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About the History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science Degree

A History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science degree allows students to pursue a degree in History while training and becoming licensed to teach high school social studies. Majors take a core of 33 hours in History courses and are an integral part of the history department. They end their coursework in history by taking the capstone course, SOS 3400: Social Science Teaching methods, usually the semester prior to student teaching. As Illinois only provides one license for all social science teachers, they also take courses in the other areas of social studies: economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology-anthropology. Finally, History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science majors enroll in a sequence of professional education courses that culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience. 

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EIU catalog description of this degree

Social Science Teaching Website

Step-By-Step Guide to a Social Science Teaching Degree (this includes History with Teacher Licensure!)

History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science Degree Checksheet

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Student Teaching Approval

SOS 3400 Information

Dr. Shirley’s Advising Website 

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The Annual History & Social Studies Teachers Conference 

On Thursday, October 24, 2013, upwards of eighty teachers gathered for the 34th Annual History and Social Science Teachers conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Read All About It! Using Primary Documents, Library Resources, and Local History to Foster Social Studies Literacy.”  For more information about the conference, please click here.
The 35th Annual History & Social Science Teachers conference will take place on October 10, 2014.  
Call for Presentations and General Information