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Bachelor of Arts

Teacher Education – High School

On Campus
Academics / School of Education and Extended Learning / Teacher Education – High School


If you love history and love teaching, come explore the social, political, economic and religious past that have shaped our world. Along with a fuller understanding of history, you’ll continue your work in the classroom with students in grades seven to 12, gaining valuable field experience in a variety of teaching environments, including public, private, rural and urban settings.

The B.A. in History with licensure in Integrated Social Studies, grades 7-12, is offered in partnership with Lourdes University. Faculty from Lourdes University teach all of the education coursework on Tiffin University’s campus. Teacher credentialing and certification will be handled through the Lourdes University Division of Education. Meanwhile, the general education curriculum and the content specialization in history are taught by Tiffin University faculty.

This major will provide you with all of the coursework necessary for a degree in integrated social studies. You will also meet the adolescent and young adult licensing requirements and teaching credentials for integrated social studies, grades 7–12.

  • Nationally accredited (TEAC, 2010)
  • Consistent rating of “Effective,” Ohio’s highest ranking for teacher preparation programs
  • Field experiences range from one-day observations in the first Education courses to 15-weeks during student teaching

Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) education is a specialized field of study with a body of knowledge and research that recognizes the distinct developmental stage of students from ages 12-21 and grades 7-12. This program is designed to prepare you for a teaching career by providing an education that allows you the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and disposition necessary to teach and work with adolescents and young adults in grades 7-12.

The curriculum is based on contemporary research and the most current standard requirements of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); Ohio Department of Education (ODE); the International Society for Teaching in Education (ITSE); the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE); the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM); the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS); and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Professional Education Training
  • Education is a growing field and due to COVID, many teachers have decided to retire, creating many openings within the K-12 environment.
  • The History with licensure in Integrated Social Studies program leads to State Licensure within Ohio.
  • Courses are taught by professionals within the field.
  • You’ll gain professional experience in the school setting – starting with your first education course.
  • The program has field experiences and clinical hours built into each semester of the student’s experiences.
  • The program offers field experiences in a variety of teaching environments, including public, private, rural and urban settings.
  • TU’s Education Club and education events connect you to campus and help build close community.

Clinical and field experiences are incorporated throughout all four years of the student experience. The work builds upon prior knowledge and gets more hands-on as you continue in the field. You’ll move from observing classes, to building and teaching lessons within a variety of classroom settings, using knowledge gained from your content and education course work.

Within your program, you’ll build a strong foundation of knowledge in history, making connections between the past and present. You’ll gain insights into student development (psychology/sociology) and learning styles and needs. You’ll learn about assessment, accommodations, modifications, diversity and integration of technology within unit planning.

At the end of your program, you’ll carry away career-ready skills, including:

  • Lesson planning
  • Assessment
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration
  • Differentiation

Experiential learning is the essence of teaching. Without the experiences of being in the classroom observing and teaching, you would be ill prepared mentally, emotionally and academically to teach in a real-world setting.

During your program, you’ll practice lessons in your college classroom on your peers, work with peers to build unit plans and assessments and engage in discussions around scenarios to help prepare you for the classroom setting. You’ll then take what you’ve learned and teach these lessons to students in the 7-12 setting as a classroom leader.

Bringing Knowledge to Practice
  • You’ll gain professional experience in the school setting – starting with your first education course.
  • You’ll take a diversity-in-education course along with a course that introduces you to challenges within the inclusion and special needs setting, allowing you to learn how to communicate and work effectively with others who are different from yourself.
  • You’ll use an e-Portfolio as a digital repository for your work in your history courses and in your education work at Lourdes University.
  • The Education Club provides you opportunities to meet other students and participate in various activities and events.


Competency Core
  • COM130 Oral Communication & Presentation – 3 hours
  • ENG141 Rhetoric and Introductory Research Writing [Composition] – 3 hours
  • ENG142 Rhetoric and Academic Writing (w) [Composition] – 3 hours
  • MAT185 Quantitative Reasoning – 3 hours
  • MAT273 Applied Statistics I – 3 hours
  • EDU151 Technology In Learning  – 1 hour
  • EDU251 Technology & Pedagogy for Learning – 1 hour
  • EDU351 Technology, Pedagogy, & Content Knowledge for Learning – 1 hour
    • [EDU151/251/351 combined fulfill CIS requirement]
  • NAT130 Foundations for Healthy Living  – 3 hours

