The Bachelor of Arts in History (8–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you to teach the important milestones of history. You’ll play a vital role in the education of young people, showing them how the past informs today’s ever-changing world. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in secondary schools in Austin.
You’ll study a range of topics that give you the flexibility to teach different segments of history, such as U.S., European and world. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 8–12 History teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in secondary classrooms.
Bachelor of Arts in History (8–12)
As a BA in History major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop effective methods for helping students analyze historical events, conduct research and build compelling arguments. You’ll learn to design lesson plans, present subject material and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.
Students select this degree with the goal of teaching history in secondary schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.
With a BA in History, graduates may teach history in secondary school classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.
In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in History majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in history complete core courses, which include U.S. History, World Civilization, 20th Century Europe and Historical Investigation.
BA in History majors complete required minor courses in Teacher Education, which include Foundations in Education, Learning Processes and Evaluation, and Educational Technology Integration.
You will have 80 to 120 hours of teaching experiences in the field, which include one-on-one, small-group and whole-class settings.
STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP
After completing your field experience hours, you will undertake a 13-week student teaching internship in a culturally diverse school in Central Texas.
The culmination of your history degree is a Historical Investigation course. Students delve into the origins and craft of the historian, then choose a topic for extensive research and investigation — resulting in an academic research paper. Historical Investigation challenges BA in History majors to demonstrate their proficiency with computer databases and library resources and to understand conflicting historical interpretations.
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in History (8–12).
In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.