Become a History Teacher for Postsecondary Learners
Grand Canyon University’s online graduate certificate in history provides those with a master’s degree and teaching background the opportunity to teach online or on-campus history courses at two or four-year institutions. This program serves as a continuing education pathway for teachers pursuing possible career advancement, a new career path within the education field or a profession where you can share your passion for history.
Pursue Your Graduate Certificate in History Online at GCU
Take the opportunity to fulfill continuing education credits and acquire new knowledge and skills in your career field with added flexibility. Designed for working professionals, this online graduate certificate in history can be completed on your schedule through GCU’s digital learning platform. You will have access to online learning resources and faculty who are knowledgeable in the history and education fields.
Research and Analyze Events in History
As a student who is curious about and fascinated by American and world history, you will be given the tools to build upon your historical knowledge and discover how to translate this knowledge into instruction for undergraduate classrooms.
This history graduate program certificate offers five select courses from GCU’s Master of Arts in History with an Emphasis in Education. You can expect to engage in the following topics:
- Historical global themes – population, economic networks, power and authority, government, race and class, cultural integration, science, technology, environment, spiritual life, ethics and gender
- Historical U.S. themes – migration and immigration, religious and philosophical thought, republic and democracy, industrialization, business, labor, prosperity and consumerism, reform movements, social justice, war and society in American history
- Resources and opportunities provided by museums, historic places and archives to support teaching postsecondary history courses
- How diverse cultures, dynamics, economics and politics shaped the American West frontier into modern America
- Understanding of the past through contextual perspectives of race, class, gender and ethnicity and how these elements shaped the past
Career Paths for Graduate Certificate in History Holders
Equipped with this online graduate certificate in history, graduates who hold at least a master’s degree and meet state teaching licensure or certification requirements have the opportunity to pursue positions in higher education as a college or university professor, faculty member or instructor. Potential workplaces include two or four-year colleges, universities, trade or technical schools and companies that specialize in educational research and publishing.
Qualified graduates can enter into the higher education field with increasing job opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for postsecondary teachers to increase by about 12% from 2021 to 2031, faster than average, accounting for an estimated increase of 159,400 jobs in the field.1
Online Graduate Certificate in History FAQs
Learn more about the graduate certificate in history by reading through our answers to these common questions.
If you are ready to build upon your knowledge of history and pedagogy, complete the form on this page to continue your education at GCU. Our university counselors are available to help answer your questions and set you on the right path for your career goals.
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Teachers, retrieved on Jan. 19, 2023.
2 Retrieved from Intelligent, Best Master’s in History Degree Programs of 2022, in July 2022.
3 Teacher Certification Degrees. (n.d.). History Teacher Career Guide. Retrieved on July 19, 2023.
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