Social Science: History
Completion of all program requirements, including passing state tests, qualifies you
to teach history at all levels in grades 9-12, including honors and AP courses and
lower level courses across the social sciences (economics, geography, political science,
psychology, sociology and anthropology). This is why all history candidates, regardless of major, are required to complete additional coursework
and demonstrate competence in the core social science standards. To qualify for teaching honors and AP courses in one of the additional social science
areas noted above, plan on obtaining an additional content specific endorsement.
The Teacher Education Program (TEP) Handbook provides detailed information about the TEP program, admission requirements, field requirements, and state and university licensure requirements.
Secondary Education Major
Secondary Education Major/Professional Education (10.5 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.
* If planning to travel abroad, do so prior to the junior year, or during any May
Term. Plan your enrollment in EDUC 225, 255, and 257 accordingly. EDUC 257 can be
taken concurrently with 300 level courses the junior year. Ninth semester graduates
take required 300 level courses and EDUC 498 spring semester of the senior year prior
to student teaching.
History Major Requirements (10 units)
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.
The required History courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point
average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.
Theory, Methods, Crafting of History
Capstone Senior Seminar in History
Minimum of three (3) electives in History at the 300-level*
One course in pre-1800 history
No more than six courses may be focused on a single geographic region (ie. US, Europe)
A non-credit bearing ARCHES ePortfolio that will be checked each semester during advising,
and will be graded in History 290 and History 490.
*Only one unit of HIST 397 (Internship in Public History) may count toward the major.
Additional Coursework Requirements to meet the National Teaching Standards for Secondary
|Social Science field
||IWU suggested course
||American National Government PSCI 101
||Introduction to Economics ECON 100
||General Psychology PSYC 100
||Ecology and Environmental Problems ENST 120
Coursework in sociology and anthropology is highly recommended. Additional required social science courses are not used to compute your major grade
point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance; however you must earn a grade
of C- or higher, per state licensure requirements. AP and transfer credit may meet the additional requirements, with the approval of
your major advisor and the Director of Teacher Education.
IWU General Education
The IWU general education category requirements listed below are met with required
major or licensure courses.
Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI)
Educ 225 (required)
Analysis of Values (AV)
PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education (recommended)
Cultural and Historical Change (CHC)
History Major courses
Formal Reasoning (FR)
PHIL 102 or MATH 110 (recommended but not required)
Life Science Issues (LSI)
Psych 100 (required for licensure)
U.S. Diversity flag (U)
Global Diversity flag (G)
History Major courses
Writing Intensive (W)
EDUC 255 and 498 (required). Additional W requirements are required for the major.
No more than two general education courses may come from a single department or school,
with the exception of a second language, Gateway, and Writing Intensive.
Sample Course Plan
- EDUC 225/EDUC 125 Education and Social Justice (CSI) OR
- EDUC 255/EDUC 126 Child Study and Assessment (W)
- HIST 290 Theories, Methods, Crafting of History
- HIST course
- One course from pre-1800 history (if not taken in the Fall)
- General Education Course
- Second Language Course
- Physical Education (PEY)
Sample Course Plan Year 2