History Major

Supplemental content for Certificate of Graduate Study in Teaching History

Admission Information

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Teaching History (18 credits) is designed to accommodate educators, and other holders of master’s or baccalaureate degrees who wish to obtain knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for designing history curriculum and assessments. It is also designed to afford teachers the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of history in areas understudied at the graduate level or not previously studied at the undergraduate level. Students who participate in the program will have exposure to theory, research, and practice related to the professoriate and to teaching and learning in the discipline of history. Students who complete program requirements receive official transcript recognition of their work and a certificate from the University of Southern Maine. They will also meet NACEP (National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships) standards in order to teach college-level history survey courses.

The Graduate Certificate is designed to achieve a range of student learning outcomes. Outcomes for individuals who complete the Certificate include the following:

  • Students will be able to analyze primary and secondary sources, and place them in historical context, to facilitate the development of lesson plans and other activities related to teaching.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking through interpretation and synthesis of primary and secondary sources, so that they might facilitate the development of lesson plans and other activities related to teaching.
  • Students will be able to produce a final project that demonstrates learning through reflective analysis of completed course projects and through specific examples of curriculum development appropriate to high school education.
  • Students will develop greater mastery of scholarship than that of the average undergraduate.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Teaching History is an 18-credit hour program. Students must receive a B or better in all courses that count toward the certificate.

Applicant Qualifications

BA or MA degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline: August 1 for Fall semester, December 15 for Spring semester, April 15 for Summer semester.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials: 

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
  • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay: One page Cover letter describing your interests in history and why you wish to earn a Graduate Certificate in the field.
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo. Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.
  • Students that hold a bachelor's degree outside of the humanities and do not hold a master's degree may be required to provide an academic-style writing sample of approximately 5 pages in length.

Where to send transcripts and application materials 

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.
USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English: scores of 105 or higher. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction

Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (admitusm@maine.edu).

International Applicants

The Certificate of Graduate Study programs are not eligible for a student visa (I-20) or scholarships. International students interested in enrolling in graduate programs that are eligible for a student visa should explore the master's and doctoral programs offered at the University.