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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of History



History and Social Sciences Teacher Certification

Educator Preparation 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 Educator Preparation Program (EPP) students must complete the following:
  • C I 280L: Pre-Student Teaching Experience: Early Field Experience (0.5 cr.) -- Prerequisite for admission to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP)
  • 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 CORE Exam.  See:  http://education.iastate.edu/educator-prep-resources/student-resources/praxis-core.html
  • 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 -- no exceptions
  • Upload one graded artifact to CyBox and "share" with both "historyedu" and "takahler" 
  • A criminal background check (usually completed as part of C I 280L)
  • Students must apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at least two semesters prior to student teaching.  See:  http://education.iastate.edu/undergraduate-studies/undergraduate-applicants/

Following EPP admission students may complete the following courses/requirements:
  • C I 280A: Pre-Student Teaching Experience:  Teacher Aide (2 cr.) -- Prerequisite:  EPP Admission
  • PSYCH/C I 333: Educational Psychology (3 cr.) -- Prerequisite:  Psych 230
  • C I 406: Multicultural Education (3 cr.) -- Prerequisite:  EPP Admission
  • C I 426: Principles of Secondary Education (3 cr.) -- Perquisite:  EPP Admission
  • SP ED 401: Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptionalities in the General Education Classroom  (3 cr.)  -- Prerequisite:  EPP Admission
  • HIST/C I 480A: Field Experience for Secondary Teaching Preparation: Social Studies (2 cr.) -- Prerequisite:  EPP Admission and concurrent enrollment in HIST/C I 498
  • Upload 12 graded artifacts to CyBox and share with "historyedu" and "takahler" prior to taking HIST/C I 498
  • HIST/C I 498: Methods of Teaching History/Social Sciences (3 cr.) -- Prerequisite:  EPP Admission and successful completion of 30 credits of History and Social Science course work
  • Take the Praxis II Exam.  See:  http://www.education.iastate.edu/educator-prep-resources/student-resources/praxis-ii.html

Following successful completion of ALL the above EPP requirements one may complete:
  • C I 417A and/or C I 417P (16 cr. total):  Student Teaching
  • Enrollment in both student teaching courses is completed concurrently one's last semester

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 EPP CyBox account

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

Four-year plans


Content or EPP Questions?  Contact:  
Dr. Jeff Bremer