We have many majors who graduate as qualified teachers. By working with your faculty advisor to choose your courses carefully, you can complete MCLA's core curriculum requirements, your major requirements, and the teacher certification process in the normal four year time frame.
Students majoring in History can pursue initial licensure as an early childhood, elementary, middle school, or high school teacher. History majors can also pursue initial licensure as a teacher of history, or as a teacher of political science/political philosophy for middle school and secondary levels.
Students seeking initial licensure must complete their major requirements and a licensure program in education in one of the aforementioned areas of teacher licensure.
In an exciting new addition, MCLA now offers incoming students a 4 + 1 program--an opportunity to complete not only a bachelor’s degree and teaching license, but also their master’s degree – all in just five years. Click here for more information or contact the Education department.
Here are examples of schools employing MCLA History graduates as teachers:
Morrison “Mo” Robblee ’19 has pictured himself as a teacher for a long time—and this fall, that picture will come into focus. Robblee, originally from Minnetonka, Minn., has accepted a full-time teaching position at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield.
Extremely popular among his students at nearby McCann Technical School, history teacher Ken Recore ’10 M.Ed ’12 does not limit the material he presents to his ninth and tenth grade students to mere dates and facts to memorize. Instead, to keep the curriculum fresh, he presents it as a series of stories and themes.
Education and history major Siobhan Greene ’17 is a high school teacher on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, where she relies on her education as she teaches various topics. “The broad base of the core curriculum at MCLA has greatly helped me with my wide range of classes.”