B.A. in History-Teacher Education

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in History - Teacher Licensure (a "comprehensive major" -- no minor) must complete units I, II, and III below. Although most students require 4 1/2 years to finish the teacher education degree, others complete it in 4 years, through a combination of high school AP courses and Summer School classes. Student teaching is carried out at a number of sites around the state.

Tips and Advice for Those Seeking Teaching Positions

History Student-Teachers Back on Campus

History - Teacher Education majors should also consult the Teacher Education Handbook and the Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals (CPEP) , in the College of Education and Human Services, for further information on WIU's Teacher Education Program.

History - Teacher Education majors have very specific General Education requirements but take the same History Core Courses as other History majors. The state of Illinois now requires that all candidates seeking licenses to teach History must also be qualified to teach all other social studies subjects. Our program is designed to ensure that you pass the State Subject Matter Certification Exam, which covers that full range of social studies subjects, including History. Upon graduation, WIU graduates will be licensed to teach secondary school History and social studies in the state of Illinois. The state has reciprocity agreements with a number of other states as well, allowing those certified to teach in Illinois to gain a license in those additional states.

All History - Teacher Education majors must meet with the Undergraduate History Advisor, Ralph Heissinger, prior to registration each semester, to plan their programs and ensure their timely progress toward their degree.

History Teacher Ed major Andrea Van Drew's presentation on ancient Rome

I. General Education Requirements

History - Teacher Education students must complete the University General Education requirement (60 hours), including the following required courses: ANTH 110, ECON 100 or ECON 231, GEOG 100, GEOG 121, METR 120, PSY 100, REL 110 or REL 111, and a General Education Math course (43 s.h.).

II. Core Courses (15 s.h.)

HIST 105 American History to 1877
3 s.h.
HIST 106 American History since 1877
3 s.h.
HIST 115 World History to 1500
3 s.h.
HIST 116 World History since 1500
3 s.h.
HIST 201 Historical Methods
3 s.h.

III. Option C. History-Teacher Education

1. History Directed Electives (minimum of 24 s.h.)

U.S. History (Area I), inc. HIST 420: Capstone Seminar: Illinois History (WID course)
min. 9 s.h.
European History (Area II)
min. 6 s.h.
Non-Western History (Area III)
min. 6 s.h.
At least 12 semester hours in History Directed Electives must be at the 400 level including HIST 420.

2. Other Directed electives (9 s.h.)

GEOG 110, POLS 122, and POLS 267
      9 s.h.
HIST 307, 329, POLS 228 or 331
      3 s.h.

3. Other Required Courses (41 s.h.)

a. EIS 202, 301, 303 (2 s.h.), 304 (1 s.h.), 305, 401 13 s.h.
b. SSED 439, 449 6 s.h.
c. SPED 210, 390 4 s.h.
d. ENG 366 or RDG 387 2 s.h.
e. C&I 403 4 s.h.
f. STCH 480 (16 weeks)
12 s.h.

For further information about majoring in History - Teacher Education at Western Illinois University, please contact the Department of History at (309)298-1053 or contact the Interim Department Chair, Dr. Jennifer McNabb , or the Undergraduate Advisor, Ralph Heissinger.


Resources for Teaching History in the Secondary Schools

The following books are available in the Undergraduate History Advisor's office (Ralph Heissinger, 436 Morgan):

Stan Cody's Teaching Out of the Box: A Teacher's Guide to Making History Fun . . . and More .

Frederick Drake and Lynn Nelson's Engagement in Teaching History: Theory and Practices for Middle and Secondary Teachers.

Yohuru Rahsied Williams's Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies, Grades 5-12.

The Princeton Review's  What To Do With Your History or Political Science Degree .

Blythe Camenson's  Careers for History Buffs & Others Who Learn From the Past.

Lambert DeGalan's Great Jobs for History Majors

Richard Di Giacomo's Short Role-playing Simulations for US History Classrooms.

See also the "History Links for K-12 Educators" section of the Historical Links

Minor in Middle-Level Social Studies Teaching

Minor in Middle-Level Social Studies Teaching
24 s.h.
1. HIST 115, 116; GEOG 100; POLS 267; SSED 390
15 s.h.
2. Directed Electives
9 s.h.
a. Two upper-division courses from History Directed Electives Area I (U.S. History)
6 s.h.
b. One upper-division course from History Directed Electives Area II or III (European or Wold History)
3 s.h.