To schedule a docent led tour.

United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)

USSYP is an amazing opportunity for motivated student leaders to have direct contact with the highest-level elected and appointed officials in the nation who meet with them during a week-long intensive educational program in Washington, D.C. Students will meet with United States Senators, senior Senate officers, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Cabinet Secretaries and many other national leaders. Sponsored by the Senate and funded and administered by The Hearst Foundations since 1962, the USSYP mission is to encourage the best and brightest students in America's high schools to pursue careers in public service.

Principals, teachers, and guidance counselors are encouraged to nominate exceptional high school juniors and seniors serving in an elected or appointed position with a strong interest in government and history. Each Utah high school may select two students to participate in the state competition.

Due to the many uncertainties posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Hearst Foundation's United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held online the week of March 15, 2021. The exact timeframe of the program is to be decided. Two students from each state will be selected to attend the online program and each will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-2021 academic year. If students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit the position they held during the 2019-2020 academic year. All student leadership qualifying positions are subject to the judgement of the state selection administrator and will be verified and confirmed.

State dates and deadlines to be determined.

Brochure

United States Senate Youth Program

Resources

Utah Educational Network (UEN)

Online Endorsement Courses

The Utah State Board of Education, in partnership with the Utah Education Network (UEN), offers a full slate of social studies endorsement courses designed to provide Utah educators with rigorous course content eligible for higher education credit, while allowing maximum flexibility for participants.

Online Social Studies Endorsement Course Schedule

These courses demand considerable work per week per course. Therefore, educators may only register for two courses per term. However, with careful planning, it should be possible to complete endorsement requirements in a timely manner.

Civics Assessment Graduation Requirement

In 2015 the Utah Legislature passed the American Civics Education Initiative, which requires the successful passage of a basic civics test as a condition of graduation. Below is a link to frequently asked questions, sample assessments, and additional supports, including a resource that shows how teachers can raise the cognitive rigor of the assessment content in their classroom.

American Civics Education Initiative
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Social Studies Team

Robert Austin
Responsible Officer, Exchange Visitor Program
K-12 Social Studies, International Initiatives, Utah Teacher of the Year (UTOY) Program Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7575 | E-mail

Brenda McMurtrey
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7891 | E-mail