Bachelor of Science in History, Social Studies Education

Amanda Pratt (Spring 2008) with
her students at Avery High School

License to Teach ALL Secondary Social Studies

The History, Social Studies Education degree yields license to teach ALL Social Studies at the high school level, not just History. The degree is called “History” because it is housed in the History Department. However, the degree includes study in all fields of Social Studies, and graduates are licensed to teach all Social Studies subjects at the high school level.

Program Curriculum

The History, Social Studies Education degree is regularly revised to closely match what real secondary Social Studies teachers teach. There are four Social Studies courses required for high school graduation: World History, American History I, American History II, and Civics and Economics. Since the majority of high school Social Studies teachers teach those courses for all of their careers, heavy priority is placed on preparing majors to teach those subjects. The degree also includes required electives in other social science fields that occasionally appear as electives in high school curriculums.

Program Faculty and Staff

Dr. Myra Pennell
Program Director
Office 1090, Anne Belk Hall
Dr. Amy Rutenberg
Program Faculty
Office 1064, Anne Belk Hall
Ms. Donna Bly
History Education Coordinator
 Office 1091, Anne Belk Hall

History Department Recommendations for General Education

In addition to meeting General Education requirements, some of the themes provide excellent preparation for students who want to be secondary Social Studies teachers. The History Department highly recommends the following themes and courses for our majors:

Aesthetic Perspective, Traditions and Innovations

  • HIS 1110 (HS)
  • ART 2130 (FA)
  • ENG 2050 (LS)

Historical and Social Perspective, This American Life

  • HIS 1200 (HS)
  • ECO 2030 (required in the major)
  • PS 1100 (required in the major)

Local to Global Perspective, Regions in Global Context

  • HIS 1130 (HS)
  • GHY 1020 (can count as a required Social Studies elective in the major)

Double-counting in the Major

NOTE: 1000-level History courses (HIS prefix) count only toward General Education requirements. They do not count toward any History major.

1. Majors may double-count 6 semester hours of 2000-level or 3000-level history (HIS prefix) courses taken in General Education toward the major.

Possible courses to double-count toward upper-level history credits in the major

Historical & SocialAncient WorldsHIS 2312
Historical & SocialAppalachiaHIS 3726
Historical & SocialCapitalism and Its CriticsHIS 3524
Historical & SocialMindHIS 3923

2. In addition, the following required Social Studies courses may be taken in General Education and double-counted in the major.

Required Social Studies Courses

Historical & SocialThis Amer Life, Cap & Its CriticsECO 2030
Historical & SocialThis American LifePS 1100

The requirement for 6 sh of Social Studies Electives

Historical & SocialIndividual & SocietySOC 1000
Historical & SocialIndividual & Society, MindPSY 1200
Local to GlobalGlob Res, Reg in Glob ContextGHY 1020

3. While 1000-level history (HIS) courses do not count toward the major, the following World and American history courses are excellent preparation for students who want to become high school Social Studies teachers. Majors should note that both American and World History are required courses at the high school level, and the great majority of secondary Social Studies teachers end up teaching those courses for most of their careers.

American and World History at the 1000 level

AestheticTraditions and InnovationsHIS 1110
Historical & SocialCultural DiversityHIS 1120
Historical & SocialRevolutions & Soc ChgHIS 1501
Historical & SocialThis American LifeHIS 1200
Local to GlobalEmpire, Col., & GlobalizationHIS 1400
Local to GlobalOrigins & MigrationsHIS 1600
Local to GlobalRegions in Global ContextHIS 1130

Amanda Duncan (Spring 2008) with
her students at West Wilkes High School

Requirements for the Reich College of Education (RCOE)

History, Social Studies Education majors must apply to be co-enrolled in the Reich College of Education so they can take their education courses and complete student teaching.

Note, however, that the degree (BS in History, Social Studies Education with a secondary Social Studies teaching license) is granted by the College of Arts & Sciences, where the History Department is located.

The Teacher Education Admission Application is here.

