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​​CSPG 58 - Social Sciences (7-12)

Modified: January 2023
Instructional Area Code 8865

Social Sciences is a combination of disciplines that study the behavior, past and present activities, interactions, and organizations of people associated together for benevolent, cultural, religious, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes.

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

A person holding a valid PA certificate for Social Science is qualified to teach Social Science courses in grades 7-12.  A person holding this certificate is also qualified to teach this content in the sixth (6th) grade. (See CSPG​ #104).

Certification Assignment

An individual holding a PA certificate in Social Science is qualified to teach the following social science courses and programs: anthropology; sociology; psychology; archeology; philosophy, and social theory to students in grades 7-12.

Special Considerations

A person holding a Social Studies 7-12 certificate may also teach Social Science courses.

An educator certified in this field may:

  • Provide professional development.
  • >Serve in the role of mentor or advisor.
  • Assist students in understanding how to read content area materials.


22 PA Code: Chapter 4: §4.22 (c)(4), §4.23 (c)(4), §4.23 (e)

Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.81

PA Public School Code: §1202, §1212, §1604

This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous printing dates on this subject: 3/75, 2/79, 01/81, 1/87

Summary of Changes

Date of Revisions Major Changes to CSPG #58


  • Clarified specific content areas.
  • Updated formatting.