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 below (under Teaching Licensure Resources) 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 below 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. The Office of Teaching Preparation (OTP), in CEHD, will help you understand the exam procedures and what courses you need to take for your endorsement area/major, while your History advisor is the one to talk to about your overall schedule and how to plan semester-by-semester for maximum success. When you reach out to OTP using the link below, they will create a Content Area Review (CAR) Form for you and also help you understand what the CAR is and how this fits in with teaching licensure.

See https://cehd.gmu.edu/endorse for instructions on reaching out to the Office of Teacher Preparation to begin this conversation and find out more information about teaching licensure coursework.

Once you start working with the CEHD’s Office of Teacher Preparation and your CEHD graduate advisor, remember to share your Content Area Review form with your History advisor so they can help you maximize your credits and plan.

History Advisors

Please use NavigateMason to schedule an appointment, paying attention to whether you are scheduling a virtual appointment or an in-person appointment. If you cannot find an available time, email your advisor.

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To schedule an advising appointment, click the NavigateMason button above or go to https://gmu.campus.eab.com/, login with your Mason NetID and password, and follow the prompts.

o History advising, assigned by first letter of your last name:

Additional advising available with Carrie Grabo, Undergraduate Coordinator, cgrabo1@gmu.edu