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I need to know which classes can assist me in as a History Ed Major.

I am transferring from a community college to a four year college. I have completed an Associates Degree so I have my general education prerequisites completed. Upon transferring to a four year college next year, I am not able to transfer into the History Education Department until I take one semester at their college and obtain a 2.8gpa. Until then, I am wondering what classes would probably enhance my ultimate goal of completing my Hist Ed degree. #college-transfer #history #education #history-education #classes #courses

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Nicolette’s Answer

Hi Westry!

I can't speak to the pedagogy side directly as I did not major in education, but as someone who works with history teachers and their students extensively, I can definitely give you some guidance on how I've seen teachers use history in the classroom for their students and how to make it successful.

Any state school will likely have a "state history" class and I'd highly recommend that if you can take it! Most states require their students to take a local history course upon graduation, so going in with that base is a definite plus - some schools even require it for graduation, so it's best to knock off a requirement if it will transfer from non-degree to degree-seeking status. History is also about more than just reciting the dates - it's about analyzing the evidence. For that reason I'd also recommend a Historical Thinking or Historical Research class, if that's available to you. It will give you the knowledge base on how to conduct good research and join the conversations other historians are holding, and allow you to pass this knowledge on in the classroom and apply it in your higher-level undergraduate classes. I've heard the PRAXIS is unpredictable (one of my cohorts in grad school had to write about the Korean Revolution, whereas another's test focused mostly on America) so I don't know of any specific courses that may help you in that respect, but hopefully those two class suggestions help!

Good luck!

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T. Laure'nTony’s Answer

A few states require all educators to procure a graduate degree. Check with the Department of Education in your state for prerequisites in your general vicinity. To train history at the junior college level, you will require at least a graduate degree, so you'll need to ensure you plan for in any event an extra two years. Most history instructors acquire a lone wolf or graduate degree in history or training. You can work in regions, for example, paleontology, ladies' investigations, American history, world history, or African American history, among others, which are famous fortes inside the field and frequently have divisions or classes dependent on them.