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History Major for Teacher Certification (BA)


The History Education Major and Minor at Saginaw Valley State University are designed to provide prospective teachers with a firm grounding in history as an academic discipline in preparation for a career in education. Such a grounding includes substantial and diverse content knowledge in American, European and World History; analytical and interpretive skills; the writing and evaluation of historical argumentation; and the instructional skills needed to teach history at the secondary level. The curriculum summarized is directly aligned with the Michigan State Board of Education’s 2009 Standards and Benchmarks for History and reflects substantial coordination between the Departments of History and Teacher Education.

Cardinal Points

  • The Department of History also offers several scholarships for students. These prestigious awards include the Daisy Margaret Van Benschoten Memorial Endowed Scholarship; William S. Hoffmann & John R. Willertz Endowed Scholarship; and the Dr. Heidi L. Febert Memorial Award

  • Students in the History Department also have exciting opportunities to study abroad, engage with professors with independent studies and research.

SVSU's History Major for Teacher Certification (BA) program is comprised of history courses that teach students to formulate historical questions and construct their own narratives and interpretations. Issues of diversity, including race, ethnicity, class, and gender are not only addressed in both the survey and upper-division level, but also through taking courses across three regional/global content categories.

Highlighted Courses

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Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

  • 4% (As fast as average) projected growth for the employment of High School Teachers with a Bachelor’s degree through 2028. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $60,320 is the median yearly pay for High School Teachers in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Most states have tenure laws, which provide job security after a certain number of years of satisfactory classroom teaching.

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