History Major with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue K-6 teacher certification in Elementary Education must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.  Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures.  Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA; however more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Major Requirements 

Introductory Sequence
Writing Requirement
HIST 100The Study of History3
American History Required Course
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
or HIST 118 History of the United States Since 1876
European History Required Course
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Western Civilization
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
Non Western History Required Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
Elective Sequence
Select the 4 requirements from the list (see below)12
Research Sequence
Seminar
HIST 400Senior Seminar in History3
Research Sequence Electives
Select requirements from the list (see below)9
Total Credits36

Elective Sequence

Non-Western Elective
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
Communist Revolution in China
Selected Content (only if section addresses a Non-Western subject)
Screening the Past: Exploring History through Film (only if section addresses a Non-Western subject)
Research Seminar (only if section addresses a Non-Western subject)
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Seminar in Latin American History
200 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
The Crusades
History of the United States Civil War
The Second World War
Minorities in American History
Social History of the United States
Economic History of the United States
Diplomatic History of the United States
Women in American History
Italian American History and Culture
History of Black Americans
Political History of the United States
Sport in History
Europe's Conquest of the Americas, 1415-1763
Economic History of Europe
Communist Revolution in China
New Jersey: Past and Present
History of Public Health in the United States
Science Technology and Society
Selected Content
Screening the Past: Exploring History through Film
Digital History: Practical Tech Skills for Past Societies and Today’s Professionals
Greek Civilization
Roman Civilization
Teaching Historical Thinking: A Seminar for Aspiring History Educators
History Study Abroad
200-300 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
The Crusades
History of the United States Civil War
The Second World War
Minorities in American History
Social History of the United States
Economic History of the United States
Diplomatic History of the United States
Women in American History
Italian American History and Culture
History of Black Americans
Political History of the United States
Sport in History
Europe's Conquest of the Americas, 1415-1763
Economic History of Europe
Communist Revolution in China
New Jersey: Past and Present
History of Public Health in the United States
Science Technology and Society
Selected Content
Screening the Past: Exploring History through Film
Digital History: Practical Tech Skills for Past Societies and Today’s Professionals
Greek Civilization
Roman Civilization
Teaching Historical Thinking: A Seminar for Aspiring History Educators
History Study Abroad
Research Seminar
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Immigrant in American History
Early History of New Jersey 1702-89
Historical Geography of the United States
Biography in American History
Women and Migration
War in History
American Urban History to 1880
American Urban History Since 1880
History of the American Worker Since 1877
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Modern German History
History of France Since 1789
Conflict in Modern Ireland
History of England to 1714
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of England 1714-1914
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Seminar in Latin American History
Historical Geographic Information Systems and Mapping
300 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
Research Seminar
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Immigrant in American History
Early History of New Jersey 1702-89
Historical Geography of the United States
Biography in American History
Women and Migration
War in History
American Urban History to 1880
American Urban History Since 1880
History of the American Worker Since 1877
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Modern German History
History of France Since 1789
Conflict in Modern Ireland
History of England to 1714
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of England 1714-1914
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Seminar in Latin American History
Historical Geographic Information Systems and Mapping
Total Credits12

Research Sequence Electives

300-400 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
Research Seminar
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Immigrant in American History
Early History of New Jersey 1702-89
Historical Geography of the United States
Biography in American History
Women and Migration
War in History
American Urban History to 1880
American Urban History Since 1880
History of the American Worker Since 1877
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Modern German History
History of France Since 1789
Conflict in Modern Ireland
History of England to 1714
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of England 1714-1914
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Seminar in Latin American History
Historical Geographic Information Systems and Mapping
Kingdoms in the Sun:Sicily and Southern Italy in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
History of American Business
Independent Study European History
Independent Study Non-Western History
Independent Study in American History
Intellectual History of the United States
The Philosophy of History
European Social History
Church and State in Latin America
Age of Renaissance, 1350-1517
The Reformation Era, 1500-1650
Studies in Enlightenment History
Diplomatic History of Europe
The Nazi Third Reich
The Holocaust, 1939-1945
Revolutions in Latin American History
Development of Indian Character and Culture
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
American Colonial History 1607-1763
American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-1828
The Union in Crisis 1820-1877
America in the Gilded Age
American Society in the 20th Century
America in the Sixties: The Crisis of Consensus Liberalism
Internship in History
Public History
Selected Topics
400 Level Electives
Select two of the following:6
Kingdoms in the Sun:Sicily and Southern Italy in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
History of American Business
Independent Study European History
Independent Study Non-Western History
Independent Study in American History
Intellectual History of the United States
The Philosophy of History
European Social History
Church and State in Latin America
Age of Renaissance, 1350-1517
The Reformation Era, 1500-1650
Studies in Enlightenment History
Diplomatic History of Europe
The Nazi Third Reich
The Holocaust, 1939-1945
Revolutions in Latin American History
Development of Indian Character and Culture
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
American Colonial History 1607-1763
American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-1828
The Union in Crisis 1820-1877
America in the Gilded Age
American Society in the 20th Century
America in the Sixties: The Crisis of Consensus Liberalism
Internship in History
Selected Topics
Total Credits9

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (K-6) 

Required Course Work
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 13
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology 13
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy 13
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education 13
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or complete a course from the list below.3-4
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Second Semester Junior Year
ECSE 339Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECEL 410Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits63-64

Physiology/Hygiene Course

BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
BIOL 107Biology for Survival3
BIOL 110The Biology of Human Life4
BIOL 215Human Heredity3
BIOL 240Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 241Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 243Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 380Genetics4
HLTH 101Personal Health Issues3
HLTH 207Injury Prevention and Emergency Care3
HLTH 208Study of Human Diseases3
HLTH 213Perspectives on Drugs3
HLTH 220Mental Health3
HLTH 290Human Sexuality3
HLTH 330Health Education Methods3
HLTH 411School Health and Community Services3
HLTH 430Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals3
HONP 210Honors Seminar in Science4
HONP 211Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science3
HPEM 150Principles and Practice of Emergency Care3
NUFD 182Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective3