Your major in history at Gardner-Webb will help you develop important skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing. The professional education minor will prepare you to share your passion with your students.

Bachelor of Arts in History with Teacher Licensure (9-12)

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With a Bachelor of Arts in History with Teacher Licensure (9-12), you’ll expand your knowledge of the world in which we live, past and present, informing your understanding of the future, and you’ll be equipped to share this understanding with your students as a professional educator.

Undergraduate Admissions

The Bachelor of Arts in History with Teacher Licensure (9-12) program will help you cultivate important content and skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing. In addition, master instructional methods, best practices and classroom management techniques, such as developing comprehensive creative and engaging lesson plans to implementing strategies to support diverse learners and assessing and analyzing student performance. You will take fascinating courses drawing on the wide and varied expertise of our social sciences and education faculty that will provide the foundation to teach US or World History, Civics/Government, Economics, Sociology and Geography.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to meet licensure requirements for a meaningful career as a professional educator in the social sciences, teaching high school or middle school students in North Carolina.

Gardner-Webb’s Department of Social Sciences works to help students develop the intellectual skills to explore meaningful questions about politics, society, and the human past in an environment of comprehensive curiosity based on Christian values. Our diverse selection of classes offers you the fascinating opportunity to study Medieval Europe or Modern Germany, Southern Politics, International Relations or the American Century, and much more. You’ll receive a well-rounded education in the social, political, and historical forces that have shaped America and the nations of the world in the past, present, and future.

Your degree in history with teacher licensure, along with your student teaching experiences, will prepare you to effectively teach social studies courses in North Carolina secondary school classrooms. The Teacher Licensure program equips you with the content knowledge, educational methods and instructional experience that meet North Carolina Department of Public Instruction licensure requirements. To gain a NC Professional Educator's License, students must successfully pass the edTPA Portfolio and other state requirements to become licensed.

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 36 hours of coursework in the major. The History with Teacher Licensure also requires 29 hours to fulfill the Professional Educator minor. The total number of credit hours required to graduate with a BA in History with Teacher Licensure is 128 hours, and the Program's total number of required major and minor credit hours is 65 hours.

As part of the Teacher Education program, you will also be required to complete a field teaching assignment in a number of different classroom environments with a 15-week assignment as a student teacher comprising your final semester at GWU. You will work with an experienced educator who will serve as your mentor as your develop real-life teaching skills.

Major Course Requirements

Required Courses (21 hours) 
Course TitleCredit Hours
COMM 230 Technology and American Society 3
HIST 200 Introduction to Historical Study3
HIST 244 Survey of US History to 18773
HIST 245 The American Century3
SSED 432 Secondary Social Studies Instructional Methods3
GEOG 102 World Regional Geography 3
SOCI 201 Introduction to Sociology3
Geography Electives (Choose One) 
GEOG 101 Physical Geography3
GEOG 430 Special Topics: Geography3
US History (Choose One) 
HIST 314 Making America: Colonization, Revolution and the US Constitution3
HIST 318 Civil War and Reconstruction3
HIST 324 American Christianity3
HIST 325 The History of the New South3
HIST 345 North Carolina History3
HIST 402 The Long Civil Rights Movement3
HIST 411 Diplomatic History of the United States3
HIST 431 Special Topics: American History3
Pre-19th Century or European History (Choose One) 
HIST 311 Medieval Europe3
HIST 322 Early and Medieval Christianity3
HIST 327 The Renaissance and Reformation3
HIST 331 Nineteenth Century Europe3
HIST 332 Twentieth Century Europe3
HIST 380 Modern Germany Since 1789 3
HIST 383 The Second World War3
HIST 414 History of England to 16883
HIST 430 Special Topics: European History 3
Non-Western History (Choose One)3
POLS 311 Comparative Politics3
POLS 351 Politics of Developing Areas3
POLS 352 African Politics3
POLS 353 Middle Eastern Politics 3
POLS 355 Asian Politics3
POLS 401 Comparative Political Economy3
POLS 430 Special Topics (if relevant)3
RELI 346 World Religions3
HIST Electives (Choose One)* 
Choose from the History courses listed above3
* Must select ONE 300 level and ONE 400 level Writing Intensive (WI) Course 
Total Required Hours in the Major Field of Study36

Other Requirements

  • Demonstrate depth of content knowledge and acquisition of analytical, research and communications skills. Teacher candidates must produce and formally present, utilizing relevant technology, a substantial, quality research project. This a NCDPI licensure requirement.
  • Make a grade of C or better in all courses counted towards meeting any state mandated content or professional competency.
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 GPA or better.
  • Successfully complete 16 weeks of Student Teaching (EDUC 450), a course Portfolio, and an edTPA submission.
  • To gain NC DPI Licensure, the student must pass the edTPA

Additional information about the Major, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

A Minor in History or Social Sciences with Teacher Licensure requires 29 credit hours of Professional Education coursework.

Professional Educator Minor
Course TitleCredit Hours
PSYC 303 Educational Psychology3
EDUC 250 Teaching in the 21st Century4
EDUC 316 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas 3
EDUC 350 Diverse Populations in 21st Century Schools4
EDUC 440 Classroom Management    3
EDUC 450 Student Teaching12
Total Required Minor Hours


Additional information about the minor, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

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