Major With Secondary Education Emphasis

Advising Guidelines for History Majors to Teach Middle School and High School

History Major with a Secondary Education emphasis

Certification to teach at the secondary level in Oregon is achieved through completing an Initial Teaching License program, such as the George Fox University MAT program.  History majors who plan to pursue a career in secondary education should prepare for that certification while still in their undergraduate program.  Students will work with their advisor to choose history courses that best support their career goals.  In addition to those history courses, the following courses are strongly recommended:

EDUC 250 Teaching as a Profession
PSCI 150 Introduction to Political Science
PSCI 190 American Government

(Students who desire further preparation should next consider taking PSCI 320 Constitutional Law: Issues of National Power and possibly PSCI 280 Introduction to Political Theory.)

ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics

(If only one course can be taken, ECON 202 is recommended)

Double Majors/Minors

Students should work with their advisor in selecting a minor or additional major in another area they would like to teach.  Prospects of being hired after graduation are better for those who can teach in more than one content area. Social Studies is often paired with Language Arts, especially in middle school.  Other marketable concentrations include ESL (ESOL) and mathematics


To be licensed to teach in Oregon, majors need to pass the CBEST or Praxis I exam by the first semester of their senior year before they apply to graduate school.  Also, the following exams are required for licensure and must be completed prior to student teaching (and sooner is better):

ORELA: Multiple Subjects Exam, subtests I and II
NES: Specific Subject Assessment exam for Social Science, which includes history (50%), geography and culture (19%), American government and political theory (19%), and economics (12%).
ORELA: Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment

Additional Information may be acquired by meeting with the George Fox admissions counselor for the MAT program.