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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History — Elementary, BAE

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Department of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

45 Credits

Introduction/What is the Study of History-Elementary?

The History-Elementary major is designed for students who plan to become elementary school teachers. In their history courses, History-Elementary majors learn how to locate and access a wide range of sources, to analyze historical evidence, including textual and visual sources, to evaluate historical interpretations, and to develop and support their own interpretations. The quantity of writing and discussion required in history courses also helps students to develop effective communication skills.

This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. See the Elementary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Why Consider a History-Elementary Major? 

If you want to teach in an elementary school and are interested in history, you should consider the History-Elementary major.

 Contact Information

Major Information and History Department Chair
Kevin Leonard
Bond Hall 360

Office Assistant
Willie Smith
Bond Hall 364


Elementary Education
Professional Program Information
Miller Hall 300

Teacher Education Admissions
Miller Hall 150


Elementary Education Professional Program Advisor and Program Manager
Ellen Kreider
Miller Hall 301D

 Sample Careers

Elementary Teacher

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

It is recommended that students contact a faculty advisor the department as soon as they wish to declare a major in History-Elementary.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for courses in the elementary education professional program and all courses required for the endorsement.

A minimum grade point average in history courses of 2.50 is required for graduation. At least 15 of the credits must be in upper-division courses. No course with a grade of less than C (2.0) may be counted in this major.


  • ❑ Two courses in United States history

  • ❑ Two courses in European history

  • ❑ Two courses from one of the following areas: East and South Asia; or Africa and Middle East; or Western Hemisphere (outside U.S.)

  • ❑ Electives under advisement

Additional Requirements

Elementary Education Professional Program Requirements (103-104 credits)

Department of Elementary Education, Woodring College of Education


Students seeking a bachelor’s degree with teacher certification and an endorsement in elementary education must complete the GURs, an approved academic major, and the professional education course work listed below.

Admission and Declaration Process

Admission Requirements 

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in the elementary education professional program and in all courses required for the endorsement.

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