History Major

BA in History - History/Social Sciences Teacher Education K-8 Certification Track

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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 120 (3 cr)
  • Quantitative Reasoning- MAT 120 (4 cr)
  • Creative Expression (3 cr)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis- HRD/SBS 200: Multicultural Human Development (3 cr)
  • Science Exploration- (4 cr)
  • Ethical Inquiry- 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)
Liberal Arts Certification Requirements:

(Note: Through the Core Curriculum and the major, students meet the minimum English and Social Studies credits required for State certification at the elementary level.)

  • English-Through the Core Curriculum, students meet the minimum credits required for State certification at the elementary level. (6 cr) ENG 305 is also recommended.
  • Mathematics-MAT 131: Number Systems for Elementary Teachers and MAT 231: Algebra for Elementary Teachers or MAT 232: Geometry for Elementary Teachers (6 cr)
  • Science-Students must take one lab science in addition to Science Exploration. (6 cr)
  • Social Studies-Through the major the students become highly qualified to teach middle level social studies.
History/Social Studies Major 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 or 120
  • 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 course
    • POS 261, 262, 392, 393, 463
  • Capstone (3 cr)
    • HTY 400
Professional Education Internship Year Requirements (30 cr)
  • EDU 452 Teaching Science K-8 (3 cr)
  • MME 405 Teaching Mathematics K-8 (3 cr)
  • EDU 451 Teaching Social Studies K-8 (3 cr)
  • EDU 565 Teaching Reading (3 cr)
  • EDU 566 Introduction to the Writing Process (3 cr)
  • EDU 441 Seminar in Teaching and Learning I (3 cr)
  • EDU 442 Seminar in Teaching and Learning II (3 cr)
  • EDU 324 Student Teaching (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 K-8 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.

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 $103 subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. 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 web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation

The Office of Educator Preparation at USM will consider, on a limited basis, individual requests for financial support to assist in payment of this fee for students who have challenging and extenuating financial circumstances (e.g. unexpected medical expenses; a sudden unforeseen life event that causes a dire financial burden). To apply for a subsidy, complete the application form on the Office of Educator Preparation web site under Tk20 (http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation). Submit the application to Colleen Pleau in the Office of Educator Preparation (8 Bailey Hall) or via email (cpleau@usm.maine.edu). Applications for this subsidy must be received no later than four weeks following the start of a student’s matriculation semester by Kim Warren, SEHD Director of Student Affairs.

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.