The Department of History offers a pre-education track for those students who plan to teach at the middle school or high school level. Students have the opportunity to take a variety of courses in U.S., European, and world history, which will provide the analytic and writing skills, the global perspective, and the historical content that they will need to teach in the public schools. Along with the B.A. in History, it prepares students to be tested for temporary certification or to enter the M.A.T. Program in Social Studies Education in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State or a similar program elsewhere to complete the requirements for state certification.
Area A-F requirements for the Pre-Education Concentration are the same as for the B.A. in History.
Area G (Pre-Education): Major Courses (30)
Students in the pre-education track will take eight history courses at the 3000-4000 level distributed as follows:
- Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (4)
- HIST 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW (4) (should be taken first among upper-division courses)
- Two courses in U.S. history. The department strongly recommends that one of these be History 4310 (Georgia).
- One course in European history.
- One course in African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or world history.
- Two additional HIST courses the 3000-4000 level.
- Capstone Course in Historical Research (4)
- HIST 4990 Historical Research-CTW (4) (Prerequisite: HIST 3000 and at least four other upper-division HIST courses, including at least two 4000-level classes.
Area H (Pre-Education): Additional Courses
Students in the pre-education track will also complete a minimum of nine hours of 3000-4000-level course work in two or more of the following allied fields:
- Political Science
- Education (Required: EXC 4020; along with two of the following: LT 3210, EDCI 3200, EDUC 3010, EDUC 4982, EDSS 3400, and EDLA 3200)
A C- or better is required in all the courses in the Allied Field of the Pre-Ed track.
Additional courses must be taken to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of KH 1010.
History as an allied field consists of three courses at the 3000-4000 level: one in U.S. history, one in European history, and one in African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern history.