History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Teaching Licensure

Think you want to be a teacher?

The History BA provides excellent training for prospective teachers.

 Students who want to prepare for teaching at the secondary school level need to work with both their History advisor and advisors in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) to outline a plan of study. The sample degree plan (scroll down for link) shows how students can get a head start on licensure in Secondary Education in History/Social Sciences by completing the Accelerated History BA to MEd program.

It is also possible to complete the History BA and the required endorsement courses in Economics, Geography, and Government, then begin the licensure program after you graduate with your bachelor’s degree. So even if you’re not doing the accelerated MEd program, the sample degree plan is a really useful model for how to complete the History BA and the endorsement coursework within four years.

For more information, start with CEHD’s information page at https://cehd.gmu.edu/teacher/. While you’re an undergraduate, your main focus will be to complete the endorsement coursework alongside your History BA. An advisor in CEHD will help you understand what courses you need to take for endorsement, while your History advisor is the one to talk to about your overall schedule and how to plan semester-by-semester for maximum success.

Instructions to create an endorsement account.

You will also need to make an appointment with CEHD’s Undergraduate Advisor, Kerri Marianos, at https://cehd.gmu.edu/teacher/advising/advising-appointment/, and with CEHD’s Endorsement Advisor, Mary Slone O’Neill, at http://cehd.gmu.edu/endorse/endorsement-advising-appointments. Please try to make these appointments back-to-back to maximize your visit, preferably meeting with Kerri Marianos first and Mary Slone O’Neill second.

Once you start working with the CEHD advisors, remember to bring your endorsement worksheet to your appointments with your History advisor as well!

History Advisors

Assigned by first letter of student last name:

A-G – Dr. Jane Hooper, jhooper3@gmu.edu, Rob B369A

H-M, all minors, ROTC cadets, & students with a Catalog Year prior to Fall 2012 –  Dr. Jennifer Ritterhouse, jritterh@gmu.edu, Rob B361B

N-Z – Dr. Samuel Collins, scolline@gmu.edu, Rob B377B

Additional advising available with Carrie Grabo, Undergraduate Coordinator, cgrabo1@gmu.edu, Rob B361, 703-993-1249

CEHD Advisors

Undergraduate Advisor:
Kerri Marianos, 703-993-2080, kmariano@gmu.edu

Endorsement Advisor:
Mary Slone O’Neill, 703-993-2080, endorse@gmu.edu

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