Local ISDs need well-educated teachers who are committed to the profession. You can help make this happen. Our bachelor's degree in History with Teaching Emphasis prepares you to teach history or social studies at the middle or high school level. While here, you'll learn how to interpret the past in an informed and meaningful way. Work alongside our faculty as they equip you with the historical knowledge and practical skills to excel in the classroom. As part of your degree, you'll complete a semester-long residency at a local school district. Upon completion of the program and passing all TExES exams, you'll become certified to teach.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration 4 years
Foreign Language Foreign language required for BA
Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 120 hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
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SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A bachelor’s DEGREE IN History with Teaching Emphasis

Focus Your Passion

The Department of History offers three different tracks towards becoming a middle or high school teacher. Discover the possibilities available to you.

History (Grades 7-12)

Help students become informed and engaged citizens. Our program provides the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to thrive as a high school history educator. Completing this program and passing all TExES exams certifies you to teach history in the state of Texas.

Social Studies (Grades 7-12)

Encourage high school students to think critically and interact within their community. This track prepares you to teach history, government, geography and economics at the high school level. Completing this program and passing all TExES exams certifies you to teach social studies in the state of Texas.

Social Studies (Grades 4-8)

Teach young minds how to participate in a culturally diverse and global society. Our 4-8 social studies track combines courses in history, political science, psychology, and curriculum and instruction. Completing this program and passing all TExES exams certifies you to teach social studies in the state of Texas.

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What You will Learn

A degree in history with teaching emphasis will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Participate in meaningful discussions with professors and peers
  • Develop skills in critical thinking, writing and historical interpretation
  • Learn how to teach history and social studies in an engaging way
  • Take courses that explore classroom management and pedagogy
  • Participate in conferences and panel discussions
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Our graduates go on to become successful teachers in Northeast Texas and beyond. Others choose to pursue further graduate work or careers in nonprofit, government or public history.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

High School Teacher
Middle School Teacher

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

Alumni Profiles

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Experience the Classroom firsthand

Take your knowledge to the classroom with our field-based teaching program. Students are required to complete a semester-long residency at a local ISD their senior year. Work under the guidance of educators as you discover how to teach history in a compelling and informative way. As part of your degree program, you will receive course credit for the residency.

Potential Employers

Local ISDs often seek our graduates. Job placement and satisfaction is ranked highly in our history program. These are just a few examples of districts where students found employment. Now's your chance to discover where you belong.

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Course Delivery

Designed for full-time students and working professionals, our flexible program offers courses in-person at the main campus location. You can take courses over the summer or during the fall and spring semesters.

Student Organizations

A&M-Commerce proudly hosts the Eta-Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honors Society for History. Phi Alpha Theta promotes research, teaching and publication to increase awareness and knowledge about history. The Eta-Beta chapter provides history students an academic community and professional development opportunities. The organization strives to bring our university's students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges related to the field and profession of history. Learn more about membership requirements by contacting Dr. Mylynka Cardona, Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor.

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Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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