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History Department

History Major with Social Studies Teaching Certification

 

It is essential that history students pursuing Secondary School History-Social Studies Certificationfamiliarize themselves with the certification requirements required of the Messiah Education Department and the State of Pennsylvania. It is thus imperative that you consult the Messiah College Teacher Education Website in order to learn more about required courses (particularly literature and math), Praxis exams, FBI clearances, and entrance into the Messiah Teacher Education program and Professional Semester (Student teaching semester).

 

In order to graduate on time, you must follow the suggested course sequence. Alternative strategies will require taking summer courses. BE SURE to consult with your academic advisor about any questions you have!  Please see the special notes at the end of the course sequence for important recommendations.

 

Fall Semester Freshman Year
1. U.S. History Survey (HIST 141 or HIST 142)
2. Western Civilization History Survey (HIST 101 or HIST 102) [Note 1]
     or World Civilizations History Survey (HIST 171 or HIST 172)
3. First-Year Seminar (IDFY 101)
4. Foreign Language (First-Semester Level)
5. Fundamentals of Public Communication (COMM 105)

6. Health and Physical Education Activity Course
Total Credits Taken 16

Spring Semester Freshman Year
1. U.S. History Survey (HIST 141 or HIST 142)
2. World Civilizations History Survey (HIST 171 or HIST 172) [Note 1]
or Western Civilization History Survey (HIST 101 or HIST 102)
3. Foreign Language (Second-Semester Level)
4. Mathematical Sciences (Math / Computer Science / Stat)
5. CORE: Created and Called for Community (IDCR 151)
6. Intro to Wellness (PHED 101)
Total Credits Taken 17

Fall Semester Sophomore Year [Note 2]
1. Historical Methods (HIST 258)
2. Upper Division History Course (HIST 3xx) [Note 3]
3. Foreign Language (Third-Semester Level) [Note 4]
4. Introduction to Special Education (EDSP 207)
5. Educational Psychology (EDUC 203)

6.  Sophomore Field Experience (EDUC 210)
Total Credits Taken 15

Spring Semester Sophomore Year
1. Upper Division History Course (HIST 3xx) [Note 3]
2. Approved Literature Course (ENGL xxx) [Note 5]
3. Education and American Society (EDUC 201)
4. Additional Math Course (Math / Computer Science / Stat)
5. Science, Tech. & the World [January Term] (IDST 3xx)
Total Credits Taken 15

Fall Semester Junior Year [Note 6]
1. Upper Division History Course (HIST/IDSE 3xx)
2. Teaching History and Social Studies (HIST 390)
3. Inclusion Practices (EDSP 307)
4. Encountering the Bible (BIBL 201 / 202 / 203 / 204)
5. Junior Field Experience (EDUC 310)
6. Instructional Design & Assessment (EDUC 331)
Total Credits Taken 18

Spring Semester Junior Year  (Study Abroad Semester Encouraged)
1. Upper Division History Course (HIST 3xx)
2. Arts (ART/MUGE/THEA 1xx or 2xx)
3. Lab Science (BIOL/CHEM/FSN/GEOL 1xx)
4. Regional Geography (GEOG 103)
5. Philosophy (PHIL 101 or 102) or Religion (RELI2xx)
Total Credits Taken 15

Fall Semester Senior Year
1. Senior Seminar: Historiography & Philosophy of History (HIST 401)
2. Upper Division History Course (HIST 3xx)
3. American Government (POLI 113)
4. Economics of Social Issues (ECON 110)
5. Christian Beliefs
Total Credits Taken 15

Spring Semester Senior Year (Professional Semester)
1. Secondary Social Studies Curriculum & Design (HIS 407)
2. Adolescent Development (PSY/FAM 311)
3. Professional Issues in Education (EDU 420)
4. Secondary Student Teaching (EDU 435)
Total Credits Taken 17

TOTAL CREDITS: 128

Additional Notes Regarding Sequencing


1. These courses meet the general education Non-Western Studies requirement.

 

2. EDSP 207, EDUC 203, and EDUC 210 MUST be taken together during the sophomore year


3. In order to graduate on time, you must take an Upper Division American History course that is cross-listed as IDSE 3xx so that the General Education Pluralism requirement is met in this fashion.


One upper division history course MUST be an IDPL/Pluralism Course.  (Native American History, African-American History, U.S. Urban History, or Immigrant America)

 

4. If you choose to take a Cross-Cultural Course (IDSC 260) for this third-semester requirement, you can do so in the January Term of your Sophomore or Junior year. The January Term of your Senior year is not available for a Cross-Cultural Course since you will begin your Professional Semester in J-Term.


5. For a list of approved literature courses click here.

 

6. EDUC 310, 307, 331, and the Teaching History and Social Studies Course (HIST 390) MUST be taken together during the junior year.