History and Social Studies Education

History and social studies education, offered through the Department of History and International Studies at UW-Stevens Point, is an undergraduate program that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach social studies in middle and high school. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor's degree and Wisconsin teaching license in social studies grades 4-12.

In addition to specific general education coursework, students complete a variety of courses that provide opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful certified social studies teachers. Students complete a rigorous social science and history curriculum. Additionally, students complete coursework designed to give them hands-on, practical experience in the application of social science concepts. Practicum experiences allow students to observe and teach actual students from the community to prepare for an eventual career in history and social studies education.

For marketability purposes, students interested in teaching any area of social studies are required to complete a major in history and social studies education.

Praised for its program outcomes, graduation and retention rates, advising services, student organization opportunities and vast program options, UW-Stevens Point was ranked second in the U.S. on Study.com’s Best Colleges for Education Majors list.

Explore Career Opportunities in History and Social Studies Education

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest placement rates of full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation across the UW System.​ For example, more than 80 percent of our recent social studiens education graduates have been hired within one year of graduation. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Get Involved on Campus

Through volunteer opportunities and varied professional development opportunities, you’ll be an active learner closely involved in real-world situations designed to ensure your professional success.

Our students are academically engaged, highly motivated and actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels. Student organizations are vital to your pre-professional experiences. As such, the School of Education sponsors the following organizations: Aspiring Educators, Association for the Education of Young Children, Kappa Delta Pi, and Student Council for Exceptional Children. In addition, many social science education students also participate in the History Club.

You may be lucky enough to work with one of the Neale Fellows, select teachers whose projects make a difference at their schools and who work jointly with faculty teaching your classes.

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in PK-12 classrooms and schools. This includes practicum experiences working with school-aged children early and often throughout the program.

Student teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher candidate’s academic program of study at UW-Stevens Point. It provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to practice and refine their knowledge and skills under the supervision and guidance of cooperating teachers and our own faculty who have dedicated their careers to education and a lifetime of student learning.

Meet Your History and Social Studies Education Professors

Our faculty and staff from the School of Education and Department of History are caring, involved and committed to student success. They are dynamically responsive to the changes happening in education and offer outstanding support to our students’ professional preparation.

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