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 standardsTo 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.

Course Requirements

 

Secondary Education Major

Secondary Education Major/Professional Education (11 or 11.5 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.

First Year

Fall/Spring

EDUC 225: Education and Social Justice (SI)  
EDUC 125: Education and Social Justice, in most cases, concurrent with 225 20-25 hours field experience
OR
EDUC 255: Child Study and Assessment (WI)  
EDUC 126: Teaching to the World of the Child, in most cases, concurrent with 255 20-25 hours field experience

Sophomore Year

Fall/Spring

EDUC 225: Education and Social Justice (SI)  
EDUC 125: Education and Social Justice, in most cases, concurrent with 225 20-25 hours field experience
OR
EDUC 255: Child Study and Assessment (WI)  
EDUC 126: Teaching to the World of the Child, in most cases, concurrent with 255 20-25 hours field experience
 
EDUC 257: The Exceptional Child (U)  

Junior Year*

Fall/Spring

EDUC 257: The Exceptional Child (U), if still needed

Fall

EDUC 320: Foundations of Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication 25 hours field experience 

OR

May Term

EDUC 365: Reading, Writing and Communication in the Content Areas

Spring

EDUC 345: Instructional Planning, Assessment and Safe Learning Environments 40-45 hours field experience 
EDUC 361: Seminar: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Social Science  

Senior Year

 Fall

EDUC 490: Student Teaching Seminar 15 week full time immersion in the field                                  (continues from Jr. year Spring placement)
EDUC 492: Student Teaching: Secondary Social Science  

Spring

EDUC 498: Educational Inquiry (WI)

* 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

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.

History 290

Theory, Methods, Crafting of History

History 490

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:

Social Science field IWU suggested course
Political Science  American National Government PSCI 101
Economics  Introduction to Economics ECON 100
Psychology  General Psychology PSYC 100
Environmental Studies             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.

General 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 (US)
Educ 257
Global Diversity flag (G)
History Major courses
Writing Intensive  (WI)
EDUC 255 and 498 (required). Additional WI 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.

Additional Endorsements

 

Additional Content Specific Endorsements in Social Science

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 listed below by meeting the following specified requirements:  

Economics

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in the handbook, and
  • 18 hours coursework in Economics OR Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Economics (109) 

Political Science

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in the handbook, and
  • 18 hours of coursework in Political Science OR Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Political Science (117) 

Psychology

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in the handbook and
  • 8 hours of coursework in Psychology OR Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Psychology (118) 

Sociology and Anthropology

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in the handbook, and
  • 18 hours of coursework in Sociology and Anthropology OR pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Sociology and Anthropology (121)

 

Sample Course Plan Year 1

Fall Semester

  • Gateway Colloquium
  • General Education Course
  • Second Language Course
  • One course in each of the three geographical areas:
    • U.S.
    • Europe
    • Asian or Latin America
  • One course in pre-1800 history
  • Physical Education (PEX)

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 225/EDUC 125 Education and Social Justice (CSI)  OR
  • EDUC 255/EDUC 126 Child Study and Assessment (W)
  • One course in each of the three geographical areas:
    • U.S.
    • Europe
    • Asian or Latin America
  • One course from pre-1800 history
  • General Education Course
  • Second Language Course
  • Physical Education (PEY)
 Sample Course Plan Year 2
 

Fall Semester