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History Middle and Secondary Education Minor (licensure and non-licensure tracks)

The history middle and secondary education minor offers two tracks: an 18-credit non-licensure track, and a 30-credit licensure track. All courses in the minor include fieldwork. Students gain first-hand, practical knowledge in urban and suburban school settings, ensuring a well-rounded experience.

For those who do not intend to teach, the minor can increase your marketability as a professional by enhancing your abilities to share information with others and work effectively with diverse populations.

To be admitted to the minor, students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, pass HIST 2860 Introduction to Teaching Secondary School, and pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in Communication and Literacy skills. To remain in the minor, students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. The minor fulfills the history major’s minor requirement.

Students wishing to achieve initial licensure, a requirement to be fully licensed to teach history in Massachusetts public schools, must complete the licensure track, which includes a semester of fulltime student teaching. To qualify for student teaching, candidates must pass the history MTEL, achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the history major and history secondary education minor, pass Stage I and Stage II reviews, and complete all other coursework for the bachelor’s degree.

Admission Requirements

  • GPA Requirement: minimum 2.5 overall
  • Course Prerequisite: HIST 2860 Introduction to Teaching Secondary School
  • Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Prerequisite: Communication and Literacy MTEL

Requirements and Curriculum