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2024-2025 Springfield College Catalog 
2024-2025 Springfield College Catalog

History and Education: Grades 5-12, B.S. (Secondary Education)

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Program Description

Students selecting this major also major in Education and seek licensure as a teacher of history at the secondary or middle school level.  The study of history at Springfield College is designed to provide students with a basic body of historical and related knowledge which will enable them to better understand the world they inhabit, the problems of their society, and their own lives. The College believes that this core of historical understanding enables students to function as educated and informed citizens in a democratic society. A knowledge of history and its methodology helps students understand the origins and background of contemporary problems, allowing them to deal more effectively with those problems.

Another major goal of the history program is to assist students in developing analytical, problem-solving, research, and writing skills. The major emphasizes content and information but is also designed to foster the skills and attitudes that will increase the ability of graduates to find employment, regardless of their occupational goals. Careers in government service, law, business, and teaching readily follow the training of those who major in this discipline.

Program Highlights

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required Credits: 120-128

School: School of Arts and Sciences

Department: Humanities and Social Sciences and Education (both)

Modality: On-Ground

Locations: Main Campus (Springfield)

Additional Information: https://springfield.edu/programs/history-education

History Major Program Standards

All history majors must have a 2.500 GPA in the history core requirements to graduate as a history major.

Admission to Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs

Once admitted to Springfield College, the student must meet the following requirements in order to become an official candidate for licensure and get formally admitted to a specific teacher preparation program.  This typically occurs prior to the student’s junior year or the equivalent for transfer students.

  1. Follow the appropriate course of study based on the field the student is interested in teaching. This includes majoring in an acceptable major for that licensure area and taking the required teacher preparation courses. This enables the student to fulfill the prerequisites needed to gain admission to a teacher preparation program. Examples of acceptable majors and licensure areas are psychology for early childhood; American studies, English, or mathematics and computer technology for elementary and/or special education; biology, English, history or mathematics for secondary; movement and sports studies for physical education or dual health & physical education; art or art therapy for art education; and health promotion for health education.
  2. Complete, or be in the process of completing, all prerequisites identified for the specific program.
  3. Earn a minimum 2.750 (3.250 for the Physical Education and Health/Family and Consumer Science major) cumulative grade point average for all designated licensure courses. This includes all subject matter knowledge coursework as well as teacher preparation professional coursework.  
  4. Earn a minimum 2.500 (3.000 for the Physical Education and Health/Family and Consumer Science major) cumulative grade point average and minimum grades specified for designated courses
  5. Demonstrate the personal characteristics/professional behaviors needed to become a quality teacher (i.e., responsible, dependable, hard working, professional, committed to the teaching profession, etc.).
  6. Be recommended for admission into a teacher licensure program by the appropriate major department and the Education Department.  For students in health and physical education, the only recommendation required is from the Physical Education and Health Education Department.
  7. Receive a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Tests (reading and writing) of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Note: Students who have been admitted to a teacher preparation program must maintain all the admissions requirements listed above through the semester preceding the practicum (student teaching) in order to be eligible to begin the practicum experience and must maintain cumulative GPA’s in order to successfully complete the program.

Once all admissions requirements have been met, the student must fill out the application for admission. Applications are available from advisors, departments, or the Educator Preparation Office.

The Director of Educator Preparation & Licensure will review the completed application and notify the candidate of the admission decision. If a student wishes to appeal this decision, a written appeal must be submitted to the Educator Preparation Council.

Undergraduate Curriculum Overview

The Academic Advising Center provides the following repositories of sequencing and curriculum guides for all undergraduate majors and minors to assist with course planning:  

Additional Notes:

  • There may be circumstances where credit totals do not reflect coursework that is eligible to count towards Core Curriculum and Major Requirement sections of a major simultaneously.
  • Degree requirements are subject to change. 

I. Core Curriculum (40 credits)

This Core Curriculum is faithful to the Springfield College mission and further strengthens the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body. It is a cornerstone of a Springfield College education. Regardless of one’s major, it provides a strong, developmental, and holistic foundation for leaders in service to humanity. Upon completion, all graduates will be prepared to learn, lead, and serve in diverse, multicultural, and global contexts as well as in any career path they may choose. They will have the knowledge, habits of the mind, skills, and abilities to face unexpected situations and challenges, the values and attitudes for self-motivation and a vision of service that stems from hope, optimism and making a difference, as well as the self-determination to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

View the Core Curriculum Requirements (40 credits)  section for a complete list of the domains and courses therein.

II. History Major Requirements (36 credits)

D. Additional History Selectives (9 credits)

Select 9 credits of additional History coursework (e.g., HIST 1XX, HIST 2XX, HIST 3XX, or HIST 4XX) excluding HIST 441: Supervised Experience in History 

III. Education: Grades 5-12 Requirements (58 credits*)

Completion of the following requirements ensures successful completion of the Education major with a specialization in Secondary Teacher Licensure.

*Coursework listed within the Education/Grades 5-12 major requirements section satisfies the Composition I and Composition II domains of the Core Curriculum.  If it will also satisfy the Themed Exploration domain of the Core Curriculum if the Preparing Teachers for a Global Society option is declared.  There are 43-52 unique credits required in the Education/Grades 5-12 major.

A. Related History and Social Science Required Courses (9 credits)

B. Grades 5-12 Required Courses (37 credits*)

*ENGL 113 and ENGL 114 satisfy the Composition I and Composition II domains of the Core Curriculum.  In addition, CISC 150, EDUC 237, and EDUC 328 satisfy the Preparing Teachers for a Global Society option of the Themed Exploration domain of the Core Curriculum.  There are 22-31 unique credits of Required Courses in the Education/Grades 5-12 major dependent on which Themed Exploration is declared.

C. Practicum and Seminar Selectives (12 credits)

Select 12 credits from the following list:

IV. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

Students who declare the Preparing Teachers for a Global Society option in the Themed Exploration domain of the Core Curriculum will need electives to complete a minimum of 120 credits.  Students who declare a different option in the Themed Exploration domain of the Core Curriculum will complete all degree requirements without additional electives.  

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