History Major

BA in History - History/Social Sciences Elementary Teacher Education

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The curriculum for this track of the history degree is designed to provide prospective K-8 teachers a strong academic foundation in History and Social Studies along with a thorough interdisciplinary education in math, science, and English language and literature. The curriculum also offers 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 as well as liberal arts courses required for initial K-8 teacher certification. Graduates are eligible for recommendation for K-8 teacher certification in Maine.

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):
  • EYE 108 Culture, Identity and Education (recommended) (3cr)
  • EDU 100 Exploring Teaching (recommended) (3 cr)
  • College Writing - ENG 100 (3 cr)
  • Cultural Interpretation - ENG 140 or 145 (3 cr)
  • Quantitative Reasoning - MAT 120 (4 cr)
  • Creative Expression (3 cr)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis - HRD 200/SBS 200: Multicultural Human Development (3 cr)
  • Science Exploration - (4 cr)
  • Ethical Inquiry - EDU 310 Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy (3 cr)
  • Diversity (3 cr)
  • International (3 cr)
  • Cluster:
    • EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (3 cr)
    • SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education (3 cr)
    • SED 520 Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support (3 cr)
 
History/Social Studies Elementary Education Pathway Requirements:
  • European History (6 credits)
    • HTY 101 and 102
    • (Students may substitute a World History survey for this requirement.)
  • United States History and Government (9 credits)
    • HTY 121, 122, 123 (choose two)
    • POS 101
  • Geography (3 credits)
    • GEO 101, 120, or 170
  • Diversity/International Requirement (6 credits)
    • POS 104, 205; ANT 220, 222; HTY 141, 142, 152, 171, 172, 181, 182 (choose two)
  • Methods (3 credits)
    • HTY 200
  • Electives (9 credits)
    Choose three from the following:
    • Any HTY 300-level courses
    • POS 261, 262, 392, 393, 463
  • Capstone (3 cr)
    • HTY 400

 

Elementary Teacher Education (K-8) Requirements

All requirements for the Elementary Teacher Education Program, including academic requirements, education courses, content requirements, the professional internship year, and declaration and candidacy can be found here: 

https://cms.usm.maine.edu/teacher-education/elementary-teacher-education

 

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 BA in History (without recommendation for teacher certification).