Teacher Certification in Secondary History and Social Studies provides prospective teachers with the attitudes, content, pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary for a teaching career in middle or high school. The curriculum immerses students in the Social Studies content area, balancing preparatory pedagogical courses with direct application of knowledge and skills through meaningful field experiences.
In Mississippi, those who want to teach history must gain a teaching license in social studies, grades 7-12.
Our department offers excellent options for the preparation of social studies educators. We have a "traditional track" to teaching certification, but also work with students on an "alternative track" to licensure. All history majors are eligible to join the alternative track to teacher certification in their senior year. If you are considering the alternative track to teaching certification, we recommend you consider adding the Social Studies minor to your history major or joining the Political Science with Social Studies concentration degree program.
Students must earn a C or higher in the general education classes PSY 206 Human Growth and Development, COM 101 Oral Communications, and MA 113 College Algebra (or higher math). They must earn a C or higher in ED 200 Education as a Profession, ED 306 Introduction to Exceptional Learners, ED 452 Educational Measurement, ED 390 Classroom Management, and ED 360 Educational Psychology, and they must earn a B or higher in ED 302 Art and Science of Teaching.
To be admitted to the Teacher Education program, students must pass the Praxis Core exam or earn a 21 or higher on the ACT or have a 3.0 overall GPA and complete 44 hours with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and pass a criminal background check.
Once admitted, students will successfully complete HIS 410 Methods & Materials in Secondary History and Social Studies, and then they qualify to begin their teacher internship semester, when they will enroll in ED 452 Educational Measurement and ED 409 Observation and Directed Teaching in Secondary Education Grades 7-12.
Because the secondary education program has additional requirements, the number of free electives in a student’s curriculum is limited. Students interested in secondary education certification should declare their major early in order to get proper advising so they progress through their curriculum in a timely fashion. Your advisor will know when required courses are usually offered and can help you decide which electives will allow you to fulfill the required distribution in History, Political Science, Geography, and Economics. Without proper advising, you may spend more time earning your degree.
Students should complete most of their education and major requirements prior to their senior year. In the fall semester of their senior year, students must complete any remaining requirements and take HIS 410 Methods and Materials of Secondary Education and HIS 499 History Capstone. Then in the Spring semester students complete their degree with the Student Teaching Semester.
We have partnered with The W's School of Education to create a clear pathway to licensure for students who are interested in teaching, but did not start a Teacher Certification program early in their college career. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a graduate education degree and an alternative initial licensure program which provides those who complete this program an opportunity to teach in Mississippi schools. Some students may qualify to be admitted to the Accelerated MAT program while completing their bachelor’s degree. Students who qualify may also complete a regular History degree before applying to the MAT program.
The Mary Lou Peyton Scholarships provide history students with the resources to enhance their studies at The W through awards for tuition, study abroad, and internships. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to incoming freshmen or transfer students. Awards of up to $10,000 per year help history majors with education-related expenses and are renewable for up to four years. Additionally, awards of up to $5,000 help history students with expenses related to study abroad and internship opportunities.
In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.
The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.
All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must include the following courses (or demonstrate equivalent competency) in their academic program:
To fulfill the language requirement for the B.A., students must complete the 202 level or above in a foreign language. For information on foreign language placement, see the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy section in the Bulletin. If, upon entering the University, a student already has sufficient background to be successful in 201-202, he/she does not need to enroll in 101-102. The requirement is in essence six hours credit at the 200-level or above.
Teacher Education Majors are required to pass the following courses with a C or higher as part of their major and their General Education Curriculum.
Grade of C or better required in all coursework
An introduction to the techniques of historical methodology, and to some of the major literature.
Select one American History; one European History; one Global History; and one additional history elective in either American or European History.
Three courses at the 200 level or ablove taken from the following list (9 hours) or substitutions approved by department chair:
A study of the use and abuse of history and historical evidence in a broad perspective, using material which majors have produced in their past coursework, as represented by portfolios of the work. This course requires students to engage in primary and secondary source analysis, archival research, and the completion of an article-length paper.
(Minimum grade of C required):
ED 200 - Education as a Profession
ED 302 - Art and Science of Teaching
ED 306 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners
ED 360 - Educational Psychology
ED 390 - Classroom Management
ED 409 - Observation and Directed Teaching in Secondary Education Grades 7-12
HIS 410 - Methods and Materials in Secondary History and Social Studies
ED 452 - Educational Measurement
Select one computer applications or programming course: (3 Semester Hours)
Note: Students wishing to obtain teacher licensure must meet the requirements for Admission to Teacher Education (after completing ED 200 ) and the requirements for Admission to Teacher Internship (before entering ED 390 ).
Total Hours Required for a BA in History: 124 Semester Hours
You can add endorsements to your teaching area by examination or additional coursework. Details for how to add supplemental endorsements can be found at the MS Department of Education website.