Welcome to the History/Social Science Single Subject Matter Preparation Program webpage. Be sure to download the advising worksheet and Student Guide below to have full information about the program.
Below is the list of required courses. Download PDF files of the 20-page Student Guide (which includes the list of courses you need to take, also at the bottom of this screen) and the 2-page Portfolio Assessment Rubric below to find out all about the new program.
History/Social Science SSMPP Advisor
Professor Christopher Monty is the advisor for the History/Social Science Single Subject Matter Program. If you have questions about the program or need advising, contact him directly. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Faculty page for his current contact info.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing recently revised the Standards Common to All for Single Subject Matter Prep Programs. Students are no longer required to complete early fieldwork observation prior to entering California teaching credential programs.
The advising form lists University 300 as an optional course for the Education Option. Students no longer need to complete fieldwork observation. If you have already completed the LIVE SCAN requirements and TB test, save these forms since you will need them when you enter a teaching credential program. They do not expire for 5 years.
Students may still consider taking UNV 300 in order to have in-class experience to verify if teaching is the right career path. Additionally, the CSUDH Teacher Credential program does count some of these observation hours towards requirements in their program. I am currently verifying how many hours of fieldwork will be counted. If you have further questions please contact Teri Abbott (email@example.com). Teri Abbot is the person to contact directly regarding enrolling in UNV 300 for students who choose to do so. LIVE SCAN and TB tests must be completed before the Spring semester, and Teri has all of the information for completing these requirements
If you're interested in teaching History and Social Science in middle school, junior high school, or senior high school, this program is designed for you. It prepares you to enter directly from your B.A. into a post-graduate credential program leading to a single subject matter authorization in History/Social Science. You'll take a number of History courses (equivalent to the standard major in history at CSUDH), as well as courses in geography, political science, economics, and philosophy. The program satisfies the requirements set by the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing for demonstrating substantive preparation in the subject matter field of social science.
You enter this program by signing up for the B.A. in History - Education Option. Print out and follow the History Major-Education Option advising worksheet (download here [PDF]). See the list of required courses at the bottom of this page. The 75 units includes a number of lower-division courses, so if you are transferring from a community college you may have already completed some of these courses. Meet with the History/Social Science SSMPP Advisor (bring copies of your community college transcripts) during your first semester at CSUDH to check this out. Note that no lower-division course may be substituted for any upper-division course--no exceptions.
Completion of an approved subject matter preparation program or passing comprehensive examinations in the subject matter field (the CSET test) fulfills one part of the requirements leading to the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science.
One of the History/Social Science Single Subject course requirements is GEO 360: North America. Dr. Ralph Saunders, Chair of the Earth Sciences program, tells us that, for the foreseeable future, this course will only be offered in Fall semesters only, and only in even-numbered years (so Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2014). If you plan to graduate this year, and need this course, be sure to register for it this Fall. If you have questions, contact Professor Ralph Saunders: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: NSM B-206, Phone: 310-243-3284.
Commission Approved June 2007
The new program is in response to changing requirements by the State of California. It requires only 5 units more than did the pre-June 2007 program (75 versus 70). The changes are otherwise significant. The new program features a big increase in History units and the elimination of units in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology. In many cases it allows fewer options for satisfying various requirements. No lower-division course may be substituted for any upper-division course. This prohibition is absolute.
|HIS 101 US History|
|HIS 120 Early World History|
|HIS 121 Modern World History|
|HIS 300 Research and Writing Skills|
|HIS 304 Theory and Practice of History|
|HIS 305 World History for Teachers|
|UNV 300: Early Field Experience (replaces HIS 306)|
|HIS 341 California History|
|HIS 490 Senior Seminar|
|United States History Requirements (9) Select one from each group||Group A: The Early Period |
|Group B: The Nineteenth Century |
|Group C: The 20th Century |
|Non-Western History Requirements (6) Select one two-course sequence|
|European History Requirement (6). Select one course from each group||Group A: Ancient to Early Modern |
|Group B: Modern Europe |
|PHIL 383 Comparative Religions|
|ECON 210 Micro|
|ECON 211 Macro|
|GEO 100 Human Geography|
|GEO 350 World Geography|
|POLS 100 World Perspective|
|POLS 101 American Institutions|
|Political Science (3) Select one||POLS 354 American Political Thought POLS 361 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights|