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History Department

Teacher Education

Students seeking a teaching creditional in History or Social Science should consult with the history faculty. At MSU future secondary educators are advised by faculty in their content area (the History faculty), but also work with faculty in the College of Education and Health Sciences to complete sequence of Professional Education courses. Upon graduation from MSU candidates apply to the ND Educational Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) for teacher licensure.

History Majors will graduate with a core degree that is recognized nationally under Fereral Guidelines as "Highly Qualified," as well as meeting North Dakota's standard for "Highly Qualifed" educators. Social Science B.S.E. graduates are recognized as "Highly Qualified" in North Dakota.

Typically a BSE student begins by declaring a major in History or Social Science and starts with coursework for General Education and the major. After two or three semesters the student then works with his or her advisor to apply for admission to the Teacher Education program.
Students who are considering a BSE degree should schedule a program of study that includes:
History 211 World Civlization to 1500
History 212 World Civlization from 1500
History 103 US History to 1877
History 104 US History since 1877

These surveys provide essential background for teaching as well as for upper-level history coursework.
For detailed requirements please consult a History faculty member and the MSU Catalog.

In addition, three national exams are required as part of the teacher education core:

  • PPST (a basic skills test of Reading, Mathematics, and Writing knowledge, sometimes called the Praxis I exam; Required for Admisson to Student Teaching)

  • Praxis II in History and/or Social Studies (Must be attempted before admission to Teacher Education; Must pass prior to Student Teaching)

  • Praxis II PLT for Secondary Areas. This exam focuses on pedagogy and has been recently added by ESPB as a requirement for all licencees.

Students should schedule these exams carefully and in advance to ensure timely progress through the program.