Total – 21 hours

Culture Core
  • EDU216 Multicultural and Social Issues in Education – 3 hours

Total – 3 hours

Dragon Education core
  • DEC100 Engage – 3 hours
  • DEC200 Explore – 3 hours
  • DEC300/320 Connect – 3 hours
  • DEC400/420 Impact – 3 hours
  • DEC400L Impact ePortfolio  – 1 hour

Total – 13 hours

Integrated Social Studies
  • CUL250 Cultural Geography  – 3 hours
  • ECO221 Principles of Macroeconomics – 3 hours
  • ECO222 Principles of Microeconomics – 3 hours
  • HIS122 Research for History (w) – 3 hours
  • HIS231 Creating a Nation (w) – 3 hours
  • HIS242 US History 1865 to 1945 (w) – 3 hours
  • HIS267 Challenges of Global Leadership: US History after 1945 (w)  – 3 hours
  • HIS303 Dawn of Humankind (w) – 3 hours
  • HIS323 The Emerging West (w)  – 3 hours
  • HIS410 The Interconnected World (w) – 3 hours
  • HIS425 Historiography (w) – 3 hours
  • Two 300-400 level HIS electives – 6 hours
  • POL201 Political Geography – 3 hours
  • POL391 Comparative Political Systems – 3 hours

Total – 45 hours

Professional education requirements
  • EDU100 Foundations of Education or EDU 101 Education Bridge (1 hr) – 3 hours
  • EDU230 Survey of Special Needs Education – 3 hours
  • EDU250 Educational Psychology and Human Development – 3 hours
  • EDU319 Classroom Management for Middle Childhood & AYA Education  – 3 hours
  • EDU329 Differentiated Instruction & Assessment – 3 hours

Total – 15 hours

Adolescent to young adult (AYA) Requirements
  • EDA235 Clinical Curriculum & Instruction for AYA – 3 hours
  • EDA250 General Teaching Methods and Field Experience I  – 3 hours
  • EDA351 Social Studies Methods and Field Experience II – 3 hours
  • EDA490 Adolescent and Young Adult Student Teaching – 12 hours

Total – 21 hours

Reading core Requirements
  • EDU221 Content Area Reading and Writing – 3 hours

Total – 3 hours

Total Hours Required – 121 hours
*Must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in all courses.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.


Creating a Nation: The United States through the Civil War (HIS231) – Beginning with the Pre-Columbian Native American culture, the course investigates European colonization of the Americas, with emphasis on the English experience. The causes and key elements of the American Revolution are analyzed, as are the challenges faced and opportunities enjoyed by the newly independent nation. Students will explore the interacting social, political, economic, military, and religious themes that underscore the nation’s development. The course concludes with an investigation of growing tensions between the North and the South that emerged as the nation moved westward, generating Irreconcilable conflicts that culminated in civil war. This is a writing intensive course.

The United States, 1865-1945: Consolidation, Industrialization, & the Rise to Global Leadership (HIS242) – Efforts to reconstruct the South and uncertainty over the future of freed slaves following the Civil War provide the introduction for this class. Students will also trace the remarkable rise of industrialization and unionism, the “winning of the West,” the challenges of urbanization, unprecedented immigration around 1900 and the country’s growing commitment in Asia following the Spanish-American War. The uncertainties associated with capitalism are explored through investigations of the various depressions that rocked the nation periodically during the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, an investigation of America’s role in two world wars helps students understand how the United States emerged as a world leader in 1945. This is a writing intensive course.

The Challenges of Global Leadership: The United States after 1945 (HIS267) – The class follows the post-war trail of mutual misunderstanding and mistrust between the United States and the Soviet Union, which solidified into intransigent ideological positions during the nearly 4 decades of threat and counter-threat known as the Cold War. Seeking to check perceived Soviet expansion, the nation found itself embroiled in a number of wars in far-flung corners of the post-colonial world. At home, students will discover that the United States enjoyed unprecedented economic growth, but also strident racial and gender equality debates, environmental issues, generational and cultural differences and increasing commercialization. By the late 20th century, issues of globalization, terrorism, population growth and migration, growing political discord and technological innovation left the United States facing a world of uncertainty, but also of opportunity. This is a writing intensive course.


On Campus – Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August


Other History licensure concentrations offered:

This major will provide you with all of the coursework necessary for a degree in integrated social studies. You will also meet the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) licensing requirements and teaching credentials for integrated social studies, grades 7–12.

  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Horizon Science Academy
  • Ohio Virtual Academy
  • Renhill Group Inc.
  • Springboro Community City Schools
  • Toledo Public Schools
  • Vermilion Local Schools
  • Warren County Educational Service Center
  • Winchester Public Schools

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Alexandra Tozzie
Class of 2018
Louisville, Colorado
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