Requirements

Masters of Arts in History


 
APPLICATION DEADLINE

Students must apply for the history program by April 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

ADMISSION PROCEDURES

All applicants to the Masters of Arts program must complete the School of Graduate Studies application, submit (to the Graduate School) two letters of recommendation, a 500-word statement of purpose, and GRE scores.

Applicants to the Master of Science program (i.e., the teacher certification program) must also complete the School of Graduate Studies application, but the two letters of recommendation, the 500-word statement of purpose, the GRE scores, Praxis I scores or waiver, Praxis II scores,a nd School of Education application must be submitted separately to the History Graduate Coordinator. Refer to the section entitled "Admission to Teacher Certification Programs" in this catalog under "Application and Admission" for additional information.

The deadline for Fall semester admission is April 1 and for Spring semester admission is October 1.

Prospective students may, however, register as part-time non-matriculated students in graduate courses. Nonmatriculated students may earn no more than nine credits toward a degree program.

A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 with at least 18 credits of history is required for admission.

When the School of Graduate Studies notifies applicants that their file is complete, they must contact the History Graduate Coordinator to write a planned program of study. No applicant with a complete file is matriculated without a planned program of study approved by the Dean or Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and an acceptance letter from Graduate Studies.

Interested applicants who do not meet school or departmental requirements should consult the History Graduate Coordinator before taking courses as a non-matriculated student.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE - 30 CREDITS

The Master of Arts degree is designed to afford certified teachers the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of history and to provide highly motivated students greater foundational knowledge in history necessary to pursue doctoral studies.

Applicants must meet the general requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and have completed a minimum of 18 undergraduate credits in history with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in those courses.

The program of study consists of 24 credits of course work and a 6-credit thesis. Students who already hold state certification may elect to complete two additional graduate courses for a total of 30 credits and comprehensive exams in two elected fields (American, European, or non-Western history). With the approval of the History Graduate Coordinator, students may elect up to 6 credits of their course work in other social science or humanities fields. Reading ability in one modern foreign language is encouraged.

 
MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN HISTORY
WITH SOCIAL SCIENCE TEACHER CERTIFICATION - 51 CREDIT MINIMUM

The Master of Science degree is designed to combine advanced historical study (21 credits) with course work necessary for certification to teach History and Social Science in grades 7-12 (30 credits). Applicants must meet requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the School of Education , including an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, the Praxis I examination or a waiver and the Praxis II examination. In addition, 18 credits in undergraduate history at a grade point average of 3.0 and 18 credits in the social sciences, specifically one course in political science, geography, economics and psychology are required for admission.

ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS TO THE MS PROGRAM MUST PASS PRAXIS II BEFORE ENTRANCE INTO THE PROGRAM

The program of study consists of:

• HIS 110, 111 or 112 - United States History

• SHE 203 - School Health

• PSY 370 - Educational Psychology

• SED 482 - Teaching Exceptional Students in Secondary Classroom

• IDS 470 - Literacy in the Content Areas - 1.5 credits

• IDS 471 - English Language Learners in the Classroom - 1.5 credits

• EDF 520 - Educational Foundations

• HIS 490 - Social Science (Secondary School) - to be taken after completion of above courses.

• HIS 494-496 - Student Teaching and Student Teaching Seminar - to be taken after completion of above courses, 18 credits in the other social science fields, and the completion of at least 12 credits of graduate level history or social science course work.

• 21 elective credits in graduate level history and social science, at least 15 credits of which must be in history and all non-history courses with the approval of the History Graduate Coordinator.

• a comprehensive examination in two elected fields (American, European, or non-Western history) or a thesis (6 additional credits)

Download the M.S. in History Handbook.

Download the application to the School of Education for an M.S. in history.

Download the recommendation forms for entry into the School of Education for an M.S. in history.

 
CERTIFICATION ONLY

This program is designed to provide secondary teacher certification to those already holding a master's degree in history, education, or a related social science field.

Applicants must meet admission criteria for the M.S. degree with certification. Students must complete all course work required for state teacher certification in history and social science as listed above. In addition, students must complete 6 credits of graduate level history at SCSU prior to student teaching.

 
Master's Thesis or Comprehensive Examination

Students have the option of choosing a program with either a thesis (6 credits) or a program in which the student must pass a comprehensive examination.

 

CERTIFICATES IN HISTORY—9 credits

The Certificate in History (American, European, or non-Western) is designed to afford certified teachers and those interested in history the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of history in an area not previously studied by them at the graduate level or under-studied by them at the graduate level.

Applicants must meet the general requirements of the School of Graduate Studies AND 1) have completed a minimum of 18 undergraduate credits in history with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in those courses OR 2) hold an advanced degree in a discipline of the Arts and Sciences. Admission material for the certificate includes a graduate application (& fee), a statement of purpose, and the transcript from the college or university from which the applicant earned his/her highest degree. All admission material must be sent to the Graduate School.