Interested in being a Secondary History Teacher?
If you have an undergraduate degree in History, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in History and you will not need to follow the steps below. However, please follow all previously described application submission steps.
If you have an undergraduate degree in any major other than History, you may also qualify to enter the MAT. You will need 30 credit hours of coursework in History which may qualify you to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Secondary History.
You can do a preliminary transcript review yourself through the following:
Identify your coursework in History. Coursework includes the following topics:
- United States History
- World History
- Behavioral Sciences
- Short Content Essays
You may visit the ETS Website Link at http://www.ets.org/s/praxis/pdf/
0086.pdf to review description of each topic. This will help you to determine the number of credits and courses you have that could apply to content specialization in Secondary History.
You can also do a preliminary transcript review yourself by following these steps:
- Use the chart below, based on National Standards, to determine what courses you have in each of the standard areas.
- Highlight the qualifying courses on your transcript and place the name of the course and the number of credits in the columns.
- Then add up the total number of credits in the right column and read the note at the bottom of the page.
Competencies Demonstrated (Based upon the National Standards for Secondary History)
Course prefix, number and name (Ex. History 450)
# Credits Place in this Row
Energy, work and power
Past, present, future time; historical narratives in proper chronological framework
Develop historical comprehension in order that they might reconstruct the literal meaning of a historical passage; draw upon data in historical maps, charts, and other graphic organizers; draw upon visual, literary, or musical sources
Guide practicing skills of historical analysis and interpretation, consider multiple perspectives, analyze cause and effect relationships, compare competing historical narratives, recognize the tentative nature of historical interpretations, and hypothesize the influence of the past
Understand how historians study history
Developing historical research capabilities; formulate historical questions, obtain historical data, question historical data, identify gaps in available records, place records in context and construct sound historical interpretations
Identify issues and problems in the past, recognize factors contributing to such problems, identify and analyze alternative courses of action, formulate a position or course of action and evaluate the implementation of that decision
Acquiring knowledge of historical content in United States history in order to ask large and searching questions that compare patterns of continuity and change in the history and values of the many peoples who have contributed to the development of the continent of North America
Acquiring knowledge of the history and values of diverse civilizations throughout the world, including those of the West and in comparing patterns of continuity and change in different parts of the world
You may also visit the website at http://downloads.ncss.org/
NCSSTeacherStandardsVol1-rev2004.pdf to review the National Standards for Secondary History Teacher.
If you have a total of 30 credits in the right column, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in History. If you have less than 30 credits, you may or may not qualify for this specialization, and/or other preliminary "qualifying" courses may be needed. Transcripts missing 3 credits will take special review by a transcript specialist.
If you think you may qualify for the History specialization, please continue with the application process. If you have a different content specialist interest area, please go back to the FAQ page and click on one of the other content area links.