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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of History



History and Social Sciences Teacher Certification

Teacher Education Program Requirements


Students seeking secondary teacher certification in History and Social Sciences must complete the following requirements from the College of  Human Sciences and Department of Curriculum and Instruction:

Basic courses in Curriculum & Instruction (C I)
  • C I 202: Introduction to Instructional Technology for Grades 7-12 (3 cr.)
  • C I 204: Social Foundations of American Education  (3 cr.)

Prior to applying for admission to the University Teacher Education Program (UTEP) students must complete the following:
  • C I 280L: Pre-Student Teaching Experience: Early Field Experience (0.5 cr.) -- Prerequisite for admission to University Teacher Education Program (UTEP)
  • C I 219: Orientation to Teacher Education for Secondary Mathematics, Science and Social Studies Majors (1 cr.) -- Must be taken concurrently with C I 280L
  • Take the Praxis I (PPST) Exam.  See:  http://www.education.iastate.edu/te/admission/praxis1/
  • Establish a minimum cumulative ISU grade point of 2.50.
  • Earn a grade of C or above in all C I, SP ED, HD FS, or other professional courses
  • Earn a grade of B- or above in all  content area courses
  • Upload one graded artifact to one's UTEP e-portfolio and "share" with Prof. Bremer 
  • A criminal background check (usually completed as part of C I 280L)
  • Students must apply for admission to the University Teacher Education Program (UTEP) at least two semesters prior to student teaching.  See:  http://www.education.iastate.edu/te/admission/

Following UTEP admission students may complete the following courses/requirements:
  • C I 280A: Pre-Student Teaching Experience:  Teacher Aide (2 cr.) -- Prerequisite:  C I 280L
  • PSYCH/C I 333: Educational Psychology (3 cr.) -- Prerequisite:  Psych 230
  • C I 406: Multicultural Education (3 cr.) -- Prerequisite:  UTEP Admission
  • C I 426: Principles of Secondary Education (3 cr.) -- Perquisite:  UTEP Admission
  • SP ED 401 (formerly SP ED 450): Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptionalities in the General Education Classroom  (3 cr. -- Taken concurrently with C I 498)  -- Prerequisite:  UTEP Admission
  • HIST/C I 480A: Field Experience for Secondary Teaching Preparation: Social Studies (2 cr. --Taken in conjunction with C I 498) -- Prerequisite:  UTEP Admission
  • Upload 12 graded artifacts to his or her UTEP e-portfolio prior to taking HIST/C I 498
  • HIST/C I 498: Methods of Teaching History/Social Sciences (3 cr. -- Taken the Fall term immediately prior to student teaching) -- Prerequisite:  UTEP Admission.  N.B.:  HIST/C I 498 is offered only in fall terms

Following completion of all the above UTEP requirements one may complete:
Curriculum and Instruction course descriptions.

Students must also:
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 grade point average in content courses
  • Maintain an active UTEP e-portfolio

General Education and Core Social Science Requirements
History content
Political Science content

Four-year plans


Content or UTEP Questions?  Contact:  
Dr. Jeff Bremer