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.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements18
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements36
Teacher Education Program Requirements60
Free Electives3-0
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Introductory Sequence
HIST 100The Study of History3
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
HIST 118History of the United States Since 18763
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
HIST 141Introduction to World History Since 15003
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
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
Complete one 200-level course from the list below.3
Complete two 300-level courses from the list below.6
Research Sequence
HIST 400Capstone in History3
Complete two 400-level research sequence electives from the list below.6
Total Credits36

Elective Sequence

200 Level Electives
HIST 201The Crusades3
HIST 203History of the United States Civil War3
HIST 205Race and Ethnicity in United States History3
HIST 212Social History of the United States3
HIST 213Economic History of the United States3
HIST 214History of United States Foreign Relations3
HIST 215U.S. Women’s History3
HIST 216Italian America Past and Present3
HIST 217African American History3
HIST 218Political History of the United States3
HIST 223Communist Revolution in China3
HIST 241History of Public Health in the United States3
HIST 245Science Technology and Society3
HIST 250Special Topics in History3
HIST 260Screening the Past: Exploring History through Film3
HIST 270Introduction to Digital History3
HIST 290Historical Thinking and Communication3
HIST 299History Study Abroad1-3
300 Level Electives
HIST 300Research Seminar3
HIST 309Feminist Ideas in Western Thought3
HIST 311Early History of New Jersey 1702-893
HIST 312Historical Geography of the United States3
HIST 313Biography in American History3
HIST 314Women and Migration3
HIST 320American Urban History Since 18803
HIST 321History of American Workers Since 18603
HIST 322Medieval European Civilization 450-13503
HIST 323History of Russia to 19173
HIST 324Russia Since 19173
HIST 333History of Brazil3
HIST 339Seminar in Latin American History3
Research Sequence Electives
HIST 401Kingdoms in the Sun:Sicily and Southern Italy in Antiquity and the Middle Ages3
HIST 406History of Capitalism in the United States3
HIST 407U.S. Immigration History3
HIST 408Independent Study European History3
HIST 409Independent Study Non-Western History3
HIST 410Independent Study in American History3
HIST 411Cultural and Intellectual History of the United States Since 18803
HIST 413The Philosophy of History3
HIST 415European Social History3
HIST 419Age of Renaissance, 1350-15173
HIST 420The Reformation Era, 1500-16503
HIST 426The Nazi Third Reich3
HIST 427The Holocaust, 1939-19453
HIST 430Revolutions in Latin American History3
HIST 432Development of Japanese Character and Culture3
HIST 433American Colonial History 1607-17633
HIST 434American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-18283
HIST 435The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-18773
HIST 436The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-19203
HIST 437The Rise and Decline of the New Deal Order: United States Politics and Society, 1920·19803
HIST 438America in the Sixties: The Crisis of Consensus Liberalism3
HIST 443Internship in History3
HIST 461Capstone in Public History3
HIST 466Historical Geographic Information Systems and Mapping3
HIST 499Special Topics in History1-3

Teacher Education Program Requirements (K-6) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
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 Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits60

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature
The Study of History (Fulfilled in the major.)
3. Communication
Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement (Fulfilled in Teacher Education sequence.)
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
Philosophical Orientation to Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Mathematics in Elementary Schools I (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course that also fulfills the Teacher Education Health/Hygiene requirement.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History
Historical Foundations of American Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
2. Global Cultural Perspectives
Fulfilled in the major.
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
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
Introduction to World History Since 1500
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to Psychology (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
Total Credits18

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Fulfilled in the major.
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
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
Introduction to World History Since 1500
Total Credits3-6
 

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION (A) New Student Seminar: GNED 199 1
GENERAL EDUCATION (C1) Writing: WRIT 105 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (C3) Communication: CMST 101 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives: HIST 108, HIST 112, HIST 114, HIST 116, HIST 129, HIST 131, HIST 132, HIST 133, HIST 138, or HIST 141 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (C2) Literature: HIST 100 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History: EDFD 221 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives: PSYC 101 3
HIST 117 History of the United States to 1876 3
HIST 103
Foundations of Western Civilization
or Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
or Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (L) Interdisciplinary Studies: ECEL 200 3
World Language I 3
FSHD 214 Child Development I 3
HIST 118 History of the United States Since 1876 3
HIST 141 Introduction to World History Since 1500 3
 Credits18
Spring
Apply to the Teacher Education Program.  
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives: EDFD 220 3
World Language II 3
FSHD 314 Child Development II: Adolescence 3
200 Level Major Elective 3
300 Level Major Elective 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (H) Mathematics: MTHM 201 3
ECEL 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education 3
READ 399 Early Literacy Development and Instruction 3
ECEL 408 Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms 3
300 Level Major Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
ECSE 339 Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 3
MTHM 302 Mathematics in Elementary Schools II 3
READ 408 Literacy in the Elementary Grades 3
400 Level Major Elective 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
ECEL 410 Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 2
ECEL 412 Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 1
ECEL 427 Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms 3
HIST 400 Capstone in History 3
400 Level Research Sequence Elective 3
 Credits13
Spring
ECEL 414 Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 9
ECEL 421 Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 3
No other coursework permitted.  
 Credits12
 Total Credits120