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Social Science Teaching Credential

CSUN offers the California Preliminary Social Science Credential. This authorizes the teaching of the courses shown in the table below. Please refer to the CTC website for details on the examination requirements for this credential.

  • All middle school and high school history-social science courses
  • United States History and Geography
  • World History, Culture, and Geography
  • Principles of American Democracy
  • Principles of Economics
  • Dependent upon student and instructor preferences and interests) electives in history-social science, such as Our State in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, World Regional Geography, The Humanities, Survey of World Religions, Area Studies: Cultures, Anthropology, Sociology, Women in Our History, Ethnic Studies, and Law-Related Education.

Program Pathways

History-Social Science Faculty

David L. Moguel

David Moguel
818/677-4010

David L. Moguel has been a professor at the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, CSU Northridge, since 2000. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University, a Masters degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as a John Gardner Public Service Fellow with urban school superintendent Ramon C. Cortines, and served as a Presidential Management Intern for the U.S. Department of Education. He teaches seminars for student teachers, and master's courses in multicultural education. He supervises history/social studies student teachers in the field, leads student teaching seminars, and teaches master's level courses in multicultural and multilingual education. He is the co-author, along with veteran history teacher Ron Sima, of a 2011 guidebook on teaching of history/social studies, entitled “Teach me, I dare you: Taking up the challenge of teaching social studies.” He was the inaugural recipient of the Ron Sima Lifetime Commitment to Social Studies Award by the SCSSA and the Donald Perryman Fund for the Social Studies in 2013.

Alfonso Nava

alfonso.nava@csun.edu
818 677 2531

Alfonso Nava possesses the California Teaching Credential in Social Studies for Grades K-12. He has authored or co-authored 14 books in education, which are listed on Amazon.com and worldkat.org. He is the recipient of the Golden Leaves Book Award and the National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar Award, which he earned while at Harvard University. He has earned certificates for Connecting the Mind, Brain and Education from Harvard University, and for the History Blueprint Conference on Common Core from U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Nava is a Senior Scholar at the Huntington Library, specializing in the American West. He has lectured at the World Forum on Education held at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, He is a member of the Executive Board of the National Social Science Association.

Students who are interested in earning a social science credential should first attend the information session offered by the CSUN Credential Office and submit the appropriate forms. If they have additional questions, particularly regarding student teaching, then can contact David L. Moguel at david.l.moguel@csun.edu.