History B.A./B.S. - Emphasis in Social Studies 4-8, Teaching Certification

Students seeking teacher certification in grades four through eight in social studies must take the courses required for this major. In addition they must take required support courses designed to broaden their content knowledge in order to help them team plan with middle school teachers in other disciplines.

The purpose of this bachelor's degree is for students to become trained in the discipline of history. The objectives of this program are to acquaint students with the human past; to provide insight into the nature of the historic process; and to teach students to analyze and think critically about historical works and issues, and express their judgments clearly in writing. At the conclusion of this program students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of historiography, that is, a familiarity with a range of historical methods, theories, and schools of interpretation. They will also be able to research and write thesis-driven papers on historical topics, using appropriate sources.

This particular emphasis is designed for students to become certified to teach middle school social studies, which includes the fields of history, government, geography, and economics.

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Required courses in the major
HIST 303GLB/Historical Geography3
HIST 305GLB/World History to 17th Century3
HIST 306GLB/The Modern World3
HIST 333Modern Europe, 1848-19913
HIST 402Colonial North America to 17753
HIST 403Revolutionary America 1775-18503
HIST 405Civil War & Reconstruction3
HIST 411Race and Education in the Twentieth-Century United States3
HIST 415History of Texas3
PSCI 335Political Economy3
HIST 492Senior Research Seminar3
Required support courses
PSY 300Learning Processes and Development3
RDG 380Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools3
RDG 450Middle School Reading: Theory & Practice3
MLED 314Young Adolescent Development3
MLED 435Integrating Instruction: Science, Mathematics, and Technology3
MLED 402Best Practices in Pedagogy and Assessment3
MLED 403Organization, Motivation, and Management in Middle Level Classrooms3
MLED 410Fostering School, Family, and Community Relationships3
MATH 350Topics in Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I3
MATH 351Topics in Math Elem Tch II3
SPED 346Survey of Exceptionalities3
ELED 452Student Teaching in Field-Based Teacher Education Programs6
Plus 3 sh from:
ELED 300Introduction To Teaching3
or SED 300 Teaching Profession
Plus 3 sh from:
ELED 200GLB/Education in Global Societ3
or SED 300 Teaching Profession
Total Hours120

Other Requirements

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all History and Political Science courses required for this major. Fifteen semester hours of the major must be taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce.