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Secondary Education-History

History Major, Secondary Education Certification

Secondary Education Certification

Degree BA, History

Department Chair: David C. Wright, Jr., PhD

The secondary education certification in citizenship (CIT/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high school and secondary school teachers of history and the other social studies. The program emphasizes studies in history with a number of courses in political science, geography, sociology, and anthropology. The CIT/SECED program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments in the profession. Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, it leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7–12) and transferable to many other states. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to effectively work with students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes.

Effectively, students majoring in CIT/SECED must complete two majors, one in teacher education and one in history. Accordingly, they have two academic advisors who cooperate to keep them on track. Each semester, students must meet with both advisors.

Pre-service teachers in CIT/SECED must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a series of teacher education department (TED) courses and field experiences, the courses and experiences required by the SECED specialization, and a content area major in history.

CIT/SECED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the second semester of the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre-service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During students' final semesters, they must complete a 15-week student teaching assignment, consisting of two separate placements. All field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by the university. Transportation to and from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student.

Students who successfully complete the CIT/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by the university to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university's recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the national teacher examination, qualify graduates for an "Instructional I" certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually are able to become certified in other states..

Secondary Education Certification History BA Degree

Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. Students completing their degrees no later than May 2012 follow program guidelines described in the 2009-2010 University Catalog, available on the Misericordia University website.

Sequence of Required Courses


First Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 16     

Second Semester

  Total Credits 18
TED 131 Cultural Awareness (F) 1   TED 100 Education Seminar 0
TED191 Freshman Field 0   TED 190 Education Seminar Field 0
HIS 101 Western Civilization I 3   TED 121 Educational Technology 3
MTH XXX Math Bank I 3   TED 231 Learning 3
PSY 123 Introduction to Psychology 3   HIS 102 Western Civilization II 3
ENG 103 English Composition 3   ENG XXX English Literature Core (American) 3
PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3   MTH 115 Statistics 3
        FA XXX Fine Arts Core 3


Sophomore Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 18     

Second Semester

  Total Credits 18
SPE 211 Special Ed & Exceptional Learners 3   RLS XXX Religious Studies Core 3
TED 243 Adolescent Development 3   SPE211 Educational Assessment 0
TED 292 Sophomore Field I 0   TED 271 Classroom Management 3
HIS 103 US History I 3   TED 377 Classroom Management Secondary Education 3
ENG XXX English Core 3   TED 293 Sophomore Field II 3
SCI XXX Science Core 3   FA XXX Fine Arts Core 3
PHL XXX Philosophy Core 3   SCI XXX Science Core 3
        HIS 104 US History 3


Junior Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 16     

Second Semester

  Total Credits 15
TED 351 Introduction to Instructional Planning (F) 1   TED 367 Curriculum & Methods in Secondary Education 3
TED 394 Practicum I 0   TED 395 Practicum II 0
HIS 405 History Seminar 3   HIS 491 Research Seminar 3
POL 100 American National Government 3   POL 103 Global Politics 3
HIS XXX Advanced Elective 3   GEO 202 Cultural  
BUS 207 Contemporary Economics 3        
RLS XXX Religious Studies Core 3        

Senior Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 15

Second Semester

  Total Credits 16
SPE 411 Inclusive Practices 3   TED 497 Student Teaching 9
TED 495 Practicum III 0   TED 411 English Language Learners 2
ENG 3XX 300 Level Literature Course 3   TED 412 Professional Practice 2
ENG 415 Selected Studies 3   HIS XXX Advanced Elective 3
ENG 318 Language Studies 3        
SOC 101 Comparative Sociology Or          
BUS 207 Contemporary Economics 3        

Minimum credits required for graduation: 138