Major in History with Social Studies Certification

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

The requirements listed below apply for students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. See the Undergraduate Bulletin at the time of enrollment for more information.

  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, to be taken with SEC 422)
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)
EES 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)

HUM 180              Explore Teaching Humanities  (3 hrs)
EDU 280               Educating for Human Development (3 hrs)
HUM 380             Teaching Diverse Learners  (3 hrs)
SEC 420                Practicum in Secondary Schools (3 hrs) (to be taken with HIS 361)
SEC 422                Extended Practicum (4 hours) and
EDU 485               Prof Perspectives for Teaching (1 hour) (must be taken together in the same semester)
SEC 421                Student Teaching in Secondary School (14 credits)

State Praxis requirements are regularly updated, see Kentucky Test Requirements for newest information.

 

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

    Teacher Education requirements are regularly updated, 
    see Teacher Education Program for newest information.