We in the History Department understand how excited many students are about building careers as teachers of history and the social sciences in California high schools and middle schools.

We now offer a state-of-the-art degree program that provides you with sophisticated knowledge, advanced analytical skills, and fresh perspectives on the relationship between the past and present. Drawing on these, you will help shape the future by providing your own students with the kinds of rich educational experiences they will need to become engaged citizens in a globalizing world.

In order to teach middle or high school social sciences, candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the relevant subjects, complete a four-year degree, and earn a teaching credential. Our B.A. in History-Social Science with a Concentration in Teacher Preparation for Middle and High Schools is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. That means that students who complete the program will be certified as competent to teach social sciences subjects in California middle and high schools. You will then be able to bypass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) and will be prepared to apply to the credential program of your choice. Our close working relationship with the Cal State East Bay’s Teacher Education Department and Single Subject Credential Degree helps streamline the transition from undergraduate degree to teaching credential.

California public high school students generally take one year of U.S. History, one year of World History, one semester of Government, and one semester of Economics. Future social science teachers must be prepared to teach any or all of these. Additionally, they must demonstrate knowledge of geography and California history. Schools also need teachers who are able to teach Ethnic Studies courses, and our program gives you a solid grounding in Ethnic Studies as well.

Our History-Social Science B.A. is special. Here is why:

  • It is multi-disciplinary and therefore prepares you to teach any of the required subjects
  • It comes with careful 1:1 guidance each term from caring, specialized advisors
  • It is offered entirely on campus, entirely online, or in a hybrid online/on campus format
  • It includes all but 12 units of the General Education coursework you will need to graduate from East Bay
  • It is extraordinarily flexible in terms of upper division course options
  • It leaves room for you to deepen your knowledge of, or even minor in, your favorite field
  • It emphasizes cultural sensitivity and educational ethics
  • It gives you units and structure to gain the classroom hours required for application to credential programs
  • It includes courses such as History of Education and American Democracy as well as a Teaching Capstone as jumping off points for Single Subject credential programs

This program requires a total of 81-84 units.  These include: 39 units of lower division coursework; 20 units of upper division coursework; 18-21 units of upper division elective coursework; and a 4-unit assessment capstone course.

Meet some of our students as they complete their BAs, enter the credential program, and become innovative teachers!

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the BS degree in History-Social Science Teacher Preparation for Middle and High Schools, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Content Domain 1, World History, of the History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools (hereafter HSSCS), including appropriate research skills and historiographic thinking.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Content Domain 2, U.S. History, of the HSSCS including appropriate research skills, historiographic thinking and awareness of multiple historic perspectives.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of Content Domain 3, California History, of the HSSCS including the relationship between California and U.S. History, while also understanding the conditions that make California unique.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of Content Domain 4, Principles of American Democracy, of the HSSCS including ability to analyze the effect of government structures, economic conditions, and social forces on the distribution and use of power.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of Content Domain 5, Principles of Economics, of the HSSCS including use of marginal analysis, equilibrium analysis, micro and macro analysis, and positive and normative analytical skills.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of Content Domain 6, Geography, of the HSSCS including geographic character of landscapes, societies, and ecosystems across the earth, as well as five basic themes of geography: location, place, human and environmental interaction, movement, and regions, with particular emphasis on sustainability.
  7. Consistent with section 51226.7 of California’s Education Code (passed in 2016), develop cultural understanding of how different groups have struggled and worked together, highlighting core Ethnic Studies concepts, such as equality and equity, justice, and race.
  8. In accordance with public school credential program requirements to spend 45 hours in a classroom setting before embarking on a credential, observe, instruct, and mentor in a classroom setting, employing and inviting practice of specialized history-social science disciplinary knowledge and thinking. 
  9. Practice pedagogical strategies for effective delivery, engagement, and investigation of specialized history-social science disciplinary knowledge and thinking in middle and high schools.
  10. Analyze the history of education in the United States, especially with respect to access and equity in public schools.

If you are curious about our program, get in touch with Elizabeth McGuire at elizabeth.mcguire@csueastbay.edu.

Contact Us

Department of History
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • Student and Faculty Support (SF)
  • 4th Floor, Office 442
  • Hayward, CA 94542