Completing the program in Social Science with a specialization in History, including passing all state tests, “highly qualifies” one to teach honors and AP courses in History, as well as lower level courses across the social sciences (psychology, sociology, economics, political science, geography, anthropology) in grades 9-12. This is why all social science candidates are required to complete additional coursework beyond the major and demonstrate competence in the core social science standards.

To qualify for teaching honors and AP courses in areas of social science other than History, plan on obtaining an additional content specific endorsement. Becoming highly qualified to teach Social Science in grades 6-8 requires a middle school endorsement, available only to the classes of 2015 and 2016. 

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) Handbook provides detailed information about the TEP program, admission requirements, field requirements, and state and university licensure requirements.

Course Requirements

 

Secondary Education Major/Professional Education (10 units) 

Take the courses below in the sequence listed.  Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment. The professional education courses listed below are used to compute your professional education grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.  A gpa of 2.85  is required for program admission; a gpa of 3.0 is required for admission to student teaching.  State law specifies a minimum grade of C for any course required for licensure and endorsement, regardless of gpa. 

 

First year,

Sp

Educ 225

Education and Social Justice (SI)

(or fall semester sophomore year)

20-25 hours field experience

Sophomore year

 

F

Educ 255

Child Study and Assessment (WI)

20-25 hours field experience

Sp

Educ 257

 The Exceptional Child  (U) (or fall junior year)  

Junior Year*

 

 

F

Educ 257

The Exceptional Child

 

Sp

Educ 361

Curriculum and Pedagogy in Social Science

40-45 hours field experience

M

Educ 365

Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas

15-20 hours field experience
(continues spring placement)

Senior year*

 

F

 

Educ 490

Educ 492

Student Teaching Seminar

Student Teaching: Secondary History

15 week full time immersion in the field (continues May placement)

Sp

Educ 498

Educational Inquiry (WI)

 

*If planning to travel abroad, do so prior to spring term of junior year, and plan enrollment in 225, 255, and 257 accordingly. Ninth semester graduates delay required 300 level professional education coursework to the senior year, and take Educ 498 prior to student teaching spring semester senior year.

History Major Requirements (11 units)

The required History courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance. Four courses in the major and a gpa of 2.75 is required for TEP admission; six courses and a gpa of 3.00 are required for student teaching acceptance. State law specifies a minimum grade of C for any course required for licensure and endorsement, including major courses, regardless of gpa. 

 

Hist 100 or

Hist 101, or

Hist 210

Introduction to Chinese History or

Introduction to Japanese History or

Emperors and Revolutionaries

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 490

Senior Seminar

Hist 300/400 level

3 Electives (consult with your advisors regarding core content knowledge course requirements)

  ISBE Core Social Science standards require additional courses , specifically:

Econ 100

Introduction to Economics (CSI)

Psych 100

General Psychology (LSI)

Psci 101

American National Government (CSI)

IWU General Education

English secondary education candidates meet IWU general education requirements with the following courses:

Contemporary Social Institutions  (SI)
Educ 225 (required)
Analysis of Values  (AV)
PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education  (recommended)
Cultural and Historical Change
History Major courses
Formal Reasoning  (FR)
PHIL 102 or MATH 110 are recommended but not required
Life Science Issues  (LSI)
Psych 100
U.S. Diversity flag
Educ 257 (required)
Global Diversity flag
History Major courses
Writing Intensive  (WI)
EDUC 255 and 498 (required). You are likely to have additional WI requirements in the History major

 

Additional Content Specific Endorsements

Employment options are best enhanced by completing requirements for another content specific endorsement in social science. History candidates may qualify to teach AP or Honors level courses in one of the social science disciplines (Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology) by meeting the following requirements:  

Economics

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in this handbook, and
  • A major in economics or
  • Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Economics (109) AND 3 units of coursework in Economics.

Geography

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in this handbook and
  • 8 units in geography, including upper level or
  • Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Geography (113) AND 3 units of coursework in Geography.

Political Science

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in this handbook, and
  • A major in political science or
  • Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Political Science (117) AND 3 units coursework in Political Science.

Psychology

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in this handbook and
  • A major in psychology, or
  • Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Psychology (118) AND 3 units of coursework in Psychology.

Sociology and Anthropology

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in this handbook, and
  • A major in sociology or anthropology or 8 units of combined coursework or
  • Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Sociology and Anthropology (121) AND 3 units of coursework in Sociology and Anthropology.