History with Teacher Certification



In an historically enriched classroom students are challenged to grapple with real historical evidence, to interrogate primary sources, and to consider questions of bias and temporal context, all while learning how to draw conclusions and to contrast ‘lived history’ with ‘textbook history,’ to see that history is not simply a matter of presidents and generals but includes the experience of ordinary Americans. In such classrooms both teachers and students will realize that names and dates are only tools, not ends in themselves, and that such historical detail has a far better chance of finding its way into long-term memory if connected to history as a way of thinking, one that students find meaningful and engaging.

- (Cohen & Stoll, 2010, p. 2) 

Cohen, R., & Stoll, M. (2010). Introduction. In D. Turk, R. Mattson, T. Epstein, & R. Cohen (Eds.), Teaching U.S. history: Dialogues among social studies teachers and historians. New York: Routledge. 

image005.pngOne central concern of public education in the United States is to help prepare students for civic action and participation in civil society. As such, history education should play a foundational role in this process. History allows students to explore civic themes such as culture, power and authority, social and political organization, economic processes and distribution patters, and individual and collective development and identities. As a collaborative project between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, the History w/ Teacher Certification program is designed to provide teacher candidates with a strong foundation in content knowledge, pedagogical skill, and school-based practice. As such, GSW students who choose to pursue History w/ Teacher Certification will receive a content degree in History from the College of Arts and Sciences as well as complete their certification coursework through the School of Education. For more information about the History w/ Teacher Certification program, contact the following advisor:

image007.pngDr. Joseph Nichols
Assessment Director and Assistant Professor of Education
History w/ Teacher Certification Program Advisor
School of Education, Education Center, Room 210
229-931-5132
jnichols@gsw.edu

Program Goals

As established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the National Council for the Social Studies, the History w/ Teacher Certification Program is committed to graduating candidates who:

  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of culture and cultural diversity.
  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of time, continuity, and change.
  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of people, places, and environment.
  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of individual development and identity.
  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of individuals, groups, and institutions.
  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of power, authority, and governance.
  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of science, technology, and society.
  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of global connections and interdependence.
  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of civic ideals and practices.
  • Possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of history.

Program Forms

  • Curriculum Sheet
  • GACE Policy (forthcoming)
  • GACE Study Guide (forthcoming)
  • Key Assessment Course Alignment (forthcoming)
  • GACE / GPS / Course Alignment (forthcoming) 

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