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History for Secondary Education

Major, Minor

Program Overview

Share your love of history with young people. Our secondary education program in history prepares you for a rewarding career as a history teacher.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 27 - 39

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Stories about the past provide a gateway to learning for students of all ages. This program gives you the tools to bring history to life for students in grades 6 through 12.

Our history program immerses you in the study of the human experience through time and around the globe. As you explore cultures, political structures and social constructs of the past, you’ll learn important lessons about our own world.

Our faculty bring expertise in a wide variety of historical eras and locations, so you can pursue your interests wherever they lead — from colonial Latin America to the history of sports to 20th century China.

Beyond the classroom, you’ll have the chance to explore the world through our robust study abroad program. You’ll make connections and join student organizations dedicated to exploring the fields of education and history. And you’ll prepare to make an impact as a history teacher at the secondary level.

Completion of the B.S. in education degree with a major in history will qualify you for recommendation to the Michigan State Board of Education for a Secondary Standard Certificate.

Program Highlights

As a history student in secondary education at CMU, you can:

  • Delve into the past in courses like the Struggle for Equality, the Quest for Liberty and History of Native Americans.
  • Study abroad in places like Great Britain, Germany or the Netherlands.
  • Apply for scholarships designed specifically for students of history.
  • Observe classrooms and gain practical experience through our student teaching program.
  • Attend conferences, visit museums, hear speakers and make connections by joining the History Club or Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society.

Careers & Outcomes

This program prepares you to teach in grades 6 through 12 with primary responsibility in history.

Career Projected Salary
Curriculum and Instructional Designer/Developer $62,073
Middle/High School Teacher $45,759
Substitute Teacher $35,142
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