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Certification to Teach History

Handbook for Social Science Secondary Education

Course of Study in History

Students who intend to teach at the secondary level may choose either the bachelor of arts or the bachelor of science degree with a major in historical studies.

Required history courses for students seeking certification:

  • HIST 112a-World History to 1500 (3 credits)
  • HIST 112b-World History since 1500 (3 credits)
  • HIST 200-U. S. History and Constitution before 1877 (3 credits)
  • HIST 201-U. S. History and Constitution, 1877-Present (3 credits)
  • HIST 301-Historical Methods (3 credits)
  • HIST 323-Social Science Pedagogy (3 credits)
  • HIST 401-Historical Research (3 credits)
  • Five additional upper-divsion (300-400 level) courses in historical studies--a total of 15 credits--one of which must cover non-U.S. or European history.

Strong Social Sciences Minor

Students pursuing this degree must also complete the strong social sciences minor, which includes the following courses:

  • ANTH 111b-Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • SOC 111-Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • ECON 111-Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECON 112-Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • GEOG 201-World Regions (3 credits)
  • GEOG 205-Human Geography (3 credits)
  • GEOG 210-Physical Geography (3 credits)
  • POLS 111-Introduction to Political Science (3 credits)
  • POLS 112-American Government (3 credits)
  • One of the following: POLS 300 (Introduction to Political Analysis), POLS 340 (The Presidency), POLS 342 (Issues in American Public Policy), or POLS 370 (Introduction to International Relations)

Student Policies

The following are required of all students in this program, including transfer students and those who already have a Bachelor's degree:

  • Certification requires a 3.00 GPA in history courses, including those completed at past institutions
  • Students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses that meet the requirements for the Strong Minor in the Social Sciences
  • No upper-level history classes can be completed at a community college
  • Completion of Social Science Pedagogy (HIST 323) before taking Student Teaching (CI 352L)
  • No courses may be taken during a candidate's internship
  • Approval by an interdisciplinary committee on teacher education, chaired by the director(s) of social sciences education and composed of representatives from the departments of geography, historical studies, and political science
  • Students also must complete the required program of professional education requirements in the School of Education, Health, and Human Behavior. Therefore, it is essential that any student desiring teacher certification meet with an adviser in the School of Education, Health, and Human Behavior's Office of Clinical Experience, Certification, and Advisement for admission to the Teacher Education Program
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