History Major

BA in History - History/Social Studies Education 7-12 Teacher Certification Track

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The curriculum for this track of the history degree is designed to provide prospective 7-12 teachers a strong academic foundation in History and Social Studies along with a continuous focus on both the theory and practice of teaching through a sequence of pre- internship education courses and field experiences.

Students completing the 120-hour degree will have satisfied the USM Core Curriculum and the History Major. Graduates are eligible for recommendation for 7-12 teacher certification in Maine.

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):
  • EYE 108-Culture, Identity and Education (recommended) (3 cr)
  • EDU 100 Exploring Teaching (recommended) (3 cr)
  • College Writing-ENG 100 (3 cr)
  • Cultural Interpretation (3 cr)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (4 cr)
  • Creative Expression (3 cr)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis- HRD/SBS 200: Multicultural Human Development (3 cr)
  • Science Exploration- (4 cr)
  • Ethics- EDU 310: Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy recommended (3 cr)
  • Diversity (3 cr)
  • International (3 cr)
  • Cluster:
    • EDU 305: Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
    • SED 335: Students with Exceptionalities in General Education
    • SED 420: Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support (9 cr)
History/Social Studies Major Requirements: (39 cr)
  • Field I
    • HTY 101 Western Civilization I
    • HTY 102 Western Civilization II
  • Field II (complete one of the following pairings)
    • HTY 121 and one other: HTY 122, 123, or 142
    • HTY 122 and one other: HTY 121, 123, 141, or 142
    • HTY 123 and one other: HTY 121, 122, or 141
    • HTY 141 and one other: HTY 122, 123, or 142
    • HTY 142 and one other: HTY 121, 122, or 141
  • Field III (select two)
    • HTY 152 The Islamic Near East
    • HTY 171 Traditional East Asia
    • HTY 172 Modern East Asia
    • HTY 181 Latin America I
    • HTY 182 Latin America II
  • Research methods course
    • HTY 200 Reference, Research, and Report Writing
  • Elective advanced history courses
    • Select five 303-399 level courses in consultation with your major advisor.
    • The Department of History will occasionally double-list upper-level courses from other departments. History majors may count only one course offered by another department and double-listed as a history course as fulfilling a history major requirement.
  • Capstone
    • HTY 400 Senior Seminar
Foreign Language/Foreign Culture Requirement

This requirement can be fulfilled in several ways: by achieving a grade of at least C- in the final semester of an intermediate-level course or by examination, or by achieving a grade of at least C- in the final semester of a beginning-level course or by examination, together with either approved international programs and study abroad experiences or approved other upper-level courses. Students majoring in History must accomplish one of the following, and must consult with their advisor about these options.

  • Completion of one of the following courses at USM with a grade of at least C- fulfills the language requirement:
    • American Sign Language: ASL 202 (Intermediate American Sign Language)
    • French: FRE 202 (Intermediate French II) or FRE 207 (Intensive Intermediate
    • French) or FRE 206 (Reading French II)
    • German: GER 202 (Intermediate German II) or GER 206 (Reading German II)
    • Greek: GRE 251 (Introduction to Greek Literature I)
    • Latin: LAT 251 (Introduction to Latin Literature I)
    • Russian: RUS 202 (Intermediate Russian II)
    • Spanish: SPA 202 (Intermediate Spanish II) or SPA 207 (Intensive Intermediate Spanish)
  • Completion of a foreign language at the beginning level with a grade of at least C- in the final semester or the equivalent by examination, plus an approved one-semester study experience of six credit hours in a non-English-speaking country. This study must be discussed with the student's academic advisor, and be approved by the Chair of the Department of History and Political Science.
  • Completion of a foreign language at the beginning level with a grade of at least C- in the final semester or the equivalent by examination, plus two additional courses or their six-credit-hour equivalent. These upper-level (300 or 400) courses may be from either the Department of History and Political Science, or from other departments, and their content must cover topics or areas of the world with a non-United States, non-European emphasis. These courses must be discussed with the student's academic advisor, and approved by the Chair of the Department of History and Political Science
Professional Education Internship Year Requirements (18 cr)
  • EDU 441 Seminar in Teaching and Learning I (3 cr)
  • EDU 442 Seminar in Teaching and Learning II (3 cr)
  • EDU 404 Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies (3 cr)
  • EDU 413 Professional Internship in Secondary Education (9 cr)
Electives:

Students must complete elective credit to complete the 120 credit hour degree. For those students interested in teaching at the middle level, it is recommended that they complete coursework in a second content area (e.g., English, mathematics, science) to become highly qualified to teach that content area in addition to social studies. Those students interested in teaching high school social studies may want to use their elective credits to bolster their content knowledge in the following social studies disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, or political science. Finally, students should consider taking education courses that will support them to become better teachers including, but not limited to, topics such as literacy, technology, understanding and collaborating with families.

Other Requirements:

Acceptance into the Bachelor of Arts in History/Social Studies 7-12 Teacher Certification Track is contingent upon admission to USM and successful completion of the University's writing and mathematics proficiency requirements. Other acceptance criteria include a minimum 3.0 GPA and experience working with children. No more than 60 credits can be transferred into the program.

Students must maintain a high level of academic achievement. Minimum academic requirements to remain in the program are as follows:

  • A grade of C or better in all University Core and major coursework.
  • A grade of B or better in all professional education coursework.
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or better.

Prior to admission to the professional internship year, students must pass the Praxis I and II exams and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the State of Maine Core Teaching Standards.

For the purposes of field placements in schools during the educational cluster and internship year, students are required to complete and show documentation of the fingerprinting process outlined by the Maine Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification concentration by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation web site at http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation. Passing Praxis I scores, subscription to Tk20, and two recommendation forms are necessary to complete the declaration process.

Tk20 Subscription:

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system.  The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management.  The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program.  For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs.  The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation website:http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation

Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM's Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit's data management system (i.e. Tk20).

Students who fail to meet any of the academic or professional requirements of this track of the major must withdraw from this track, though they may still complete all requirements for the B.A. in History without certification.