Have you always been interested in learning more about social studies and history? Have you wished that you could teach history in high schools to “make it come alive” for students?

The BS in history, secondary education degree offers students the opportunity to work with students in public schools and to put practice what they have learned through comprehensive clinical social-studies experiences.

ECU Advantage

The program is committed to the preparation of teachers who are knowledgeable and reflective practitioners, technologically proficient, and skilled in meeting the needs of a diverse student population. The program places an emphasis on service through faculty participation in the improvement of the public schools and assistance in the development and creation of educational policy for North Carolina, as well as support for scholarship and research/creative activity.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Allen Guidry (137 Speight Building; 252-737-2106; guidrya@ecu.edu)

A minimum GPA of 2.5 required for admission to the program. History education majors must have a minimum grade of C (2.0) in EDTC 4001; EDUC 4400 or PSYC 4305; HIED 2123, HIED 3001, HIED 3010, HIED 4010, HIED 4323; HIST 5135; PSYC 3206; READ 3990 or READ 5317; and SPED 4010. For information about NC teacher licensure requirements see Licensure.

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education and special requirements for licensure including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra or higher approved general education math course
  • Choose a literature course
  • May count cognates in 4., below, that also meet foundations curriculum requirements
2. Core - 33 s.h.
  • HIST 1030 - World Civilizations to 1500
  • HIST 1031 - World Civilizations Since 1500
  • HIST 1050 - American History to 1877
  • HIST 1051 - American History Since 1877
  • HIST 3000 - History: Its Nature and Method
  • HIST 3240 - The Age of Franklin Roosevelt, 1919-1945
  • HIST 3245 - The United States Since 1945
  • HIST 3260 - The United States and the Middle East, 1783 to the Present
  • HIST 5135 - Problems in North Carolina History
  • Choose two electives above 2999
3. Cognates - 27 s.h.

(May count toward the general education social science requirement.)

  • ANTH 1000 - Introduction to Anthropology or
  • ANTH 2010 - Societies Around the World

  • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 2133 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEOG 2100 - World Geography: Developed Regions
  • GEOG 2110 - World Geography: Less Developed Regions
  • POLS 1010 - National Government
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 3206 - Developmental Psychology
  • SOCI 2110 - Introduction to Sociology
  • Choose one POLS course above 2999
4. Professional courses - 35 s.h.
  • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
  • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education

  • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment or
  • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology

  • HIED 2123 - Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher
  • HIED 3001 - Teaching Civics and Economics in the Secondary Classroom
  • HIED 3010 - History Curriculum and Planning in the Secondary Classroom
  • HIED 4010 - Assessment in Secondary Social Studies
  • HIED 4323 - The Teaching of Social Studies in High School
  • HIED 4324 - Internship in History and Social Studies
  • HIED 4325 - Internship Seminar: Issues in Social Studies Education
  • READ 3990 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School
  • SPED 4010 - Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Social Studies Teacher Education
    • Area, Ethnic and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Social Studies Teacher Education

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.