Information & Requirements for Students

Getting Started: First-Year Students (Freshmen)

Getting Started: Transfers & Licensure Only

History Major Requirements/ Social Studies Courses

Teacher Education Program (RCOE) Information

Student Teaching

Graduate Studies: MA in History (Teaching Concentration)

Click here to access the most recent History/Social Studies Program of Study


Getting Started: Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

Your goal as a first-year freshman is to start progressing 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 start satisfying Gen Ed requirements before moving on to advanced History, Social Studies, and Education courses.  Use the University Bulletin to review course descriptions for classes you are interested in registering for. In order to plan your coursework, review the Four-Year Guides produced by our program with a suggested progression of courses. Programs of Study are helpful to review program requirements and are hyperlinked with course descriptions!

For a list of Gen Ed 2.0 courses (and aligned themes), see course descriptions



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.

Suggested degree plans created by Transfer Admissions & Engagement can be accessed in the Transfer Guides.

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. More information about the licensure-only program and the free transcript evaluation that accompanies inquiries into the program can be found on the RCOE's Licensure & Certification webpage.



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 concentration. 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.

To use the University Bulletin to access the History/Social Studies program of study, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the University Bulletin website.
  2. Use the left-hand menu to select the academic year you will begin studying at Appalachian State University (or the closest year.)
  3. Use the left-hand menu on the Program of Study page to select “programs of study.” 
  4. Select the hyperlinked program of study for “History/Social Studies Education, BS.”



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.

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. Requirements to apply to the Teacher Education program can be found on the RCOE's Apply to Teacher Education webpage. 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:

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.



Student Teaching (Clinical Interns)

The final semester of this program centers on 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.



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:

For more information, and specific requirements, for the M.A. in History (Teaching), visit: