This degree is primarily designed for public school teaching positions. Fortunately, it opens up opportunities for various related careers in which content knowledge and pedagogy are useful. A teaching degree is often recommended to students interested in history because it will increase your marketability once you are out of college.
The history curriculum encompasses a wide range of areas: European, American, world, non-western and special topics such as environmental and women’s history. The History Education degree is foundational for those who might want to go on to graduate school or advance to other positions in related fields such as government, travel, business, research, media or publishing. We work with each student to create a program of study that prepares them for their career as well as meeting their study interests. We also provide activities and opportunities for students to present papers at professional conferences and to gain hands-on experience in history.
As a History Education major you are placed into schools for a series of field experiences including Introduction to Education (40 hours); Practicum (80 hours); Culturally Diverse Practicum (25 hours involving 3 consecutive full days in a classroom), and a twelve-week student teaching field experience completed in a location that works well for the student and university. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned regarding their classroom preparation and field experience opportunities.
TEACHER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
You are typically admitted into Teacher Education during your sophomore year or beginning of your junior year of college. Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/undergrad_ed/