BA in the Teaching of History

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Teaching of History from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of History degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements36
Prerequisite and Collateral Courses8
Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure28
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours48
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
Select one of the following courses:3
The World Since 1400 a
Topics in World History a
Select one of the following courses:3
Western Civilization to 1648 b
Western Civilization Since 1648 b
Select one of the following courses:3
Early America: From Colonization to Civil War and Reconstruction c
Modern America: From Industrialization to Globalization c
HIST 255History of Chicago c3
Two additional 200-level history courses6
HIST 300History Methods Colloquium d3
HIST 320Teaching History and the Related Disciplines3
HIST 420Teaching the Social Sciences3
Three additional 400-level history courses, including HIST 4409
The above course work must be distributed across the following fields:
African, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Latin American:
Minimum of 6 hours
European:
Minimum of 6 hours in Ancient, Medieval, or Modern European history
United States:
Minimum of 12 hours in U.S. history
Total Hours36
a

HIST 106 and HIST 114  count toward the field of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American history. HIST 106 is approved for the following General Education categories: Understanding the Past; Exploring World Cultures.

b

HIST 100 and HIST 101 count toward the field of European history. HIST 100  and HIST 101 are approved for the following General Education categories: Understanding the Past and Exploring World Cultures.

c

HIST 103, HIST 104, and HIST 255 count toward the field of U.S. history. HIST 103, HIST 104, and HIST 255 are approved for the following General Education categories: Understanding U.S. Society; Understanding the Past. 

d

HIST 300 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement. 

Teaching of History majors, in consultation with the program advisor, shall designate one of the fields of history listed above as their field of concentration, consisting of at least 9 semester hours (three courses) beyond the 100-level in that field.

Majors are required to seek guidance from the program advisor before registering for courses each semester; call (312) 413-9163 for an appointment.

Prerequisite and Collateral Courses

Required Courses
ECON 120Principles of Microeconomics a4
ECON 121Principles of Macroeconomics a4
Total Hours8
a

ECON 120 and ECON 121 are approved for the following General Education categories: Understanding the Individual and Society; Understanding U.S. Society.

Students are encouraged but not required to take:

Recommended Courses
ANTH 101World Cultures: Introduction to Social Anthropology3
GEOG 100Concepts in Geography3
POLS 101Introduction to American Government and Politics3
PSCH 100Introduction to Psychology4
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3

Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Required Courses
ED 200Education Policy Foundations3
ED 210Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan3
SPED 410Exceptional Learners3
CI 414Middle and High School Literacy3
ED 330Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom4
HIST 475Educational Practice with Seminar I6
HIST 476Educational Practice with Seminar II6
Total Hours28

In addition to specified course work in the major field, the teacher education student must fulfill certain other requirements as well as maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 in the major, a 3.00/4.00 in required education courses, and a cumulative GPA of 2.50/4.00. For detailed information, see the Program Guide for Teacher Education in History, available from the secondary education coordinator in the Department of History.

Successful completion of licensure and degree requirements does not automatically confer licensure. To become licensed students must pass the following requirements:

  1. a series of examinations required by the Illinois State Board of Education
  2. the Content Area Test (before being allowed to student teach)
  3. the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

Only after these requirements have been met may students apply for licensure to the Council on Teacher Education. For more information on application procedures, contact the Council on Teacher Education located in ETMSW 3015. See the Council on Teacher Education section.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
Declare Secondary Education Curriculum  
Take the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) a  
OR  
ACT/SAT scores may be used in lieu of a Pass on the TAP b  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
Take General Education/Curriculum Courses 16-18
(Meet with Program Advisor) c  
 Hours16-18
Second Year
Fall Semester
Request Enrollment Approval for:  
Education Policy Foundations  
Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
ED 200 Education Policy Foundations 3
ED 210 Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan 3
Complete Application to Candidacy d  
Request Enrollment Approval for:  
Exceptional Learners  
Middle and High School Literacy e  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 10-12
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
SPED 410 Exceptional Learners 3
CI 414 Middle and High School Literacy (after admission to candidacy) e 3
Complete Application to Candidacy d  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 10-12
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
Request Enrollment Approval for:  
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom (March 15) d  
Complete Application to Student Teach d  
Take Content Area Test by deadline a,d  
Complete General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
 Hours16-18
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
ED 330 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom 4
Complete General Education/Curriculum courses 8
 Hours12
Spring Semester
File Intent to Graduate Form (No later than the 3rd week of the semester in which you plan to graduate)  
Complete Student Teaching  
Take Assessment of Professional Teaching test a  
Complete Entitlement Application 12
Complete and pass edTPA assessment  
 Hours12
 Total Hours120
a

http://www.il.nesinc.com

b

https://cte.uic.edu/assessments

c

http://www.las.uic.edu/departmentaladvising

d

Consult program advisor or CTE website for deadline

e

Only for Teaching of History and Mathematics