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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. 

Helpful Information and Links for Majors

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

Checklist for Social Science Teaching Majors

Sample Four Year Plan, History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science

Helpful Glossary of Terms

Testing Information 

Student Teaching Approval

SOS 3400 Information

Dr. Shirley’s Advising Website 

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The Annual History & Social Studies Teachers Conference 

Save the Date!

The 36th annual History and Social Science Teachers Conference will be held at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, November 6, 2015. Our theme this year is "Engaging Students in Historical Inquiry and Argumentation," and we will have a full day of speakers and presentations designed to arm middle and high school teachers with all they need to implement innovative, inquiry-driven lessons in their own classroom. Our keynote speaker will be Josh Bill of Waukegan High School. Teachers earn 5 CPDUs for attendance. Registration for teachers will be around $60, with a reduced rate offered to college students and preservice teachers.

Check out a video of our keynote speaker, Josh Bill, after he was named 2012 Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year. Josh Bill will present both the conference keynote and a breakout session for teachers.

As the program develops, more information will be posted at this site. In the meantime, if you have ideas for a session or would like to present, please contact Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, Conference Chair, at blaughlinschul@eiu.edu.