Upon completing an approved program and taking all ISBE tests, you will earn a secondary certificate (type 09) with an endorsement in social science with a highly qualified designation in history. This certificate and endorsement will allow you to teach lower levels of the following subjects: U.S. and world history, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology and anthropology. You may, however, only teach honors and AP courses in history. Earning additional endorsement designations will permit you to teach advanced classes in any one of the above subjects. Requirements for additional designations are on the following page.
While the secondary certificate is for grades 6-12, teaching grades 6-8 requires a middle school endorsement (requirements are on the following page).
Teacher education candidates in History require a prescribed set of courses to ensure adequate preparation to meet ISBE core Social Science standards and to teach expected content of high school courses. The courses required in history, economics, psychology, and political science have been carefully selected to give candidates the breadth and depth necessary for teaching the social sciences and history in grades 6-12. The history courses in particular are intended to provide a solid grounding in U.S. and European history; ensure familiarity with non-western history; treat issues of race, class and gender; increase awareness of the pluralism of our society and in the classroom and involve students in the actual process of researching and writing history. Some courses also meet IWU general education course, flag, and 300 level requirements.
The requirements listed below reflect the most recent information from the History department. You are advised to consult the IWU catalog and your major advisor regarding current requirements for your graduating class. See the Teacher Education Program Handbook for information about program admittance, student teaching, and Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan certification requirements.
The courses below should be taken in the sequence listed. Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment.
|First year, spring semester or sophomore year, fall semester||Educ 225||Education and Social Justice (CSI)|
|Sophomore year, fall or spring||Educ 255||Child Study and Assessment (WI)|
|Educ 257||The Exceptional Child (U)|
|Sophomore year, spring or junior year, fall||Educ 260||Middle School Philosophy (elective; required for middle school endorsement)|
|Junior year, spring||Educ 361||Curriculum and Pedagogy in Social Science|
|Educ 365||Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas|
|Senior year, fall *||Educ 490||Student Teaching Seminar|
|Educ 492||Student Teaching: Secondary Social Science|
|Senior year spring **||Educ 498||Educational Inquiry|
*Chicago Center participants may student teach spring semester senior year, with approval.
**Ninth semester graduates and spring semester Chicago Center candidates only may take Educ 498 during the spring semester of the junior year, with department approval.
|Hist 100 or
|Introduction to Chinese History or
Introduction to Japanese History or
Emperors and Revolutionaries Chinese History Through Travel
|Hist 120||The Ancient and Medieval West|
|Hist 121||Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution|
|Hist 122||Modern Global History|
|Hist 151||The United States to 1877|
|Hist 152||The United States Since 1877|
|Hist 290||Theory and Writing of History|
|Hist 343||Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in the United States|
|Hist 353 or 354||History of United States Foreign Relations|
|American West or
Commercial/Industrial Transformation of the United States
|Hist 490||Senior Seminar|
All history candidates are required to demonstrate competence in the common core social science standards. Thus, while you may major in history, you are required to take the following courses across the social sciences. AP and transfer credit may meet the additional requirements, with the approval of your major advisor and the Director of Teacher Education.
|Econ 100||Introduction to Economics (CSI)|
|Psych 100||General Psychology (LSI)|
|Psci 317||American Political Thought (IT)|
|Psci 101||American National Government (SI)|
History candidates may earn additional high school level second designations and be considered “highly qualified” by meeting the requirements as specified below. Some coursework for designations may be taken at other institutions with the approval of your major advisor and the Director of Teacher Education. Students must receive a grade of c or higher in all coursework that will be counted toward the additional designation.
Sociology and Anthropology