The Master of Arts degree program in history–secondary school teaching is designed specifically for secondary school teachers and is a terminal degree program.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.
To be admitted to the Master of Arts degree program in history–secondary school teaching on regular status, an applicant must have:
- A bachelor's degree with a major in history or in another field.
- A grade–point average of at least 3.00 in the junior and senior years of the baccalaureate program.
- A minimum of 20 semester credits in history courses with a grade–point average of at least 3.00.
- One year of experience teaching history in a secondary school.
In addition, an international applicant is required to have fulfilled the university's English language proficiency requirement as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog in one of the following three ways:
- Have a total score of 580 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language with no subscore below 55 and have the approval of the English Language Center.
- Have an average score of 85 or higher on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with no subscore below 83 and have the approval of the English Language Center.
- Have an average score of 85 or higher on the English Language Center Test with no subscore below 83 and have the approval of the English Language Center.
Before completing 9 credits in history courses, the student, with the assistance of the Graduate Director and the History Education Advisor, must constitute a guidance committee of at least two faculty members in the Department of History who represent different fields of history. Until the student's guidance committee has been established, the student's program of study must be approved by the Graduate Director and the History Education Advisor.
Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in History–Secondary School Teaching
The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis). A total of 30 credits is required for the degree. The student's program of study must be approved by the student's guidance committee. The student must meet the requirements specified below:
- Complete at least 15 credits in 800–900 level history courses including:
HST 803 Seminar in Methodology of Historical Research (3)
HST 898 Master's Research (3)
One course in historiography relevant to the student's program of study.
Courses in two of the following three areas that are commonly taught in secondary schools: American civilization, European civilization, and African or Asian or Latin American civilization.
- Complete 6 to 9 credits in one or two disciplines related to history.
- Pass an oral final certifying examination administered by the student's guidance committee.
The student must complete at least 12 credits in courses that are to be counted toward the requirements for the degree on the East Lansing campus of Michigan State University.