Secondary Education - History and Social Studies, Bachelor of Science in Education
As a high school educator who specializes in history and social studies, you'll give your students the context and knowledge they need to understand and participate in the world around them. In this program you'll tap into the areas of interest that pique your curiosity, such as U.S. history, world history, political science, economics, and geography. You can also take additional courses in other social sciences, like anthropology, psychology, and sociology.
You’ll graduate with expertise in your chosen field, ready with the tools needed to shape the educational experiences of your students and build a curriculum that reaches everyone. Enjoy a rigorous and collaborative learning environment that will prepare you for a rewarding career in secondary education. If you earn excellent grades and successfully complete a senior thesis or an honors project, you become eligible to receive departmental honors when you graduate.
Note: You must apply and be accepted to the College of Education’s teacher education program in addition to being admitted to the university.
“Our history is not our destiny,” suggests Alan Cohen.
This degree prepares future educators to teach their students both the tragedies of history and the lessons it offers for the future. The plan includes content-rich coursework as well as significant preparation in teaching, using best practices and applied theory.
This program is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).
This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Secondary school teacher
- Reading specialist
- Curriculum specialist
- Reading tutor
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- School psychologist
- Curriculum specialist
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To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- 74 units of major requirements including 15 units of Fieldwork Experience - HIS 206, HIS 407 and HIS 491C
- 12 units of Foundations in Teaching requirements
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A||Recommended|
|Progression Plan Link||Not Available|
This program may lead to licensure.
The BSEd History and Social Studies program prepares competent and professional educators who will teach and make a positive difference in secondary social studies classrooms. The program equips future teachers with historical and social science knowledge and understanding by exposing them to a variety of narratives, perspectives, and disciplinary skills and by introducing them to diverse local, state, national, and global communities. Students gain insight in the critical reading of these narratives and arguments, practice the historical craft by constructing evidence-based narratives and arguments from primary and secondary sources, and discussing, analyzing, and synthesizing diverse histories. They are also introduced to the disciplines of political science, economics, and geography. The program combines content knowledge and abilities with training in inquiry learning, pedagogical skills and significant practice in secondary classroom. Students practice creating inquiry-rich daily, unit, and year long curriculum plans that are rich in diverse instructional strategies (including the use of technological literacies) and teaching lessons in the secondary classroom. At the end of the program, students should be able to successfully orchestrate learning in secondary classrooms by planning meaningful, standards-based instruction, delivering these lessons successfully in the classroom, assess learning, and modify instruction for diverse learners.
NAU students in this program are teacher candidates in History and Social Studies Education; and they work on teaching and learning by practicing skills in working with secondary learners, content, assessment, and professional dispositions in order to effectively teach social studies at the secondary level.
Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
- Learners, Learner Differences, and Learning Environment: The teacher candidate will be able to
- create an inquiry-based, productive, collaborative, high expectations classroom setting;
- engage and motivate secondary-grade learners;
- develop and refine learning plans appropriate to grade level and a diversity of learners (e.g. differing needs, abilities, race, class, gender, religions, and cultural backgrounds);
- adapt lessons for different learners’ cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical development;
- articulate the relevance of teaching multiple perspectives to a diverse group of learners, recognizing the interconnectedness of all people.
- Concepts/ Knowledge Application: The teacher candidate can
- inquire, think critically, and gain content knowledge and application to teach history, geography, government, and economics at the secondary level;
- practice disciplinary habits of mind, research skills, evidence-based argumentation and interpretation;
- select and assess the value of primary and secondary sources for use in teaching secondary learners;
- incorporate multiple perspectives, drawing on and recognizing relationships among local, regional, and global issues;
- teach required standards for subject and grade-level taught.
- Assessment and Instructional Skills/ Abilities: The teacher candidate can…
- identify and employ enduring understandings and essential questions to teach for deeper meaning;
- plan instruction that promotes meaningful content knowledge and skill acquisition;
- craft pre-, formative, and summative assessments that align with learning outcomes;
- interpret and analyze the results of assessment in order to teach more successfully;
- employ a variety of effective instructional strategies appropriate to learners, content, and learning goals;
- use technological tools appropriate to content and instruction;
- engage students in building their technological literacies.
- Professional Responsibility/Dispositions/ Attitudes: The teacher candidate will demonstrate…
- respect and adaptation for a variety of learners;
- an ability to self-assess his/her teaching and learning;
- confidence in and commitment to growth in teaching;
- patience and reflection in the process of gaining teaching skills;
- how to use content responsibly and appropriately, presenting and citing research;
- openness to explore professional growth and collaboration both in terms of content and pedagogy.
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
To be eligible for admission to the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:
30 units of coursework which includes:
- EDF 200 with a grade of "C" or better
- MAT 110 or MAT 114 with a grade of "C" or better
- The English foundations requirement (ENG 105 or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
- You must be declared in this major.
- Completion of teacher-education orientation for Secondary Education
- Submission of a copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card, obtainable through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (602-223-2279
- Take the following 74 units with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a Grade of "C" or better
Social Studies Content Courses
- U.S. history courses: HIS 293, HIS 295, HIS 367, HIS 368, HIS 369, HIS 370, HIS 372, HIS 378, HIS 388, HIS 392, HIS 394, HIS 396, HIS 397, HIS 402*, HIS 405*, HIS 413, HIS 468, HIS 484* HIS 495, HIS 496 (3-6 units)
- non-U.S. history courses: HIS 221, HIS 229, HIS 230, HIS 231, HIS 238, HIS 240, HIS 241, HIS 249, HIS 250, HIS 251, HIS 270, HIS 272, HIS 280, HIS 281, HIS 299, HIS 312, HIS 314, HIS 320, HIS 325, HIS 331, HIS 332, HIS 335, HIS 340, HIS 341, HIS 343, HIS 344, HIS 350, HIS 351, HIS 355, HIS 360, HIS 366, HIS 375, HIS 376, HIS 379, HIS 380, HIS 381, HIS 382, HIS 400, HIS 402*, HIS 405*, HIS 421, HIS 451, HIS 460, HIS 467, HIS 470, HIS 475, HIS 480, HIS 481, HIS 483, HIS 484* (9-12 units)
Note: we recommend survey courses of regions of the world, drawn from courses offered regarding Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America (e.g., HIS 221, HIS 230, HIS 231, HIS 238, HIS 240, HIS 241, HIS 249, HIS 250, HIS 251, HIS 280, HIS 281, HIS 312, HIS 314, HIS 331, HIS 332, HIS 340, HIS 341, HIS 380, HIS 381, etc.)
Select an additional Social Science course from the following (3 units):
Social Studies Teaching and Learning Courses
(taken after successful completion of HIS 205 and HIS 206)
Social Studies Fieldwork Courses
Foundations in Teaching Requirements
Take the following (12 units) with a Grade of "C" or better
In all of our professional education programs, you are required to complete a student teaching or internship experience. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher.
Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:
- Admission to the professional education program
- NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 3.0 in all History and Social Studies coursework, with grade of "C" or better in the major.
- Passing score on the required Professional Dispositions Modules
- Take and pass the designated content knowledge exam.
- Complete all plan requirements.
- All major coursework, with the exception of EDF 200 must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
- All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
Arizona Teacher Certification
In order to obtain an Arizona teaching certificate you must pass the National Evaluation Series Secondary Assessment Professional Knowledge exam.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Please note that you must take POS 220 or (POS 110 and POS 241) which satisfies the state and federal constitution requirement for Arizona certification, or you may meet the requirement by demonstrating proficiency on a special exam.
If you meet the following criteria, you become eligible to receive History Departmental Honors when you graduate.
To obtain Departmental Honors, you must:
- have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better;
- have an overall grade point average for all History courses taken of 3.7 or better;
- complete a minimum of 39 units of History courses, excluding HIS 206, HIS 407, HIS 429, HIS 430, HIS 491C;
- complete a senior thesis or an Honors project under the supervision of a history faculty member; and
- present the results of the thesis or Honors project at the University Honors Program Symposium, or at a History Department symposium or at a regional/national scholarly conference.
Be aware that Arizona state teacher certification requirements leading to Institutional Recommendations may change at any time, and may impact program of study requirements.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.