Central Connecticut State University History DepartmentCentral Connecticut State University - History Department

BSED Teacher Certification

CCSU was originally founded in 1849 as the New Britain Normal School, and dedicated to teacher education. After more than 150 years we have maintained that commitment. Our graduates teach in every region of the state, and around the nation.

The CCSU History Department is proud of the fact that we require more actual history coursework than any other History/Social Studies certification program in the state of Connecticut. We do this so that our students are perfectly grounded in history and prepared to go out and make this vast body of knowledge available to kids around the state.

Our faculty works closely with the Connecticut Council for Social Studies (CCSU hosts their annual conference), and we encourage our students to be actively involved. The department also hosts Connecticut History Day, for which many of our students serve as judges.

A teaching certificate in history/social studies from CCSU represents a long history of professional excellence with deep connections to CCSU alums who serve in every capacity of our education system, from teachers, to curriculum specialists, principals, and superintendents.

History and social studies classes at CCSU are small and intimate. You will never be merely one among hundreds. Rather, our professors know your name, nurture your talents, and work towards your success. Your achievements are ours too!

The CCSU History Department coordinates one of the largest and most successful teacher preparation programs at CCSU and one of the largest History/Social Studies programs in the state. Our graduates teach in middle and high schools throughout Connecticut and New England and often serve as cooperating teachers for the next generation of students coming through CCSU.

The focus in the Secondary (7-12) History/Social Studies education program is to help you become a great teacher. We will give you the resources, training, and experiences that will allow you to become the teacher your future students will remember for the rest of their lives.

You will be taking history classes with historians who are accomplished scholars as well as being talented teachers. Your social studies concentration classes will give you the breadth of knowledge needed to be ready to teach on your first day. In your Social Studies Methods courses, you will be working with professors who have national reputations for excellence in preparing teachers. In short, we will prepare you to be the teacher your future students deserve.

Follow the links below for more information. If you have questions after reviewing the pages, please contact the Social Studies Coordinator:

Dr. John Day Tully
Social Sciences Hall, 216-14

Note: Are you thinking of being an elementary (K-6) history/social studies teacher? You’ll want to head over to the School of Education and Professional Studies website for more information.