Prepare to Teach History to Students at the Undergraduate Level
The Master of Arts (MA) in History with an Emphasis in Education is a blend of history content and pedagogical knowledge. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Grand Canyon University offers this master’s in history with an emphasis in education for aspiring history professors who wish to work with students at the undergraduate level. Prepare to share your passion for delving into historical events, people, cultures and trends, and inspire postsecondary students to think critically about the world around them.
This master’s degree in history with an education emphasis can be an ideal choice for individuals who are passionate about history and feel drawn to a teaching position. You will explore major historical events, themes and movements through the lens of cultural, military, economic and political perspectives.
Earn Your MA in History: Education Emphasis From GCU
Throughout your coursework for the master's in history with an emphasis in education, you’ll be challenged to think critically about the past. You will have the opportunity to develop a keen understanding of major historical narratives, arguments and interpretations, and you’ll examine best practices in pedagogical approaches. This master’s degree in history education highlights respectful collaboration with peers. It’s expected that you will develop a deep and meaningful awareness of and appreciation for diversity in all aspects of life.
In addition to exploring teaching methodologies and historical subjects, you will be taught advanced research methods in the field. At the graduate level, you will have the opportunity to critically evaluate the available literature in the field and develop a well-reasoned plan for your own research and professional participation.
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As a Christian university, GCU is pleased to offer academically rich degree programs rooted in the Christian worldview. The emphasis on moral, ethical and faith-integrated leadership is fully integrated into all our curriculum. Aspiring history professors will work through an online or on-campus curriculum infused with the Christian perspective.
History Education Course Topics
History is an inherently multidisciplinary subject, ideal for innately curious, lifelong learners. GCU’s master's in history with an emphasis in education incorporates coursework that speaks to this multidisciplinary nature. You will be expected to develop a mastery of wide-ranging concepts such as the following:
- A thematic approach to world history, exploring the significant historiographical questions and concepts
- Global trends in population, economics, cultural expression, government and science throughout time
- Historical themes in U.S. history, with a close look at immigration, philosophical thought, industrialization, war, social justice and reform movements
- The history of the American West, both as a geographical region and a cultural ideology
You will also explore learning methodologies in distance learning, online education and traditional education. Learning paradigms, personalized learning and andragogy are examined.
Additionally, you must successfully complete a research seminar. As a seminar student, you will conduct an in-depth exploration of the literature and historiography of selected topics and apply graduate-level research methodologies. You will also develop your plan for professional participation in your field, including sustained research and publication.
History Education Skills You Will Be Taught
Throughout the master’s degree in history education coursework, you will be prompted to develop competencies in the following:
- Designing curriculum
- Communicating research findings
- Constructing, evaluating and challenging ideas
- Developing technological solutions for distance learning
This master’s degree in history with an education emphasis can prepare you to fulfill the graduate course requirements that are necessary to pursue opportunities in teaching at the postsecondary level. You may choose to further enhance your teaching qualifications by pursuing advanced studies at the doctoral level.2
Careers Possibilities for Graduates With an MA in History
With a master’s in history: education emphasis, you can prepare to share your passion for history with postsecondary students. Pursue opportunities teaching history students how to think critically, embrace diverse perspectives and learn from the past as they look to the future. A master’s degree may meet employer requirements for teaching at community colleges or other postsecondary institutions. This degree can also prepare you to pursue a doctoral degree in history education, which may enable you to pursue teaching positions at four-year universities.2
Beyond the classroom, a graduate-level history degree may prepare graduates to pursue employment in a diverse range of settings, including:3
- County, state and national parks
- Historical sites
- Media outlets
- Historical archives
GCU Offers Institutionally Accredited History Degrees
As an institutionally accredited university, GCU is committed to furthering its longstanding tradition of prioritizing academic excellence. Our instructors offer quality instruction and a thorough curriculum. Furthermore, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has continually accredited GCU since 1968. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences shares the university’s commitment to upholding the principles and standards established by our accrediting bodies.
Master’s in History: Education Emphasis FAQs
Whether you choose to pursue your master’s in history online or in the evenings on campus, you may have some questions about your career and degree options. Use the following frequently asked questions and answers as you plan your path to higher education.
Take a deep dive into historical topics and best practices in postsecondary pedagogy with this master’s in history online or in the evenings. Apply today at GCU.
If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint and background clearance is required.
1 Intelligent. (2023, June 7). Best master’s in history degree programs of 2023. Intelligent. Retrieved Nov. 20, 2023.
2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2023, Sept. 6). How to become a postsecondary teacher. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved Nov. 20, 2023.
3 Birt, J. (2023, July 31). 10 popular history degree jobs. Indeed. Retrieved Nov. 20, 2023.
4 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2023, Sept. 6). How to become a high school teacher. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved Nov. 20, 2023.
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