Grad Cert: History Education Certificate

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Deepening Knowledge of History’s Meaning

American historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Walter A. McDougall wrote, “If taught well, history trains young minds in the rules of evidence and logic, teaches them how to approximate truth through the patient exposure of falsehood, and gives them the mental trellis they need to place themselves in time and space and organize every other sort of knowledge they acquire in the humanities and sciences. To deny students history, therefore, is to alienate them from their community, nation, culture, and species.”

Students in the Graduate Certificate in History Education will reflect critically on methodologies as well as the general significance and meanings of the discipline.

For History and Social Studies Educators

The Graduate Certificate in History Education is designed for practicing teachers, instructional coordinators, and history educators in the community who are seeking to deepen their knowledge of history education. It offers history and social studies educators a program that integrates historical and educational knowledge, theory, and practice. The goals of the certificate are to improve the practice of history education in schools and the community, to research in history and social studies education, to deepen students’ historical knowledge, and to encourage sophisticated teaching and curriculum development built on research at the intersection of history and the learning sciences.

Graduate Certificate

Contact Advisor:

Laura Westhoff

467 Lucas Hall
p: (314) 516-5692

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1

Admission Requirements

Applicants wishing to pursue the Graduate Certificate in History Education in conjunction with an MA degree or an MED should follow the normal application procedures for their respective Master’s level program. Applicants wishing to pursue the Graduate Certificate in History Education alone normally must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher and should apply specifically for this certificate program and submit three letters of recommendation and a writing sample along with their application.

Program Requirements

All candidates for Graduate Certificate in History Education must complete:

HIST 6013Historical and Theoretical Foundations of US History in Schools and Communities3
HIST/TCH ED 6115Historical Thinking in Theory and Practice I3
HIST 6116Historical Thinking in Theory and Practice II3

Students must take an additional nine credits at the graduate level in History or Education courses as approved by the Program Director.

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Laura M. Westhoff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

A native St. Louisan, Dr. Westhoff, joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty in 1999 and is jointly appointed in the History Department and the Division of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. She has served as co-author and lead historian on several Teaching American Histor...