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Certificate in History For Teachers

Djene Bajalan, Graduate Director
Strong Hall, Room 442; Phone 417-836-5913

Sarah Panzer, Co-Graduate Director
Strong Hall, Room 429; Phone 417-836-5099

Program description

The Department of History offers a 15-hour Graduate Certificate designed for in-service high school teachers. The certificate program will provide teachers with additional content training to assist them in furthering their career. There are three tracks designed to enhance their knowledge as U.S. or world history teachers.

Admission requirements

  1. Applicants must have three letters of recommendation.
  2. Applicants must either submit recent (within 5 years) Graduate Record Examination scores (on the general exam, the specific history subject exam not being required) or have a teaching certificate in social studies from a U.S. State or Territory. All applicants with a GPA below 3.00 on a 4.00 scale must submit recent GRE scores.
  3. Applicants must have 24 undergraduate hours in history (or equivalent). A graduate student may make up a deficiency with additional courses in history, though such courses may not be counted toward the 30 semester hour total requirement for the master's degree. Admission will also depend on the quality of the previous academic record.

For full consideration, complete applications must be received by March 1 for summer or fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. Meeting the minimum standards of the Graduate College is required for admittance but does not guarantee admission. Applications received after the due date will be considered dependent on course availability.

Completion requirements

Students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 for completion of the certificate program.

Required courses

  1. HST 701 Historiography and Historical Methods
  2. 12 hours in the U.S. History Track, World History Track, or Secondary Education Track

U.S. History Track:  

  1. HST 720 American History Readings Seminar;
  2. Primary Source Seminar in U.S. History (such as HST 783, HST 784, HST 785, HST 786 or HST 787);
  3. Two 600 or 700-level courses in U.S. History.

World History track:  

  1. Two Proseminars in non-U.S. History (such as HST 740, HST 760HST 770 or HST 792) including HST 790 World History Readings Seminar;
  2. Two 600 or 700-level courses in non-U.S. History (or proseminars or HST 796 Readings Courses in non-U.S. History).

Secondary Education track:

  1. HST 702 Secondary School Curriculum for Social Studies;
  2. Proseminar (in U.S. or non-U.S. History);
  3. Graduate-level education course:  SFR 750 Philosophies in Education, PSY 705 Psychology of Adolescence, or another 600- or 700 level education course approved by the student's graduate certificate advisor;
  4. 600 or 700-level course in U.S. or non-U.S. History.