History & Social Studies 7-12, Educator Preparation Program

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For further information: HistoryGrad@southernct.edu

Application Deadline

Students must apply for the history program by April 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

Certification Only

This program is designed to provide secondary teacher certification to those already holding a master's degree in history, education, or a related social science field. Applicants must meet admission criteria for the M.S. degree with certification. Students must complete all course work required for state teacher certification in History and Social Science as listed above. In addition, students must complete 6 credits of graduate level history course work at SCSU prior to student teaching.

All history courses are open to all graduate students with at least 18 credits (a minor) in undergraduate history courses. Note other prerequisites listed below.

Admission Procedures

All applicants must complete the Office of Graduate Admissions application. In addition, they must submit two letters of recommendation using the School of Education recommendation form, and a 500-word statement of purpose. Applicants to the teacher certification program must complete the additional School of Education's admission application and submit it along with all materials to the following address:

Southern Connecticut State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Application Processing Center
PO Box 8057
Portsmouth, NH 03802

Refer to the section entitled "Admission to Teacher Certification Programs" in the catalog under "Application and Admissions" for additional information.

Candidates must complete the Office of Graduate Admissions application and send the additional material by April 1 for the fall semester and by October 1 for the spring semester. Prospective students may, however, register as part-time non-matriculated students in graduate courses. Non-matriculated students may earn no more than nine credits towards a degree program.

A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 with at least 18 credits of history is required for admission. Also applicants must take Praxis® Core or the appropriate waiver and pass Praxis® II: Social Science Content with a score of 162.

When the Office of Graduate Admissions notifies applicants that their file is complete, they must contact the History Graduate Coordinator to write a planned program of study. No applicant with a complete file is matriculated without a planned program of study approved by the Dean or Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and an acceptance letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Interested applicants who do not meet school or departmental requirements should consult with the History Graduate Coordinator before taking courses as a non-matriculated student.


Program Sequence-30 or 36 credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

Certification Courses
HIS 494 – Secondary School Student Teaching – 8 credits 
HIS 496 – Student Teaching Seminar – 3 credits
HIS 490 – Social Science (Secondary School) – 3 credits
PSY 370 – Educational Psychology – 3 credits
SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in Secondary Schools – 3 credits
SHE 203 – School Health ­– 3 credits
HIS 110/112 – United States History – 3 credits
IDS 470/471 – Literacy and Eng. Lang. Learners – 3 credits
EDF 520 – Child in American Culture – 3 credits

Other Requirements/Conditions

An additional 6 credits of graduate level history  coursework is required if the applicant's advanced degree was not granted from the discipline of history.