The purpose of this study is to explore the views of teacher candidates on Social Studies Teaching Undergraduate Program that they just completed. The case-study as a qualitative research was used in the study. The study group included 154 teacher candidates studying at Social Studies Teaching program. Voluntarily participating in the study, these 154 candidates were selected from seven easy-to-access universities from seven geographical regions of Turkey during the last two weeks of 2013-2014 academic year. Research data was collected using open-ended questions. Written responses of the teacher candidates were analyzed through descriptive analysis method. Looking at the results of the study, it could be suggested that, for social studies teacher candidates, the quality of the education provided for them at university is unsatisfactory for their professional competence and these candidates also have higher expectations from the academicians and the courses they take for their professional competence. The followings could be considered to be the expectations of the teacher candidates; lessons more practice-based rather than theoretical and course contents more suitable to the field of application, lecturers giving more examples, preparing the candidates in all senses for the profession and organizing the system of teaching and assessment more effectively and conveniently. Considering the opinions of teacher candidates on Social Studies Program, it could also be suggested that though there are some concerns and negative opinions, they hold expectations appropriate for the nature of social studies and accordingly have positive thoughts about the teaching profession. Based on the study results, it is thought that it might be beneficial to take into account the suggestions put forward by the teacher candidates themselves for their professional lives.
Social Studies Teaching, Social Studies Program, Teacher Cand