History Education Degree

The Department of History prepares students for certification in History (Grades 7-12).  The state standards are incorporated into the required curriculum. Students are introduced to a wide range of courses included world history, Texas history, cultural geography, and United States history.  Students who graduate with this certification will have a knowledge and understanding of the social, political, cultural, and religious movements, the most influential people, scientific discoveries, and technological advances as well as the major events which have shaped human history.

Program Contact

Don Taylor-Pofessor of History Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Don Taylor

Professor of History, Head of History Department

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  • History 7-12 (B.A.)
  • History 7-12 (B.B.S.)


Why Study History Education at HSU?

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Faculty Interaction

We value times for students to connect with faculty outside of the classroom experience. Opportunities include academic conferences, trips to historic sites, movie nights, homecoming events, picnics, Thanksgiving feasts, game nights and the annual Spring Scholarship Banquet.

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Holistic Approach

“When meeting the head of the History department, he immediately put me at ease with his knowledge and sense of humor. The education department is just as amazing. Where the History department prepares me for my subject matter, the Education department prepares me for everything from how to deal with students, to classroom management, to even how to arrange my classroom.” -Daniel Decker ’19

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Excellent Preparation

More than 95% of HSU’s teacher candidates pass the TExES exams on their first try.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:

Candidates for our Teacher Preparation Programs must meet certain requirements outlined in our Admission Requirements document.

Students who complete this degree will be eligible to take the Texas certification test for the certification: History 7-12. This certification leads to History teaching positions in 7-12 grades.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”

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