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History Degree (B.A.) with Teacher of History Licensure (5-12)

Why Choose a Teacher Licensure Program in History (5-12)?

Founded in 1839, Westfield State University is especially proud of its history as the first co-educational institution to prepare teachers. Steeped in this tradition of developing progressive educators, our program supports future History teachers to be creative, engaging, and innovative with a background in the discipline of History that is rich and rigorous.

Requirements for the Teacher Licensure Program in History (5-12)

Students wishing to be licensed to teach History at the Middle or High School level must complete the following:

  • All courses for the History major (43 credits);
  • The following four courses which may be selected from the Common Core requirements (a minimum grade of "B-" is required);
    • Two courses in Geography
    • One course in Political Science
    • One course in Economics or HIST 0273 


  • The Professional Sequence for Middle and Secondary (36);
  • HIST 0120 - The History/Social Studies Teacher Credits: 1;
  • HIST 0332 - Methods of Teaching History: Middle and Secondary Credits: 3.

Student progress toward meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits).  All students must meet the requirements for Advanced Standing to achieve teacher candidacy. Please see section on Licensure for Teacher Education .

In order to be eligible for student teaching, a student must have completed all required course and field work, have an overall GPA of 2.8 (including transfer work), and have a passing grade in the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (i.e., Communication and Literacy and subject matter tests).

    Requirements for the History Major - 43 Credits

    Students must earn at least 21 of their history credits from Westfield State University.

      Required Major Core - 25 Credits

      • HIST 0131 - United States History and Government to 1865
      • HIST 0132 - United States History and Government 1865 – Present
      • HIST 0101 - Western Experience I
      • HIST 0102 - Western Experience II
      • HIST 0113 - World History to 1600
      • HIST 0114 - Modern World History
      • HIST 0121 - The Historian OR
      • HIST 0202 - Introduction to Historical Research and Analysis
      • HIST 0395 - Senior Seminar OR

      History Distribution Electives - 18 Credits

      Student must select six history electives totaling at least 18 credits. Students may not select more than four courses from any one area of history (United States, European, or World) in fulfilling this requirement. LLIT 0220 may count as a Eurpoean history elective when the topic is the Holocaust.


        Students must complete at least two electives at the 0300-level. A three-credit internship may be used to fulfill one 200-level elective course. Students may not take more than two independent study courses. Students who are considering graduate school strongly are encouraged to take a foreign language.

        Students interested in teacher licensure MUST meet with the program director, to ensure that they enroll in courses which meet the requirements of that program.

          Professional Sequence: Middle and Secondary (Grades 5-12)

          The Professional Sequence for Middle and Secondary must be completed by students intending to teach an academic subject area in the Middle or Secondary School. Students must complete an academic major in the subject area in which the licensure is sought.

            Professional Sequence Core:

            • EDUC 0220 - Schools in American Culture (*FB)
            • EDUC 0380 - Critical Multicultural Education

            Professional Sequence Courses Middle and Secondary:

            • EDUC 0221 - Introduction to Students with Exceptional Learning Needs (*FB)
            • EDUC 0321 - The Middle School and its Students **
            • EDUC 0354 - Educational Planning and Evaluation: Middle and Secondary Schools (*FB)
            • EDUC 0363 - Sheltered English Immersion
            • PSYC 0203 - Adolescent Development
            • Appropriate academic methods course Credits 3 (*FB)


            *FB indicates field-based course.


              Appropriate Practicum

              • EDUC 0372 - 5-12 Practicum: English and History

              Pedagogical Coursework

              A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required in pedagogical coursework specific to your licensure program prior to practicum.  Consult with the department on which courses are classified as part of the pedagogy requirements.

                Additional Graduation Requirements

                All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .