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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History and Secondary Education B.A.

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The Bachelor of Art major in History combined with a minor in Secondary Education is the basis for a career as a middle school or high school history teacher. This course of study has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as middle school or high school teachers. Students from other states should work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.

Students need to pass the Praxis series (I and II), which is required for state certification in elementary and secondary education.  All students in education programs must pass Praxis I prior to senior student teaching.

A grade of “C” or above is required for all education courses. A student receiving a grade below “C” will be required to retake the course.

The Bachelor of Arts major in History combined with a minor in Secondary Education requires two semesters of the same foreign language.

Completing this History degree program will provide students with:

  • Historical Literacy: Fostering an appreciation and broad understanding of the past by examining relevant historical information from primary and secondary sources.
  • Analytical Reasoning: Effectively applying methods of analysis, synthesis, and selection to diverse bodies of historical information.
  • Theoretical and Methodological Competency: Constructively employing historiographical models, paradigms, theories and techniques.
  • Professional Formation and Communication: Developing professional readiness, including the effective oral and written communication of knowledge and analyses

The purpose of the Education Program at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is to provide quality teacher preparation programs to qualified students while upholding the mission set forth by the college. Graduates of the Saint Joseph’s College Teacher Education Programs will be able to demonstrate their abilities in three areas:


Content Literacy related to appropriate general and professional     knowledge specific to individual disciplines.
Technological Literacy related to state-of-the-art technologies employed to strengthen performance in all personal and professional areas.
Cultural Literacy related to today’s diverse learners. This encompasses the behavioral knowledge, skills and abilities needed to effectively enable all learners to achieve. 


Instructional Strategies related to teaching effectiveness, learning outcomes and assessments. This includes skillful and varied methodology with diverse learners incorporating problem solving, critical thinking, and reflection.
Management Strategies related to the curriculum and the orchestration of the learning environment. This includes facilitating classroom dynamics that model fairness and respect. 


 Leadership Strategies related to personal and professional conduct. This includes professional development and a demonstrated commitment to continuous personal advancement.
 Effective Strategies related to modeling acceptance and collaboration.  This includes recognition of self and student worth, and the importance of fostering social, emotional, moral, and spiritual growth.


The outcomes adhere to the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.



One of the following:

Two of the following (Medieval History):

Two of the following (American History):

Two of the following (Modern History):

Core Curriculum:

In addition, all students must fulfill the college’s core curriculum  requirements and meet the 120 credit graduation requirement.  The First Year Experience (FYE) Seminar  is a requirement for all first-year students.


A grade of “C” or above is required for all education courses.

Special Topics courses periodically offered by the History Department will satisfy the HY core curriculum elective requirement and HY major requirements.

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