Major in History and Social Science, Teaching Endorsement for Grades 6-12
To become a middle or high school history or government teacher, you will earn both an education major and a history and social science major (see history course catalog). This course of study includes one semester of student teaching and many other practical experiences in schools. Students will work with academic advisors from both the history and education programs.
Here is additional information from EMU’s well-known education program:
Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)
Earning your secondary education license to teach involves a double major in education and your content field: biology, chemistry, computer science, English, history and social science, or mathematics.
It also includes one semester of student teaching and many other practicum experiences in schools. And because EMU’s program is approved by NCATE, the national accrediting association, your teaching license for grades 6-12 will be accepted in most of the U.S.
About Teacher Education at EMU
Highest accreditation standards in the nation
Our teacher education program has carried the highest national accreditation standards in the nation for more than 40 years: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). EMU is one of only five private colleges in Virginia to be NCATE-certified!
Here we prepare future teachers who teach boldly in a changing world through an ethic of care and critical reflection. For them, teaching is a calling, an act of service to the world.
Two key characteristics of our teacher education program are: sending future teachers into classrooms early, and reflective practice, which is woven into all education courses at EMU.
Teacher Graduate Success
Employers know EMU teacher education graduates come from a high-quality program. 100% of 2013-14 program graduates who sought teaching positions were employed to teach the following year and graduated with an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.52. 100% of program graduates pass the state licensure exams.
Professors attribute this success to the many various field experiences students have throughout the program; by the fifth week of classes, EMU teacher education students are in the field observing and putting their lessons into practice in classrooms.