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 plan on the back of this handout shows how students can get a head start on licensure in Secondary Education in History/Social Sciences by completing the Accelerated History B.A. to M.Ed. program.

It is even more typical to complete the History B.A. and the required endorsement courses in Economics, Geography, and Government, then begin the licensure program after you graduate with your bachelor’s degree. So whether or not you are doing the accelerated M.Ed. program, the plan on the back is a really useful model for how to complete the History B.A. 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 B.A. You will also need to know about the Praxis exams. An advisor in CEHD will help you understand the exam procedures and 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.

See https://cehd.gmu.edu/endorse for instructions on creating 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-P - Dr. Michael Chang, mchang5@gmu.edu, Rob B377C

Q-Z, all minors, ROTC cadets, & students with a Catalog Year prior to Fall 2012 –  Dr. Sam Collins, scolline@gmu.edu, Rob B361B

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