History - Teacher Education

“...Great professors who encourage students to think outside the box & give us freedom to learn. Through undergraduate research, experimental archaeology, and historical reenacting, the WIU History Department really does make history come alive! ...a great learning experience in the field of history; ...outstanding preparation for my own classroom teaching...”-- Abby Lagemann, B.A., History Teacher Certification

Our program, which qualifies students to teach history as well as social studies, has had our national recognition extended by the National Council of Social Studies until 2019!

The state of Illinois now requires that all candidates seeking certification to teach History must also be qualified to teach all other social studies subjects. Our program meets all these requirements. History - Teacher Certification majors have very specific general education requirements - but take the same History Core Courses as other History majors.

Possible Careers

  • High School History
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Why Choose History at WIU?

Our program is designed to ensure your successful completion of all requirements. We provide highly individualized advising, support, and resources to pass the State Subject Matter Certification Exam, which covers the full range of social studies subjects, including History.

WIU graduates will be certified to teach secondary school History and social studies in the state of Illinois.

Illinois state has reciprocity agreements with a number of other states as well, allowing those certified to teach in Illinois to gain certification in those additional states. Let us help you get to where YOU want your degree to take you!

Our Graduates:

At A Glance

Degrees Available:

  • B.S.
  • M.S.

Major: Yes
Minor: Yes
Campus: Macomb
Study Opportunities:

  • GradTrac
  • Honors
  • Teacher Certification
  • Graduate Studies

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