Other Concentrations

Teaching Concentration

This concentration is intended for students already licensed for teaching or seeking licensure. Although it includes course work in history and education, completion of this concentration alone is not sufficient to qualify for licensure. A licensure program is offered by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), and admission is limited. Students are advised to consult with CEHD for specific requirements regarding licensure.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30 or 36

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this degree must complete the requirements for one of the concentrations below. The concentrations in higher education and teaching require 36 credits, all others require 30 credits.

  • Concentration in Predoctoral History (AH1, EH1, WH1)
  • Concentration in Applied History (AH2, EH2, WH2)
  • Concentration in Applied History with New Media and Information Technology Emphasis (AH4, EH4, WH4)
  • Concentration in Enrichment (AH3, EH3, WH3)
  • Concentration in Higher Education (HEDU)
  • Concentration in Teaching (HS4)

Concentration in Teaching (HS4)

This concentration offers students interested in a career in secondary education the option to devote part of their History MA to graduate cousrework that can be applied toward the requirements for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students who have an interest in obtaining licensure to teach should meet with a pre-Education advisor in the College Of Education and Human Development at the beginning of their program to create a plan for completion of the required content-coursework prerequisites (Endorsements). You can view information here: https://cehd.gmu.edu/endorse/ or contact the Pre-Education Advising Coordinator at endorse@gmu.edu. Students seeking licensure must also enroll in the Secondary Education Licensure Graduate Certificate program (E1-CERG-SELC), a state-approved educator preparation program. Upon completion of the discipline-specific content competencies coursework; the MA in History, concentration in teaching; and the Secondary Education Licensure Graduate Certificate, students will be eligible for recommendation for an initial teaching license in Secondary Education History and Social Science.

Required Course

HIST 610 The Study and Writing of History 1 3
Total Credits 3

Must be taken within the first 9 credits. 


Select six courses in history, at least one course each from U.S., European, and world history 18
Total Credits 18

Research Seminar

Select one research seminar from the following: 3
Research Seminar in U.S. History  
Research Seminar in European History  
Research Seminar in Comparative World History  
Total Credits 3

College of Education and Human Development Graduate Courses

EDCI 567 Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School 3
EDUC 522 Foundations of Secondary Education 3
EDRD 619 Literacy in Content Areas 3
EDUC 672 Human Development and Learning: Secondary Education 3
Total Credits 12
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