Major in History-Secondary Education

History majors with a Secondary Education concentration may wish to obtain certification to teach history/social studies at the secondary level. Upon graduation and completion of Maryland State Department of Education content test requirements, students in the Secondary Education Program are eligible to apply for certification by the Maryland State Department of Education. Please visit the Department of Secondary and Middle School Education catalog page for admission requirements. 

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. All History majors may transfer up to 18 units toward the major. 

Required Courses
HIST 102EUROPE: FROM THE AGE OF CAESAR TO THE AGE OF CALVIN, FIRST TO SEVENTEENTH CENTURY3
HIST 103HISTORY OF EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION FROM THE 17TH CENTURY3
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR 13
HIST 146HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR 13
HIST 300INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL STUDY 23
Select two of the following lower-level global survey courses in History:6
EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION TO THE 19TH CENTURY
MODERN EAST ASIA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY
ISLAMIC HISTORY: FROM THE RISE OF ISLAM TO THE RISE OF THE OTTOMANS
MODERN MIDDLE EAST HISTORY
LATIN AMERICA: COLONIAL PERIOD
LATIN AMERICA: NATIONAL PERIOD
HISTORY OF AFRICA TO 1900
AFRICA SINCE 1900
WORLD HISTORY BEFORE 1300
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1300
CITIES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
HISTORY OF ANCIENT ISRAEL
A SURVEY OF JEWISH HISTORY
History Electives
Select three upper-level survey courses in History (HIST), including a minimum of two different geographic categories (U.S., Europe, global) 39
Required Social Sciences Courses
ANTH 207CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 13
or ANTH 209 ANTHROPOLOGY OF AMERICAN CULTURE
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES 13
ECON 202MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES 13
POSC 103AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 13
SOSC 401TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE3
Select one of the following Geography courses:3
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY 1
GEOGRAPHY OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 1
Select one of the following Political Science courses:3
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE 1
GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 1
STATE GOVERNMENT
Total Units54
1

Courses have an honors equivalent version. Honors students should consult the course schedule to check for availability.

2
HIST 300 must be taken during the junior year or equivalent.
3

Transferred lower-level History (HIST) courses do not fulfill upper (300-400) level electives. 

Secondary Education Requirements

In addition to majoring in one of the certification subject areas and satisfying the University Core Curriculum requirements, students must complete the courses listed below.  

Minimum requirements for admission into teacher education programs, maintaining candidate status and formal entry into the capstone internship are outlined on the Standards for Teacher Education page in the Undergraduate Catalog. 

Secondary Education General Requirements (12 Units)
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS (Core 10)3
EDUC 203TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY (Core 13)3
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR (Core 11)3
or HIST 146 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
SCED 304EDUCATION, ETHICS AND CHANGE (Core 14)3
Secondary Education Professional Education Requirements (44-47 Units) 1
ISTC 301INTEGRATING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY3
SCED 305ADOLESCENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY (prerequisite: PSYC 101)3
SCED 341PRINCIPLES OF SECONDARY EDUCATION4
SCED 401ANALYZING THE INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE3
SCED 460USING LITERACY IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS 24
SCED 461TEACHING LITERACY IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS 33
SCED 499INTERNSHIP IN EDUCATION 46
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
Methods Requirement
Select one of the following based on major: 53-6
TEACHING MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE
TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
and YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Internship Requirement
Select one of the following based on major: 12
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- ENGLISH
INTERNSHIP IN FRENCH EDUCATION
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- HISTORY
INTERNSHIP IN SPANISH EDUCATION
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- SOCIAL SCIENCE
Total Units56-59
1

Students in the English major with a Secondary Education concentration will complete the Secondary Education Requirements with 47 units of professional education courses and 59 units of Secondary Education requirements total.   

2

Taken concurrently with SCED 341 and shares a required field experience

3

Taken concurrently with SCED 499.

4

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 

5

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

The Professional Year and Full Time Internship

All teacher candidates conduct their internship in Professional Development Schools (PDS). These are schools in which there is a partnership between the schools and the College of Education (COE). All students wishing to enroll in their internship courses must meet with their Secondary School adviser to receive permission to register. Students will not be admitted to the internship without prior approval of an adviser.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HIST 102 or 1033COMM 131 (Core 5)3
HIST 145 or 146 (Core 11)3HIST 102 or 1033
POSC 103 or SOCI 1013HIST 145 or 1463
PSYC 101 (Core 6)3POSC 103 or SOCI 1013
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 33 
 18 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ECON 201 or 2023ANTH 207 or 2093
EDUC 202 (Core 10)3ECON 201 or 2023
HIST global survey course13EDUC 203 (Core 13)3
Select one of the following:3HIST global survey course13
GEOG 101 (Core 8)
SOSC 4013
GEOG 102 (Core 12)
Core 8 or Core 12 (if not already satisfied) 3-4
GEOG 105 (Core 12)
 
GEOG 109 (Core 12)
 
Core 74 
 16 18-19
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HIST 300 (Core 9)3HIST Upper Level Elective23
HIST Upper-Level Elective23SCED 304 (Core 14)3
SCED 3053SCED 3414
Select one of the following:3SCED 4604
SPED 3013
 
 
 
Core 43 
 15 17
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HIST Upper-Level Elective 23SCED 38912
ISTC 3013SCED 4013
SCED 3553 
SCED 4613 
SCED 4996 
 18 15
Total Units 132-133
1

Refer to the list of approved lower-level global survey courses within the requirements. 

2

Select an upper-level survey course, including a minimum of two different geographic categories (U.S., Europe, Global).

National Council for the Social Studies

National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers

  • Standard 1. Content Knowledge Candidates demonstrate knowledge of social studies disciplines. Candidates are knowledgeable of disciplinary concepts, facts, and tools; structures of inquiry; and forms of representation.
  • Standard 2. Application of Content Through Planning Candidates plan learning sequences that leverage social studies knowledge and literacies, technology, and theory and research to support the civic competence of learners.
  • Standard 3. Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment Candidates design and implement instruction and authentic assessments, informed by data literacy and learner self-assessment, that promote civic competence. 
  • Standard 4. Social Studies Learners and Learning Candidates use knowledge of learners to plan and implement relevant and responsive pedagogy, create collaborative and interdisciplinary learning environments, and prepare learners to be informed advocates for an inclusive and equitable society. 
  • Standard 5. Professional Responsibility and Informed Action Candidates reflect and expand upon their social studies knowledge, inquiry skills, and civic dispositions to advance social justice and promote human rights through informed action in schools and/or communities.