Major in History with Social Studies Certification

Major in History with Social Studies Certification (Grades 8-12)

The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Undergraduate Bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment.

  1. REQUIRED COURSES FOR HISTORY AREA (19 HOURS)

HIS 099 - Transitions (1 Hr)
Three of the following four:
HIS 201 - Modern Europe (3 Hrs)
HIS 202 - Understanding Global History (3 Hrs)
HIS 221 - American Experience Before 1865  (3 Hrs)
HIS 222 - American Experience Since 1865  (3 Hrs)
And
HIS 300 - Introduction to Historical Studies2  (3 Hrs)
HIS 361 - Teaching History  (3 Hrs)
HIS 400 -  Senior Seminar3  (3 hrs)                   

  1. REQUIRED LIMITED HISTORY ELECTIVES FOR AREA (18 HOURS)

Global History (6 Hrs)
U.S. History (3 Hrs)
European History (6 Hrs)
History Electives (6 Hrs)

  1. REQUIRED SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSES (12 HRS)

ECO 231 - Microeconomics (3 Hrs)
GSC 110 - World Geography (3 Hrs)
POL 140 - American National Government (3 Hrs)
SOC 133 - Introduction to Sociology (3 Hrs)

 

REQUIRED FOR SECONDARY CERTIFICATION (32 HOURS)

CSC 199 - Intro to Information Technology1  (3 Hrs)  Taken as University Studies
EDP 260 - Psychology of Human Development (3 Hrs)
EDU 103 - Issues & Practices of American Education1  (3 Hrs)   Taken as University Studies
EDU 403 - Structures and Foundations of Education (3 Hrs)
EDU 405 - Evaluation and Measurement in Education4  (3 Hrs)
SED 300 - Educating Students with Disabilities (3 Hrs)
SEC 420 - Practicum in Secondary Schools4   (3 Hrs)
SEC 422 - Extended Practicum5   (3 Hrs)
SEC 421 - Student Teaching in the Secondary School (3 Hrs)

 1 A grade of B or better is required for teacher certification
2 A prerequisite for 400-level courses; may be waived with permission of department chair.
3 A grade of C or better is required.
4 To be taken two semesters before student teaching. EDU 405 and SEC 420 to be taken the same semester.
5 To be taken one semester before Student Teaching semester

FOR THE REQUIREMENTS BELOW, STUDENTS SHOULD BE IN CONTACT WITH A COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ADVISOR AS THESE MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 PRAXIS TEST:

The following scores on the Specialty Exams are required to be eligible for a teaching certificate:
Social Studies (5086 or 0086) Passing Score of 153
Principles of Learning and Teaching (5624 or 0624) Passing Score of 161
Teacher certification requirements are subject to change.  Before registering for the test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at www.epsb.ky.gov for current requirements or contact the Division of Professional learning and Assessment at 502-564-4606 or 888-598-7667.

 Grade Point Average Requirements:
Grade point averages are reviewed during three checkpoints:  admission to teacher education (see Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education), admission to student teaching (requires a 2.75 average overall; a 2.75 average in content area; a 2.75 average in professional education) and at the time of completion/graduation (2.75 overall).

 IMPORTANT:  Upon completion of 60 undergraduate credit hours (junior status), students enrolled or desiring enrollment in education coursework beyond 12 hours credit MUST be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.   Students must be admitted to Teacher Education prior to enrollment in upper level teacher education courses.

 Admission to Teacher Education requires:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • PPST Scores – Reading – 176, Math 174, and Writing 174
  • 24 or more credit hours including a B or better in ENG 105, MAT 117or higher, COM 161, and EDU 103
  • Interview with major academic advisor
  • Approval of your college Admissions Committee