NOTE: Your Teacher Education Admission Application has a place for the “Advisor/Coordinator” signature. That signature must come from one of the people below:

Special Notes on RCOE Regulations

  • The only education courses that may be taken before being formally admitted to RCOE are CI 2300, FDN 2400, and PSY 3010.
  • Students must be admitted to RCOE one FULL semester (not counting summers) before student teaching.  Application deadlines appear at the top fo the application form.
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all education courses including: CI 2300, FDN 2400, PSY 3010, SPE 3300, CI 3400, and CI 3100.
  • All education courses must be completed prior to student teaching.

Requirements for Admission to RCOE

Students must have:

1. Completed at least 45 semester hours.

2. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above (the 2.50 GPA must be maintained through graduation).

3. Passing scores on PRAXIS I: Core Academic Skills for Educators. 

Test NameTest NumberRequired Score
PRAXIS I: Core Academic Skills
for Educators - Reading
PRAXIS I: Core Academic Skills
for Educators - Writing
PRAXIS I: Core Academic Skills
for Educators - Mathematics
Or a combined score of 468

Register for the tests online at the Educational Testing Services website (

Click here for study aids for PRAXIS I.

SAT or ACT scores may be substituted for PRAXIS I as defined in the following table:

If you haveYou are exempt from
SAT Scores
Total score of 1100 (Verbal plus Math)PRAXIS I (all)
Less than 1100 total with 550 or over on Verbal SectionPRAXIS I: Reading and Writing
Less than 1100 total with 550 or over on Math SectionPRAXIS I: Math
ACT Scores
Total score of 24PRAXIS I (all)
Less than 24 total or over on English SectionPRAXIS I: Reading and Writing
Less than 24 total with 24 or over on Math SectionPRAXIS I: Math

4. Completed CI 2300 and FDN 2400 with a “C” or above. PSY 3010 also may be taken (but is not required) prior to admission to RCOE.

5. Completed the Candidate for Professional Licensure form (automatically completed in CI 2300).

6. Completed the Reading, English, and Speech Proficiencies.

  • Reading – Automatically met by PRAXIS I: Reading exam (or substitute exam) plus obtaining 45 sh with overall GPA of 2.50.
  • English – Automatically met by PRAXIS I: Writing exam (or substitute exam) plus a grade of C or higher in ENG 1000.
  • Speech – Requires a screening test.  Schedule an appointment at the Communication Disorders Clinic (University Hall, Room 120, 262-2185). The actual screening is performed in Edwin Duncan, Room 114.

7. Completed Criminal Background Check within the past six months.

8. Have no grades of “I” (incomplete).

Student Teaching Application

  • As soon as you decide to become an education major, complete your Student Teaching Application.  This can be done before you are admitted to RCOE.
  • Be careful to meet the very early application deadlines.  To student teach in fall semester, the application deadline is November 1 of the preceding fall semester.  To student teach in spring semester, the application deadline is April 1 of the preceding spring semester. These deadlines are stricly enforced.
  • Login here to complete the application form online in the TK-20 system.  Select the Applications tab at the top.  Click on the Student Teaching Application form and follow directions to complete and upload your application in TK-20.
  • Be advised that your RCOE supervisor and cooperating teacher will read your application when you are being placed for student teaching.

Mark Loring, Spring 2010,
with his students at East Wilkes High School

Student Teaching Placements

Go to this link for information on when and how student teaching placement is done.


See the attached document for updated information on PRAXIS II exams.

Tim Joyner (Spring 2010) with his students at North Mecklenberg High School.

*Tim Joyner (Spring 2010) with his students at
North Mecklenberg High School.










Notes About the Major

Checksheet for BS in History, Secondary Education

  • Certain skills are taught at different levels of history courses. One 3 s.h. 2000-level course must be taken before any 3000-level course may be taken, and one 3000-level course must be taken before any 4000-level course may be taken.
  • History courses at the 1000-level do not count toward the major.
  • No more than 15 semester hours may be taken at the 2000-level.
  • For schedule planning, students should know that some courses in the major (Both Issues in Teaching courses, and CI 3100) are never offered in summer school.

Registration Schedule and Information


  • Up to 6 s.h. of history (HIS) courses at the 2000-level or 3000-level may be double-counted from General Education. Note: No 1000-level HIS courses count toward the major.
  • Also, some of the required Social Studies courses are offered in General Education and may be double-counted toward the major.
  • See charts under Department Recommendations for General Education.

