Secondary Social Studies Content Pre-requisites

Students interested in teacher certification in Secondary Social Studies Education (grades 8-12) first complete a bachelor's degree with a major in History prior to entering the teacher certification program at the graduate level. Students must apply and be accepted into the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program in order to complete teacher certification. Please review the admission requirements for the MAT program at the "how to apply" tab:

Those students who do not complete a major in this content area must complete prerequisite courses as indicated below to be eligible for application to the program. These prerequisite courses may be taken in post-baccalaureate status through the University of Louisville or through another accredited institution upon approval of an Education Advisor. An overall 2.50 grade point average is required for certification. Applicants who have remaining prerequisite, content courses should have an official transcript evaluation prior to enrolling in those courses.

  • HIST 101, History of Civilizations I or HIST 102, History of Civilizations II (3 hours)
  • HIST 211, American History I (3 hours)
  • HIST 212, American History II (3 hours)
  • *300+ American History (3 hours)
  • *300+ European History (3 hours)
  • *300+ Non-European History (3 hours)
  • POLS 201, Fundamentals of American Government or POLS 202, Comparative Political Systems (3 hours)
  • 300+ Political Science course (3 hours)
  • ECON 201, Principles of Microeconomics (3 hours)
  • ECON 202, Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hours)
  • PSYC 201, Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • SOC 201, Introduction to Sociology or SOC 202, Social Problems (3 hours)
  • Geography/World Geography/Cultural Geography course (3 hours)

* - Must be approved by advisor.