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 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

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
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
Communist Revolution in China
Selected Content (if topic is Non Western History)
Research Seminar (if topic is Non-Western History)
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 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
Selected Content
Greek Civilization
Roman Civilization
History Study Abroad
200-300 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
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
Selected Content
Greek Civilization
Roman Civilization
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
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
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
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
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) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
Pre-Professional Core
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
FCST 214Child Development I3
FCST 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 13-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Genetics
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Nutrition
Mathematics Requirement
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
Elementary Ed Professional Sequence
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 418Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities3
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Clinical Sequence/Student Teaching
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 422Integrating Elementary Curriculum and Assessment for Equity and Diversity3
ECEL 410Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms2
ECEL 414Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms9
Total Credits63-64
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