History (36 s.h.)

  • HIS 2201: Survey of American Civilization to 1876
  • HIS 2204: Survey of American Civilization Since 1876
  • HIS 2800: Writing History
  • At least 6 semester hours of European history. See the geographic designations for history courses at this link.
  • At least 6 semester hours of history in Asia, Africa, Latin America, or the Middle East.
  • 12 semester hours of history courses at the 2000 or 3000 level in any geographic area (history electives)
  • HIS 4100: Senior Seminar (minimum grade of “C” required)

Social Studies (18 s.h.)

  • PS 1100: American National Government & Politics
  • PS 2130: State and Local Government
  • ECO 2030: Principles of Economics: Price Theory
  • ECO 2040: Principles of Economics: Macro

6 semester hours from the following

  • GHY 1020: World Regional Geography
  • PSY 1200: Psychology: Historical, Social, and Scientific Foundations
  • SOC 1000: The Sociological Perspective

Major Related Education Courses (3 s.h.)

  • CI 3100: Teaching HS Social Studies

History Courses Especially for the Major

There are two courses created especially to prepare majors to teach the history courses required at the high school level. Students may take both courses.

  • HIS 3626: Issues in Teaching U. S. History (counts as an American history)
  • HIS 3628: Issues in Teaching World History (counts as American, European, or non-western).

The Issues in Teaching History courses are not required but are highly encouraged.

Methods Course and Internship

  • CI 3100: Teaching High School Social Studies is the methods course for this major.
  • CI 3100 must be taken in the last semester of course work prior to student teaching.
  • CI 3100 includes the 45-hour internship for this major.  Register for CI 3100 and its internship at the same time.

 Ms. Donna Bly, History Education Coordinator

Advising In the Major

Donna Bly (office #1091, does all of the advising for this major.  Each semester she notifies majors by email when it is time to start scheduling advising appointments in preparation for registration.

Also, majors may contact her at any time they have advising questions.

Your Program Director

Dr. Myra Pennell ( is the director of the History, Social Studies Education program. The following are times when majors work with her:

  • When you declare your major, come by Dr. Pennell’s office (1090, Anne Belk Hall) and introduce yourself.
  • Dr. Myra Pennell (or Donna Bly) must sign your Teacher Education Admission application.
  • Contact Dr. Myra Pennell any time you have questions or problems, and you do not know what to do. She can help you or get you to the right person.
  • Majors roll to Dr. Pennell for advising and student teacher clearance/orientation in their last semester of course work.
  • Dr. Pennell and Dr. Amy Rutenberg are the academic supervisors for student teachers in this major.

Senior Check

The Senior Check is a formal transcript audit performed by the Dean’s Office, College of Arts & Sciences, which lists everything the student lacks for graduation. Since their diploma comes from this same office, the Senior Check is extremely important information for students nearing graduation. The check is performed when students have 85 earned hours, and a copy is sent to the student as an attachment to an e-mail entitled “Senior Check.” The History Department also receives a copy for the student file. Students should carefully examine the check and contact the Arts & Sciences advisors below in the Dean’s Office (Room 100, IG Greer Bldg.) with any questions. Also, Dr. Pennell and Donna Bly can help with Senior Check problems.

Victoria Carlberg ( is the advisor for students with the last names A - B

Bethanie Campbell ( is the advisor for students with last names C - I

Tina Behsears  ( is the advisor for students with last names J - O

Diana Nelson ( is the advisor for students with last names P - Z


  • Students must earn a minimum of 122 s.h. to graduate.
  • Transfer students must earn at least 50 s.h. at a 4-year institution.
  • Students should have WRITTEN permission for any changes/exceptions to the program of study (course substitutions, etc.). A copy of that permission should be placed in the student file in the History Department. Another copy of the permission should be sent to the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, (Room 100, IG Greer Bldg.) to be placed in the student file in that office. Send the Dean’s Office copies to the Arts & Sciences advisors below. 

Victoria Carlberg ( is the advisor for students with the last name A - B

Bethanie Campbell ( is the advisor for students with last names C - I

Tina Beshears ( is the advisor for students with last names J - O

Diana Nelson ( is the advisor for students with last names P - Z