Major in History-Secondary Education

History-Secondary Education majors may wish to obtain certification to teach history at the secondary level. Students in this Secondary Education Program receive certification to teach in Maryland upon graduation. See Department of Secondary Education requirements. Students must contact the Department of Secondary ­Education about admission to the Secondary Education Program.

Students who decide not to complete all secondary education requirements must select and complete a different major in order to graduate.

In addition to the Core Curriculum requirements, and the requirements specified by the Department of Secondary Education, students must complete 54 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in each course taken from among the courses listed below. Of the 54 units, 21 must be completed in the required History courses, 24 in social sciences courses, and 9 units in History electives before completing the capstone internship.

Required Courses
HIST 102HISTORY OF EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION THROUGH THE 17TH CENTURY3
HIST 103HISTORY OF EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION FROM THE 17TH CENTURY3
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR3
or HIST 147 HONORS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR
HIST 146HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR3
or HIST 148 HONORS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
HIST 300INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL STUDY 13
Select two courses in lower-division global surveys 26
History Electives
Select three upper-division survey courses, including a minimum of two different geographic categories (U.S., Europe, global)9
Required Social Sciences Courses
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
ECON 202MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
SOSC 401TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE3
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
POSC 103AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
Select one of the following:3
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
GEOGRAPHY OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
Select one of the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
STATE GOVERNMENT
Select one of the following: 3
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTHROPOLOGY OF AMERICAN CULTURE
Total Units54
1

Course must be taken during the junior year or equivalent.

2

HIST 110, HIST 111, HIST 117, HIST 118, HIST 121, HIST 122, HIST 135, HIST 160, HIST 161, HIST 275 or HIST 277

SECONDARY TEACHER EDUCATION Requirements

In addition to majoring in one of the certification subject areas as well as satisfying the university Core Curriculum requirements, students must complete the professional education courses listed below.

Required Professional Courses for Secondary Education

A minimum grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher is required for all courses with an overall grade point average of 2.75 and 3.00 in professional education courses.

ISTC 301INTEGRATING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY3
SCED 305ADOLESCENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY (prerequisite: PSYC 101)3
SCED 341PRINCIPLES OF SECONDARY EDUCATION4
SCED 401ANALYZING INTERNSHIP2
SCED 419YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE (English majors only)3
SCED 460USING READING AND WRITING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS 14
SCED 462SEMINAR IN TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS1
Methods Requirement
Select one of the following based on major: 33
TEACHING MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
Internship Requirement by Major
Select one of the following based on major: 12
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- ENGLISH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- FRENCH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- HISTORY
STUDENT TEACHING IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- SPANISH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- SOCIAL SCIENCE
SCED 461TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS (taken concurrently with SCED 499)3
SCED 499INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 26
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
Additional requirements to be integrated into Core Curriculum:
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
EDUC 203TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR3
or HIST 146 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
SCED 304EDUCATION, ETHICS AND CHANGE3
1

Taken concurrently with SCED 341 and shares a required field experience

2

Taken at a professional development school during the fall or spring term, whichever precedes the full-time internship term, with Methods of Teaching Major Subject and SCED 461 

3

Some methods courses are offered spring or fall only. Check with your adviser. 

The Professional Year

As part of their yearlong professional internship, all teacher candidates begin these activities in Professional Development Schools (PDS). These are schools in which the Department of Secondary Education and the College of Education have partnerships in which the PDS and the Department collaborate  on a number of issues, including serving as in-school sites for courses as well as the activities taking place during the Full-Time Internship year. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP

  1. All students must meet the following GPA requirements to be admitted to student teaching: 2.75 GPA in major field and 3.00 in professional education courses with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, based on transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended, including Towson University. (Consult with SCED adviser.)
  2. All preservice students in Teacher Education programs at Towson University whose program of study requires an intensive and extensive internship or student teaching experience in a public school setting (pre-K through 12) are required to undergo a criminal background check before entering this experience. The criminal background check must be filed with the Center for Professional Practice.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 102 (Core 1)3TSEM 102 (Core 2)3
PSYC 101 (Core 6)3COMM 1313
HIST 102 or 103 (Core 5)3HIST 102 or 103 (Core 5)3
HIST 145 or 1463HIST 145 or 1463
POSC 103 or SOCI 1013POSC 103 or SOCI 1013
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HIST global survey course13ECON 201 or 2023
EDUC 2023EDUC 2033
Core 43SOSC 4013
ECON 201 or 2023Core 74
Select one of the following:3ANTH 207 or 2093
 
 
 
 
 15 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HIST 3003SCED 3414
HIST upper level3SCED 4604
SCED 3053SPED 3013
Select one of the following:3SCED 3043
HIST global survey course13
 
 
 
Core 33 
 15 17
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
SCED 4996SCED 38912
SCED 4613SCED 4012
SCED 3553SCED 4621
HIST upper level3 
HIST upper level3 
ISTC 3013 
 21 15
Total Units 129
1

HIST 110, HIST 111, HIST 117, HIST 118, HIST 121, HIST 122, HIST 135, HIST 160, HIST 161, HIST 275 or HIST 277                

NCSS Standard 1.1Culture and Cultural Diversity. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of culture and cultural diversity.
NCSS Standard 1.2Time, Continuity, and Change. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of time, continuity, and change.
NCSS Standard 1.3People, Places, and Environment. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of people, places, and environment.
NCSS Standard 1.4Individual Development and Identity. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of individual development and identity.
NCSS Standard 1.5Individuals, Groups and Institutions. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of individuals, groups, and institutions.
NCSS Standard 1.6Power, Authority, and Governance. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of power, authority and governance.
NCSS Standard 1.7Production, Distribution, and Consumption. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and disposition to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
NCSS Standard 1.8Science, Technology and Society. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of science, technology and society.
NCSS Standard 1.9Global Connections. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of global connections and interdependence.
NCSS Standard 1.10Civic Ideals and Practices. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of civic ideals and practices.
Standard 3.1. Course or Courses on Teaching Social Studies. Institutions preparing social studies teachers should provide and require prospective social studies teachers to complete a course or courses dealing specifically with the nature of the social studies and with ideas, strategies, and techniques for teaching social studies at the appropriate licensure level.
Standard 3.2. Qualified Social Studies Faculty. Institutions preparing social studies teachers should provide faculty in the social studies and social studies education components of the program who are recognized as (a) exemplary teachers, (b) scholars in the fields of social studies and social studies education, and (c) informed about middle and secondary school classrooms and teaching.