Inquiry in Teaching & Learning

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Teacher and NAU Alumnus Michael Vogler at Coconino High School Fall 2011

The Department of History places a premium on preparing the next generation of history and social studies teachers. At least one-half of the history majors are training to teach in middle and high schools. Others aim to teach at the collegiate level. 

Our goal is to equip these future teachers with the necessary historical knowledge and understanding by exposing them to a variety of historical narratives and theories, introducing them to diverse local and global communities, and helping them sharpen their historical thinking skills.


In the program’s core methods courses, students have opportunities to:

  • learn and practice doing history and social studies
  • ask discipline-oriented and inquiry-driven questions
  • examine and analyze primary and secondary documents and artifacts
  • offer evidence-based arguments and interpretations

Teacher candidates also learn pedagogical strategies, design lessons, and practice teaching in secondary classrooms. 

The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).