Become a Licensed History Teacher in Secondary Education
The Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education degree program at Grand Canyon University recognizes that middle and high school history teachers do more than teach facts, events and dates—they impart ethical standards and wisdom developed over centuries of human history. This history education degree, offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is regionally accredited and approved by the Arizona State Board of Education. Students take coursework that aligns with the requirements established by the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS).
What Will I Study as a BA in History for Secondary Education Major?
Aspiring secondary history teachers will explore coursework arranged thematically, rather than chronologically. The thematic approach allows for an exploration of historical contexts that is both in-depth and broad in scope. Aspiring secondary educators in our history education degree program will:
- Use cross-disciplinary perspectives
- Develop critical thinking and analytical skills
- Develop ethical decision-making abilities
- Learn to develop instructional objectives and lesson plans
- Explore formal and informal assessment strategies
This history education degree, offered in online and on-campus classes, examines:
- The learning and developmental needs for students with learning differences
- The principles of instructional programs for English language learners
- The application of a Christian worldview and Christian ethics
Teacher candidates are required to complete a supervised practicum. Candidates must demonstrate their proficiency in applying pedagogical theories in a real-world classroom.
What Are the Benefits of a Bachelor's in History Education Degree?
According to The Nation’s Report Card, an initiative of the National Center for Education Statistics, just 15% of grade 8 students in 2018 performed at a “proficient” or higher level in U.S. history, a 3% decrease from 2014.* The deficits in history education continue into post-secondary education and adulthood. According to a survey by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, only 27% of those surveyed under the age of 45 nationally could demonstrate a basic level of knowledge about American history.**
If you decide to pursue a history teacher degree, you could one day inspire young minds to enjoy the process of historical inquiry and contextual analysis. You may help students learn from the mistakes of the past so that they are empowered to work toward a better and brighter future.
What Are the Career Options for Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education Majors?
Middle and high school history and social science teachers are well-positioned to guide the development of young minds as they seek to overcome ethical dilemmas and strive for personal growth. Graduates who hold a history education degree and have obtained the necessary certifications may choose to pursue a career in public or private education. Additional career paths that are directly related to this degree program may include:
- Public or private school administrator
- Museum educator
- Museum archivist
- Private tutor
- Standardized test developer
- Education consultant
- History textbook writer
- Content strategist
- Documentary writer/editor
The Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education degree program at Grand Canyon University leads to initial teacher licensure. To become a fully qualified and licensed teacher, candidates must obtain all necessary certifications as determined by the state in which they teach. Successful graduates may decide to enhance their knowledge and classroom skills by pursuing a master's degree in history education.
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*Retrieved from The Nation’s Report Card, “NAEP Report Card: Achievement-Level Results” in July 2021
**Retrieved from The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, “Woodrow Wilson Foundation Finds Only One State Can Pass U.S. Citizenship Exam” in July 2021
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.