History/Social Studies (Certifiable for Secondary Education), BS

Central to Teaching the Past. 

The Bachelor of Science (BSEd) in History for Education includes many components of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History with additional methods courses. The History Department coordinates one of the largest and most successful teacher preparation programs at Central and one of the largest history/social studies programs in the state.

 A teaching certificate in history/social studies from Central connects you to a long tradition of professional excellence with deep connections to Central alumni who serve in every capacity of our education system, from teachers and curriculum specialists to principals and superintendents. We also have ongoing and productive relationships with the State Department of Education, the Connecticut Council for Social Studies, Connecticut History Day, and a host of other educational organizations. All of these provide our pre-service teachers with professional development opportunities.

History and social studies classes at Central are small and intimate. You are not one face among hundreds of students. Rather, our professors know your name, nurture your talents, and help you work toward success. The focus of the history/social studies teacher program is to provide you with the tools you need to become a creative and confident teacher, not simply a competent one. We offer the resources, training, and experiences that will allow you to become a teacher your students will remember for the rest of their lives.

You will take history classes with historians who are accomplished scholars and 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 the History and Social Studies Methods courses, you will work with professors who have national reputations for excellence in preparing teachers. In short, we prepare you to be the dynamic teacher your future students deserve.

You should let your advisor know of your interest in becoming a secondary history/social studies teacher as early as possible. This degree program is specific in its courses and credits, and student teaching occurs only during the spring semester. Lack of planning can mean taking courses that you do not need, thus prolonging graduation. Our goal is to get you through your education in the most productive, efficient way possible while supporting your enrichment as a future teacher.

Even if you’re not completely sure that teaching is your ultimate goal, Central advisors can help to develop a plan of study that will prepare you for application to the Professional Program for Teacher Certification should you decide to do so at a later time. We recommend speaking to the Social Studies Coordinator to get the most recent and thorough information. The advisors and the coordinator will help you decide when to apply to the Professional Program.

Students with questions about the BSEd in history should contact the Secondary Social Studies Coordinator, Dr. Aimee Loiselle.

BSED Curriculum Sheet

The Professional Program is a formal series of courses and practicums for teacher education. Typically, undergraduate students apply to the Professional Program after completing approximately 60-70 credits (including some upper-level classes) while enrolled in HIST 301 or later. Applicants in HIST 301 receive conditional acceptance until they complete the course with a grade of B or better. The State of Connecticut requires that students start a Professional Program for Teacher Certification after they have met certain criteria. Admission to Central and pursuit of a BSEd do not guarantee acceptance into the Professional Program. Students must submit a formal application and pass an interview.

The earlier you begin, the better the chances you will meet all the deadlines. Professional Program applications are usually due September 10 and February 10. Guidance for completing the application through the Watermark online portal is available the School of Education.

Before applying, be sure that minimum requirements are met. They include, among others:

  • School of Education Requirements
  • 2.70 or better cumulative GPA
  • 3.00 or better cumulative GPA for all of Social Science courses: Economics, Geography, History, and Political Science
  • A grade of “B” or better in History 301 (Please note that a “B-“ does not count)

Once you are accepted into the Professional Program, the Social Studies Coordinator, Dr. Aimee Loiselle, officially takes over as your faculty advisor.

Students take a sequence of courses that requires no less than three semesters and includes theoretical and field experience-based courses. Student teaching practicums are offered only in the spring semesters. Important student teaching information is available here. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Connecticut law requires all students in teacher/educator certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in school-based field experiences. You will be responsible for the cost of the background check and will be provided with the necessary consent forms and other documents needed to conduct it. As part of the background check, you will be fingerprinted. If you fail to pass the background check, you may be unable to complete your chosen degree program at Central Connecticut State University. The University will not be responsible for your inability to complete your chosen degree program.

Admissions Contact

Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Aimee Loiselle
Assistant Professor
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall

Academic Department

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome 1:
Content Knowledge – candidates demonstrate knowledge of social studies disciplines, knowledgeable of disciplinary concepts, facts, tools, structures of inquiry, forms of representation

Learning Outcome 2:
Application of Content Through Planning – candidates plan learning sequences that leverage social studies knowledge and literacies, technology, and theory and research to support the civic competence of learners

Learning Outcome 3:
Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment – candidates design and implement instruction and authentic assessments, informed by data literacy and learner self-assessment, that promote civic competence

Learning Outcome 4:
Social Studies Learners and Learning – candidates use knowledge of learners to plan and implement relevant and responsive pedagogy, create collaborative and interdisciplinary learning environments, and prepare learners to be informed advocates for an inclusive and equitable society

Learning Outcome 5:
Professional Responsibility and Informed Action – candidates reflect and expand upon their social studies knowledge, inquiry skills, and civic dispositions to advance social justice and promote human rights through informed action in schools and/or communities