Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Publication: 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog Program: History Education B.S. Minimum Credits Required:__________________

History Education B.S.

Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-6294

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare teachers of adolescents, largely at the secondary school level. It leads to 6-12 teacher certification in the teaching field of history in Georgia. Candidates complete the equivalent of a major in history and a second major in pedagogical studies. Candidates concentrate in history as this is the principal social science discipline in the secondary education curriculum and take additional course work in several other social science disciplines as part of their cross-disciplinary teaching field preparation.

Admission Requirements

Admission to teacher education is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Students must meet the program requirements to pursue this degree program, outlined below.

Candidates typically apply for admission to Teacher Education as sophomores after having completed most of their general education requirements. Applications for admission to Teacher Education should be submitted online through Owl Express under the “Student Services” menu.

A criminal history background check will be performed prior to admission to Teacher Education. In addition, if determined by the background check that a student is a multi-state offender, the student will be required to pay a fee and be fingerprinted. Results of either the criminal history background check and/or fingerprinting may preclude admission to teacher education. For more information on the criminal history process, students should contact the Center for Education Placements and Partnerships (CEPP).

In order to be considered for admission to teacher education programs, candidates must have completed the following requirements:

1. Coursework:

  • At least  36 semester hours of accredited college coursework.
  • ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 with grades of “C” or higher.
  • EDUC 2110* with a grade of “C” or higher, a satisfactory field experience evaluation *or provide proof of credit from an approved Georgia Pathways Program

2. GPA requirements:

  • Achieved a minimum, adjusted or cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all coursework completed at Kennesaw State University.  However, only candidates who have earned a KSU adjusted or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met.  Students with a 2.75-2.99 GPA will be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transfer students with a cumulative transfer GPA (as used by KSU Admissions) may be considered for teacher education admission their first semester at KSU.  Only candidates who have achieved a transfer cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met.  After their first semester at KSU without teacher education admission, transfer students will be required to earn a cumulative or adjusted KSU GPA as explained above.
  • No grade lower than “C” in Lower Division Major and Teaching Field courses as required by the programs in teacher education.

3. Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to obtain a MyPSC account and PSC identification number.

4. Entrance exams requirements:

  • Pass or exempt* the GACE Program Admission Assessments (test codes 210, 211, & 212 or combined test 710)
  • Pass the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (test code 360)

5. Some degree programs in teacher education have additional admissions requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to consult those departments and program advisors.

* The GACE Program Admission Assessment tests are comprehensive exams covering reading, writing, and mathematics. Regardless of matriculation date, the GACE Program Admission Assessments are a requirement for entrance into the Teacher Education Program at Kennesaw State University. Candidates should plan to take the tests prior to applying to the Teacher Education Program. Students with the following minimum scores on Collegiate SAT, ACT or GRE examinations may exempt GACE Program Admission Assessment by submitting proof of scores to the Certification Officer at

  • SAT:  at least 1000 “Critical Reading” + “Math” on tests before March 1, 2016  OR 1000 “Evidence-based Reading and Writing” + “Math” March 1, 2016 -June 30, 2019 OR 1080 “Evidence-based Reading and Writing” + “Math” July 1, 2019 & after
  • ACT:  at least 43 “English” + “Math”
  • GRE: at least 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative) OR 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) 08/01/2011 and after

Applicants will be reviewed by the Admission and Academic Standing Committee of the applicant’s proposed degree program. All candidates who have met the requirements outlined above will be considered for admission. Only candidates who have achieved an adjusted GPA of 3.0 or higher will be guaranteed a place in their teacher education program of choice. 

Candidates will be informed of their admission status by email to their Kennesaw State University Student email account. Notification dates will vary depending upon many variables.  Candidates must enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted, or their admission is nullified, and they must re-apply and meet the admission requirements for a subsequent semester. KSU will request that teacher education candidates be issued a Pre-Service Certificate by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). 

To be eligible for the Pre-Service Certificate, candidates must:

  • Submit a complete PSC Pre-Service Certification application packet.
  • Be enrolled in an educator preparation program leading to initial certification.
  • Have a successful background check (conducted as part of the application process). The GaPSC will NOT award a Pre-Service Certificate to anyone who is currently on probation, regardless of the crime. The GaPSC requires a copy of the Final Disposition, signed by a judge, in order to consider the issuance of a Pre-Service Certificate.
  • Pass or exempt GACE Program Admission Assessments.
  • Pass Georgia Educator Ethics Exam (test code 360).
  • Verify enrollment in a KSU educator preparation program through personal MyPSC account.
  • A Pre-Service Certificate is required to participate in field experiences associated with courses required in teacher education programs.

Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog. Graduation from a teacher education program requires that you at least attempt the GACE Content exams associated with your degree field.  Passing scores are required for certification by the PSC. All upper level coursework requires a grade of “C” or better and there must be a successful completion of all field experiences.


The B.S. with a major in History Education is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), is fully approved by Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission for teacher certification, and is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

Program of Study

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
EDUC 2110:Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
EDUC 2120:Sociocultural Influences on Teaching and Learning
GEOG 1130:World Regional Geography
HIST 2111:United States History to 1877
HIST 1112:Modern World History
HIST 2206:Origins of Great Traditions

Teaching Field Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (18 Credit Hours)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ECON 2106:Principles of Microeconomics
GEOG 3340:Cultural Geography
HIST 3100:Historical Methods
HIST 3304:History of Georgia
HIST 4488:Approaches to World History
POLS 3300:U.S. Constitution and Courts

Upper Division History Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Courses to be chosen with advisor. One of these history courses must be a research seminar (HIST 4495, HIST 4496, HIST 4497, or HIST 4498).

American History (6 Credit Hours)

Choose two:
Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
HIST 3310:The Old South
HIST 3311:The New South
HIST 3331:History of Religion in the U.S.
HIST 3333:African American History to 1865
HIST 3335:African American History, 1865 to Present
HIST 3340:U.S. Military Experience
HIST 3341:Women in U.S. History and Culture
HIST 4204:The History of the American West
HIST 4255:Diplomatic History of the United States
HIST 4251:U.S. Social and Cultural History
HIST 4245:Business & Economic History of United States
HIST 4410:Colonial America to 1763
HIST 4411:The American Revolution
HIST 4412:The Early Republic
HIST 4415:Jacksonian America
HIST 4451:Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 4461:Gilded Age & Progressive Era
HIST 4163:The United States between the World Wars
HIST 4471:Recent United States History
HIST 4490:Special Topics in History (as appropriate)
HIST 4495:Research Seminar in US History

European History (3 Credit Hours)

Choose one:
Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
HIST 3350:England to 1688
HIST 3351:Modern England
HIST 3361:Themes in Slavic and Eastern European Studies
HIST 3371:Modern Europe
HIST 3377:History of Science
HIST 4428:The Third Reich
HIST 4440:Medieval Europe
HIST 4441:The Holy Roman Empire
HIST 4442:History of Religious Tolerance
HIST 4445:Age of Enlightenment
HIST 4453:World War I
HIST 4454:Twentieth Century Europe
HIST 4456:World War II
HIST 4496:Research Seminar in European History
HIST 4501:Ancient Greece
HIST 4502:Ancient Rome
HIST 4503:Twilight of Antiquity
HIST 4544:Renaissance Europe
HIST 4545:Reformation Europe
HIST 4555:Topics in European Culture
HIST 4558:The Holocaust
HIST 4633:Modern German History
HIST 4640:Modern Ireland
HIST 4654:Russia to 1861
HIST 4655:Russia Since 1861
HIST 4490:Special Topics in History (as appropriate)

Non-Western World Studies (6 Credit Hours)

Choose two:
Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
HIST 3305:The World Since 1945
HIST 3334:The Africans in the Diaspora
HIST 3357:Africans in Asia
HIST 3358:Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean
HIST 3366:History of Mexico and Central America
HIST 3367:History of Brazil
HIST 3372:Ancient to Pre-Modern China
HIST 3373:Modern India and South Asia
HIST 3374:Modern China
HIST 3375:Silk Road
HIST 3379:Central Asia in World History
HIST 3380:Premodern Japan
HIST 3381:Modern Japan
HIST 3382:North Africa and Middle East in Modern Times
HIST 3391:History of West Africa
HIST 3392:History of Southern, Eastern and Central Africa
HIST 4373:Modern India and South Asia
HIST 4374:History of Ancient and Medieval India
HIST 4375:Themes in Asian History
HIST 4391:Emerging Themes in African History
HIST 4497:Research Seminar in non-Western History
HIST 4498:Research Seminar in World History
HIST 4760:The Age of Imperialism
HIST 4765:History of Terrorism
HIST 4905:History of the Atlantic World
HIST 4490:Special Topics in History (as appropriate)

Professional Education (6-12) Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

Must be admitted to Teacher Education and History Education before taking these courses.
Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
EDUC 2130:Exploring Teaching and Learning
HIST 3271:Introduction to History Education
HIED 4550:Methods of History Education
HIED 4650:Yearlong Clinical Experience I
HIED 4660:Yearlong Clinical Experience II
EDUC 4610:Introduction to the Yearlong Clinical Experience
INED 3300:Educating Students with Exceptionalities in Inclusive Settings
INED 4431:Foundations for Teaching Diverse English Learners

Program Total (120) Credit Hours)