History

To gain a History endorsement, you must demonstrate your subject–matter knowledge in multiple ways.

Prior to your admission to the M.A.T. program you need to complete History coursework and state-required content exams. While enrolled in the M.A.T. program you will complete coursework and have school-based placements to prepare you to teach History.

 

1. CONTENT PREPARATION

One part of preparing to teach History is a strong preparation in the subject. The best content preparation is a major in History. At a minimum you should complete at least 45 quarter credits, or 30 semester credits (7.5 Puget Sound units) of History coursework. Suggested courses include:

  • Coursework in U.S. History. At Puget Sound take: History 152 and 153: The American Experience.
  • Coursework in Historical Methods. At Puget Sound take: History 200: Doing History.
  • At least one course focused on World History.

 

2. TESTING

You must pass the National Evaluations System's exam (NES) in History and submit scores from an approved basic skills test. No specific passing score is required for basic skills. Scores are used as a formative instrument to determine a candidate's basic skill level in reading, writing, and mathematics.

  BASIC SKILLS TESTING CONTENT AREA TESTING
HISTORY

TEST: WEST–B or Alternative*

Math, Reading, & Writing

TEST: WEST–B 027

History

*Out-of-state applicants may substitute either the PRAXIS I or CBEST for the WEST-B. Additionally, scores from the SAT or ACT taken after 2005 may be used to meet the basic skills requirement.



3. SCHOOL–BASED PLACEMENTS & COURSEWORK

During the academic year, you will complete middle school and high school teaching methods coursework and History-related school-based experiences. In addition, the state of Washington requires that you pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), which you will submit during spring semester.

 

For additional information, contact Karen Stump at the School of Education.