Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Pass your passion for history down to future generations.
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences encourages students to explore teaching at the secondary level as a career option. Upon completion of this program, you'll be prepared to sit for the certification examinations in History.

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Why Earn a History Degree with Teacher Certification?

No matter your career path, you can benefit from majoring in history or taking history classes as electives because of the understanding and perspectives you gain.

Our curriculum helps you achieve a better understanding of current events and a better appreciation of architecture, art, ideas and politics.

Course offerings range from American political and Constitutional development to ancient and modern Europe to modern China. Some courses are available online. As you progress toward your degree, you can focus your studies on U.S., European/Western or non-Western history.

Marketable Skills
  • Knowledge of historical context of current events
  • Knowledge of history/historical research methods
  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical reading of texts
  • Multicultural/diversity competencies

History Degree with Teacher Certification Highlights

The History Help Center and the Kingsbury-Thomason Departmental Library can assist you with preparing for exams and writing papers.
Other vital on-campus resources are the Military History Center and the University Libraries.
You may receive additional learning opportunities by attending any of the annual symposia and events hosted by the department or by getting involved in the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society.
UNT's Phi Alpha Theta chapter has been recognized as Best Chapter multiple times by the national organization.
Five faculty members have been Fellows of the Texas State Historical Association, recognized for their published works related to Texas history.
Faculty members have published dozens of award-winning books.

What Can You Do With a History Degree with Teacher Certification?

Advertising firms, historical societies, museums, libraries and publishers are potential employers of students with history backgrounds. Our alumni include:

  • Archivists and museum curators
  • Consultants for the CIA and the Department of Defense
  • Deans, program and department chairpersons, and faculty members at major universities
  • Environmental historians for the National Park Service
  • Lawyers
  • Teachers

If you plan to be a professional historian or teach at a university, you'll need to earn a master's or doctoral degree.

History Degree with Teacher Certification Courses You Could Take

War Crimes, Genocide, and Justice (3 hrs)
An examination of war crimes, genocides, and the development of international law to seek justice for these actions from antiquity to the present.
Pirates, Smugglers, and States in the Atlantic World, 1600-1856 (3 hrs)
Piracy’s “golden age” was a symptom of weak states that could not project power at a distance. Introduces two competing narratives about the rise, nature and fall of Atlantic piracy.
Rise and Fall of the Slave South (3 hrs)
Explores the development of the American South from its earliest colonial settlements through its destruction during the U.S. Civil War, examining the broad economic, political and social development of the region while focusing on the role that slavery played in shaping the southern United States as a major economic and political force in the 19th-century Atlantic world.
Professional Issues in Teaching (3 hrs)
Overview of American education, including history, purposes, legal bases, school organization, education as a profession, and analysis of characteristics required for professional success.
Teaching Diverse Populations (3 hrs)
Provides knowledge and skills required for developing and implementing challenging instruction for students who are culturally different, students who receive special education services, and students who are identified as gifted and talented.
Hollywood and the Wild West (3 hrs)
Introduction to the critical study of western films from an historical perspective.

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