A History major is excellent preparation for middle and high school teaching. Maybe it was a high school Social Studies teacher who turned you on to the study of history in the beginning. Now you can prepare to pass on the favor.

The History & Political Science Departments work with the College of Education to coordinate the program you will need. 

Note: The program is in the process of changing from a five year program to a four year program

For students who joined the program before Fall 2019

You are in a five-year program. To complete the program and be licensed to teach in the state of Virginia, you need a major in history or political science, a minor in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS), a minor in Pre-professional Secondary Education (SEED), and a fifth-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

For students who join the program after Fall 2019

You are in a four-year program. Double major in history or political science AND secondary education, minor in ISS (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences), graduate in four years with teacher licensure. We are developing a variety of optional fifth-year masters programs.

For students entering in Fall 2019

For this year only, you can choose between the two programs.  For help choosing see Dr. Fitzgerald (fitzgetj@jmu.edu) or Dr. Alison Sandman (sandmaad@jmu.edu)

Specific Advising Information

As registration approaches each semester, we will add a sheet with specific advising information for the next semester, including options for classes, procedures for getting into political science classes, and all sorts of other useful information. 

Information for spring 2020 classes

If this doesn't answer your questions, see your advisor or Dr. Sandman (Wilson 2015).  A secondary school teaching path is also offered through the Political Science Department; for that program, see Dr. Hulsey in the political science department.

For questions about the PRAXIS, student teaching, or getting admitted to the College of Education, see your secondary education advisor.

Information for past semesters:

What I Wish I Knew Prior to the Program

1. “Nap now or forever hold your peace.” –Kelly Sykes, Class of 2014

2. Like the Facebook page for JMU Future Social Studies Educators and get involved.

3. Realize that you will be in debt until you’re forty. Make peace with this early.

4. Get used to acronyms. FYI, acronyms will become part of your daily vocabulary.

5. Keep a list of fun and weird ideas for your classroom. This may make you a nerd, but your life will be so much easier later.

6. “Invest in dining dollars for coffee.” – Taylor Irish, Class of 2013

7. Your classmates are your new BFFs; you’ll never get through it alone.

8. One bad grade won’t ruin your life. Get over yourself.

9. Planners only cost $10 at Target but at least you save your sanity.

10. Club Carrier is not an actual dance club… but Carrier Library does stay open until 2 A.M.

Contact Information

Dillard

Dr. David Dillard, ISS Advisor
Department of History
dillarpd@jmu.edu
Wilson Hall, Room 3004, MSC 2001
540-568-3757

sandman

Dr. Alison Sandman, ISS Coordinator/Advisor
Department of History
sandmaad@jmu.edu
Wilson Hall, Room 2015, MSC 2001
540-568-6182

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