Program Overview

The Secondary History and Social Studies program offers experiences that prepare individuals to become successful teachers in the fields of History and Social Studies. Courses provide the range of understandings that support teaching-learning connections, that illuminate issues relating to student diversity, that provide for meaningful exploration of content.

Certification for the State of Connecticut to teach Secondary grades 7-12 History/Social Studies is offered as part of a Master’s degree.  All of the education requirements for courses are built into the Master’s study. The student teacher requirement is completed subsequent to the degree.
Students may choose to combine the program with the Internship or take the program on a tuition-paying basis.

Advisors for both the academic program and the field work components guide each student.

Program Goals

  1. The passionate, professional educator is knowledgeable about subject matter.
  2. The passionate, professional educator is committed to inquiry.
  3. The passionate, professional educator is responsive to diversity.

Learning Outcomes

The candidates will be able to:

  1. Plan lessons according to State guidelines
  2. Demonstrate appropriate content knowledge in designated subject areas
  3. Pass Praxis II content knowledge for secondary subject areas
  4. Exhibit pedagogical knowledge appropriate to secondary classrooms
  5. Differentiate instruction to suit the needs of a wide variety of students and students with special needs

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s Degree with at least a B- GPA
  2. Passage of PRAXIS I or a waiver based on an SAT of over 1100 (Prior to March 1995, combined SAT scores of 1000 and after April 1995, combined SAT scores of 1100)
  3. General education requirements: 39 total semester credits and five of the following six fields: English, Math, Science, Social Science, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language
  4. U.S. History course covering at least 50 years
  5. Two references attesting to suitability for teaching and ability to do graduate work
  6. Personal essay of 350 words addressing reasons for seeking a teaching career and personal attributes that support that aspiration
  7. History and Social Science Content for Secondary grades 7-12, one of the following:
    • History Major and 18 additional credits in other Social Sciences. or
    • Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology Major and 18 additional credits in History. or
    • Interdisciplinary major with at least 18 credits in History (including U.S., Western or Europe and Non-Western) and at least 21 credits in other Social Sciences (including a minimum of one course in Political Science, Economics, Geography and Anthropology or Sociology or Psychology).

Fieldwork and Resident Teaching

Each student must complete fieldwork and Resident Teaching experiences. Fieldwork occurs concurrent with enrollment in coursework and may take one of two forms: either a district-paid internship or a self-paid field experience in local schools. Both experiences award six semester hours of credit. Interns work at a school in a  district selected by the Director of the Intern Program. Interns spend an entire school year following the schedule of the selected school district. Tuition for University of Bridgeport course work is fully paid resulting in a tuition free degree/certification experience in academically related course work. Alternatively, each traditional student may choose to complete fieldwork in a school of the student’s choice as an observer, assistant to a teacher, or assistant in other instructional related activity. As a culminating project, students (both intern and traditional) produce portfolios centering on the program objectives.

The Resident Teaching experience is a full 60 days of teaching in a school under the direction of a trained Cooperating Teacher. The arrangement for the placements are made through the School of Education and are also supervised by University staff.

Course Requirements

  1. Nine credits in foundations: Special Education and Educational Psychology
  2. Three credits in History/Social Studies methods
  3. Three credits in Reading and Writing in the Content areas
  4. One credit in statutory state requirements
  5. Six credits in field experience
  6. Appropriate electives as needed to reach 33 credits for the Master’s Degree
  7. Final degree option (PRAXIS II or credit-bearing project)
  8. Resident Teaching (six credits not counting towards the Master’s Degree)