History/Social Studies High School Education

The history/social studies education program prepares you for the State of Illinois Professional Educator’s License in High School (Secondary) Education with a concentration in history/social studies education.

Preparing You for Success

You participate in classroom field experiences your freshman year, then you gain additional field experiences your sophomore and junior years. These prepare you for the senior year student teaching experience. Bradley faculty and your supervising teachers are valuable mentors throughout the process. You also work closely with the history department to gain foundational knowledge about global events, social science research, economics, politics and society.

The teacher education department is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It also is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The high school education program is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association and National Council of Teachers of English.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • Courses and projects in social studies fields
  • Cross-cultural courses and opportunities to study abroad
  • Professional development and licensure in high school (secondary) education
  • More than 500 hours of field experience and student teaching in local classrooms
  • Instruction and mentorship from faculty who taught on six continents, published 30 books on education and served in educational leadership at state and national levels
  • Research opportunities with faculty
  • Use of classroom technologies such as Smart Boards, virtual reality, 3-D printing and wearable devices

Making your Mark

History education teachers are in demand. Recent FCS education students who completed the program and graduated boast a 100 percent pass rate on Illinois licensure tests, including the national edTPA portfolio evaluation. Almost all found jobs within six months of graduation. That success means you can enter the teaching profession or graduate school after graduation. Many graduates are working for school districts in central Illinois and Chicago. As an educator, you also can consider future graduate studies in curriculum and instruction or other fields.

Major Requirements

Required Courses in Teacher Education- 44 hrs.

  • ETE 100: Technology Applications - 1 hr.
  • ETE 115: The History of Education in the United States - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 116: Introductory Field Experience - 1 hr.
  • ETE 210: Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 216: Effective Planning and Instruction for Teaching - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 270: Physical Development and Health - 1 hr.
  • ETE 280: Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, And Communities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 308: Novice Teaching Experience in the High School - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 310: Teacher Performance Assessment - 1 hr.
  • ETE 345: Guiding Learners: Creating Safe, Inclusive Learning Enviro Environments - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 365: Teaching Reading Within the Content Areas - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 371: Assessment and Technology for Middle School and High School Teachers - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 375: Methods of Teaching High School Social Studies - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 499: Student Teaching in the High School - 12 hrs.

Required General Courses in Social Studies – 48 hrs.

  • SOC 100 The Sociological Perspective - 3 hrs.
  • ANT 101 The Anthropological Perspective - 3 hrs.
    or SOC 300 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 100 Introduction to Economics - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 105 Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 202 State and Local Government - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 208 Fundamentals of International Relations - 3 hrs.
    or SOC 326 Sociology of Globalization - 3 hrs.
  • CIV 100: Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
    or CIV 101: Western Civilization to 1600 - 3 hrs.
    or CIV 102: Western Civilization since 1600 - 3 hrs.
    or CIV 111: Unified Composition and Western Civilization I - 3 hrs.
    or CIV 112: Unified Composition and Western Civilization II - 3 hrs.
    or CIV 113: Unified Fine Arts and Western Civilization I - 3 hrs.
    or CIV 114: Unified Fine Arts and Western Civilization II - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 203 United States to 1877 - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 204 United States since 1877 - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 336 Early Non-Western History and Geography - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 337 Modern Non-Western History and Geography - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 350 Historical Methods - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 385 Science, Technology, Society - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 307 Early American Republic - 3 hrs.
    or HIS 315 U.S. Social Movements - 3 hrs.
    or HIS 316 African-American History since 1877 - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 450 US History Research Seminar - 3 hrs.
    or HIS 451 Global History Colloquium - 3 hrs.
    or HIS 452 Senior Research Seminar in U.S. - 3 hrs.

European History Survey Course (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • HIS 320 Renaissance and Reformation - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 340 Twentieth-Century Europe - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 342 Europe, 1789-1914 - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 343 The Enlightenment - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 382 European Women, Gender, and Sexuality Since 1500 - 3 hrs.

US History Elective Course (choose one) – 3 hrs

  • HIS 201: Violence, Crime, and Punishment in U.S. History- 3 hrs
  • HIS 300 The United States Since 1945 - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 301: Topics in American History: Intellectual - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 302: Topics in American History: Diplomatic - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 303: American Urban History - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 304: Women in American History - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 305: American Indian History - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 306: The United States Civil War Era - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 307: History of the Early American Republic - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 308: Topics in American History: Political - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 309: The History of U.S. Law Enforcement - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 310: America and Vietnam 1940-Present - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 311: History of American Political Economy - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 315: U.S. Social Movements - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 316: African American History Since 1877 - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 317: American Masculinities - 3 hrs.

European or Non-Western History Elective Course (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • HIS 205: Non-Western Civilization: Latin America - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 206: Non-Western Civilization: the Middle East Since Muhammad - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 207: Non-Western Civilization: Modern Japan, 1860-Present - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 208: Non-Western Civilization: Russian History - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 314: Non-Western Civilization: Japan & World War II - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 320: Renaissance and Reformation - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 321: Topics in European History: Intellectual - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 323: Ancient Greece and the Hellenistic World - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 324: Barbarians in History - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 325 Roman Civilization - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 326 Modern Military Forces and Institutions - 3 hrs.