Getting Started: Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)
Your goal as a first-year freshman is to progress through your General Education requirements, which total 44 s.h. Please make sure to carefully plan each semester with your advisor(s). Ideally, you want to satisfy Gen Ed requirements as soon as possible before moving on to advanced History, Social Studies, and Education courses.
GEN ED THEMES & DESIGNATORS
Integrative Learnig Experience Designators (4): Fine Arts-FA, Historical Studies-HS, Literary Studies-LS, and Social Sciences-SS.
Gen Ed Themes. We recommend the following themes for our majors: Las Americas (World History/Western Hemisphere focus), Revolutions: Social and Political (World History focus), American Cultures: Past and Present (U.S. History/Western Hemisphere focus), How We Know What We Know About the Past: Method, Evidence, Knowledge (Historical & Social Science Skills focus), and Appalachian Mountains: Community, Culture, and Land (U.S. and N.C. History focus - which can be helpful for teaching middle grades social studies). [Please note: History (HIS) courses at the 1000-level are helpful and provide background content knowledge, but they do not count towards your History major. ]
For a list of Gen Ed 2.0 courses (and aligned themes), see course descriptions
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Getting Started: Transfers & Licensure-Only
Transfer students who arrive to App State with an Associate's degree will have already fulfilled Gen Ed requirements; the main priority is to enroll in the first Education courses that are open to all students, and do not require formal acceptance to RCOE, as well as begin fulfilling History and Social Studies course requirements (particularly HIS 2800). Transfer students who do not hold an Associate's degree may have to take Gen Ed courses. Regardless of status, advisors will help transfer students with a transcript evaluation. Please note that any History classes (up to four) taken at the 2000-level at another institution can count towards the major.
For those who already hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree, and are seeking 9-12 licensure by completing specific parts of the History/Social Studies Education program of study, you will undergo a transcript evaluation first. Afterwards, a contract will be developed in conjunction with the Licensure Specialist in RCOE and the HEP office in the History Dept. This contract outlines your specific plan of study towards licensure.
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History Major Requirements/Social Studies Courses
All history majors fulfill the same requirements (36 s.h.) and are assessed in the same way by the department. The only differences in the four History tracks (BA History, BS Public History, BS Multidisciplinary, and BS History, Social Studies Education) are the requirements specific to the program. For the History/Social Studies Education program of study, the requirements include courses in the College of Education, edTPA assessment for student teaching, and coursework across several departments for the Social Studies concentration and 9-12 licensure.
As part of the social studies concentration, History/Social Studies Education majors take two required history courses: HIS 3626 - Introduction to Secondary History Education and HIS 3525- World Economic History. Majors can also take additional HEP-designed courses as history electives. These courses address how to teach history through digital tools/new media, controversial topics, and the history of American education. [Note: All history majors are limited to five (5) 2000-level courses toward the history major]
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Teacher Education Program (RCOE) Information
History/Social Studies Education majors will need to apply for admission to the Teacher Education program in the Reich College of Education (RCOE). Admission is required in order to take advanced Education courses such as SPE 3300, CI 3400, CI 3100, and student teaching (CI 4900).
Tip! The following education courses may be taken before application and formal admission to RCOE’s Teacher Education program: CI 2300, FDN 2400, and PSY 3010.
All History/Social Studies Education majors graduate with the College of Arts & Sciences, not the College of Education. However, admission to the Teacher Education program is a requirement for any student seeking a 9-12 licensure. More details on the application process to RCOE are located on their webpage. If you have questions, or issues with the application process, contact Donna Bly, Program Associate & Advisor for HEP (Office 214G, Anne Belk) or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the requirements for admission to RCOE's Teacher Education Program, student teaching information, or James Center support for PRAXIS 1 (Core) and other educational tests and processes, click on the links in this section.
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Student Teaching (Clinical Interns)
The final semester of this program centers on CI 4900 – Student Teaching. It is 12 s.h. and the only course our majors register for in their final semester. Majors should have completed all other courses in the History/Social Studies Education program of study, or, if graduating in the spring, will complete their final 3-6 s.h. during summer sessions.
Majors will meet with the HEP Director and Program Associate for a series of mandatory orientation meetings ahead of the registration window (mid-October, mid-March), and a week before History Ed majors begin student teaching (mid-August, early January). At this meeting, clinical interns (student teachers) meet with their assigned History Dept. Academic Consultant. A final Exit Meeting takes place halfway through student teaching, right before Career Day Fair at the Convocation Center, where all education-related majors meet with school system representatives in a Job Fair setting.
Clinical Interns will receive their placements by email from the Office of Field Experience. For more information, go to the Student Teaching page on the RCOE website. All clinical interns will be assessed via edTPA. RCOE will conduct orientation sessions, but HEP and History Dept. faculty and staff will also lead the edTPA 9-12 History/Social Studies Education-specific sessions on those days.
IMPORTANT: All History Ed student teachers will need to bookmark the Resources page on our website. This page has all the necessary History Dept. student teaching templates, resources, and information you will need. TIP! Bookmark the resources page before student teaching. You will find suggestions on how to contact your cooperating teacher for the first time, how to use the time between semesters to prepare yourself to learn content and teaching strategies, and more.
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Graduate Program: M.A. in History (Teaching Concentration)
The Department of History offers a program track in the Master of Arts (M.A.) in History focused on teaching. Students currently enrolled in the undergraduate B.S. in History/Social Studies Education may be eligible to apply for the Accelerated Admissions route, sometimes referred to as a "4+1 program" because participants can graduate in five (5) years with an M.A. degree. Current 9-12 social teachers, and recent graduates of the B.S. in History/Social Studies Education program, may want to consider either a part-time or full-time route, the latter typically lasting two (2) years. Each semester, the Department of History offers graduate courses that meet in person, but with online video conference capabilities for distance students.
For more information, and specific requirements, visit our graduate program page at: history.appstate.edu/academics/graduate-programs
For more information, and specific requirements, for the M.A. in History (Teaching), visit: history.appstate.edu/academics/graduate-programs/ma-history-teaching.