History Major, Citizenship Certification

Secondary Education Certification

Degree BA, History

Department Chair David C. Wright, Jr., PhD

The secondary education certification in citizenship (CIT/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high school and secondary school teachers of history and the other social studies. The program emphasizes studies in history with a number of courses in political science, geography, sociology, and anthropology. The CIT/SECED program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments in the profession. Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, it leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7–12) and transferable to many other states. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to effectively work with students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes.

Effectively, students majoring in CIT/SECED must complete two majors, one in teacher education and one in history. Accordingly, they have two academic advisors who cooperate to keep them on track. Each semester, students must meet with both advisors.

Pre-service teachers in CIT/SECED must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a series of teacher education department (TED) courses and field experiences, the courses and experiences required by the SECED specialization, and a content area major in history.

CIT/SECED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the second semester of the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre-service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During students’ final semesters, they must complete a 15-week student teaching assignment, consisting of two separate placements. All field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by the university. Transportation to and from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student.

Students who successfully complete the CIT/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by the university to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university’s recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the national teacher examination, qualify graduates for an “Instructional I” certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually are able to become certified in other states..