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In addition to General Education, students in History with Teacher Licensure and Social Science Teaching take a core of social studies courses in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology -- all of the courses which you will be licensed to teach at the high school level. Students also take additional content courses in their area of concentration. Additionally, all majors complete a professional education sequence that includes two methods courses, SOS 2400 and SOS 3400, where you will be with other secondary social studies majors. The professional education sequence culminates in a practicum experience of 75 hours in a central Illinois classroom followed by a semester of student teaching, in central Illinois, Chicago, elsewhere in the state, or even abroad! 

To see the Academic Catalog listing for the History Major with Social Science Teaching Licensure prior to fall 2016, click here. For students entering EIU in fall 2016 or after, the catalog listing can be found here. To see the Academic Catalog listing for the Social Science Teaching Major, click here. Want an easier way to see the requirements for your degree? Click on the Advising Tab and get checksheets, checklists, four-year plans, and more.

Please note: The History with Teacher Licensure option is within the History major. Students with this major take the same interdisciplinary coursework as other Social Science designations, and are also licensed to teach all of the social sciences at the secondary education courses. All other concentrations are part of the interdisciplinary Social Science Teaching program, and the degrees conferred are Social Science Studies--Teaching; Social Science Teaching--Political Science; Social Science Studies--Teaching; and Social Science Teaching--Sociology-Anthropology.

To see all information relating to Teacher Education at EIU, click here.

For students using the 2008 and later catalogs, satisfactory completion of the Social Science Teaching major requires:

  • a grade of C or higher in each course that applies to the 78-84 semester hours of courses required, regardless of where taken;
  • a major grade- point average of at least 3.0 and cumulative grade -point average of at least 2.75 in all courses attempted at EIU;
  • at least 45 semester hours of those required for the social science major must be in courses taken at EIU.