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Bachelor of Arts - Columbus State University

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Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The B.A. program in History and Secondary Education at Columbus State University provides basic and advanced content and pedagogical studies that develop expertise in the teaching of diverse secondary social studies students. Students explore important historical themes and concepts, analyze and model effective instructional strategies, and practice the skills they learn in a variety of secondary school settings

Career Opportunities

The B.A. program in History and Secondary Education leads to entry level certification and qualifies students to teach in grades six through twelve (6-12)

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Teacher Education Program.  During the sophomore year, students intending to complete a teacher education program make formal application to the teacher education program. Normally, this occurs after the student has completed three semesters of full-time course work. Application is made to the  COEHP Office of Student Advising and Field Experiences

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is based on the following:

  • Completion of EDUC 2130: Exploring Learning and Teaching (or approved equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better
  • Completion of 45 earned semester hours in the core with an overall GPA of 2.50 or better on all transcripts and a CSU GPA of 2.50 or better
  • Completion of nine earned semester hours at Columbus State University with a minimum institutional GPA of 2.5 (required of all transfer students)
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Program Admission test or an exemption based upon satisfactory scores on the SAT (1000 combined score), ACT (43 combined score), or GRE (1030 combined score)
  • Good academic standing during the semester in which admission is requested
  • Completion of FBI background check with fingerprints indicating no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that could prevent recommendation for teacher certification
  • Purchase of the Standard Edition of LiveText at
  • Completion of the Program Entry level (350) of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
  • Health and PE majors only: Certificate of successful completion of the Health Fitness Test
  • Have not been withdrawn, removed from or denied admission to a teacher education program or student teaching at CSU or another institution.
  • Failure to disclose information and/or submission of false information may result in immediate dismissal from the College of Education and Health Professions Teacher Education Program.

Additional admissions criteria may be applied at the departmental level. Admission decisions are appealable to the College of Education and Health Professions Undergraduate Council.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of history, curriculum and standards of history education
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of the disciplines of the teacher's specialization
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current trends and practices; identify and use research and resources of the field
  • Identify and use media and technology
  • Demonstrate critical thinking
  • Value cultural diversity as an instructional resource and design and implement instruction effective with diverse learners
  • Identify and use assessment and evaluation techniques
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the teaching profession, lifelong learning and a commitment to the Georgia PSC Code of Ethics for Educators and the NCSS Social Studies Code of Ethics

Additional Program Requirements

To be eligible for CSU's recommendation for a Georgia professional teaching certificate, students must complete a rigorous program of coursework. They also must meet certain other criteria required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Please contact the COEHP Student Advising & Field Experiences office at 706-568-2191 or 706-568-2194 for further information

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
INTS 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112

Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010

Select one of the following fine arts courses

ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select one science course with a lab; the other course may be lab or non-lab:

ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
ATSC 1112/1112L
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
ENVS 1205K
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1121/1121L
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1125/1325 (lab optional)
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
PHIL 2500
STAT 1127
CPSC 1105
CPSC 1301/1301L
GEOG 2215

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
INTS 2105
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours:18
Foreign Language 2001
Foreign Language 2002
HIST 1111 World History to 1500
HIST 1112 World History since 1500

Select one of the following courses:
HIST 2111 U.S. History to 1865
HIST 2112 U.S. History since 1865

Select one of the following courses:

ANTH 2105 Ancient World Civilizations
ARTH 2125 Introduction to the History of Art 1
ARTH 2126 Introduction to the History of Art 2
ARTH 2127 Introduction to Non-Western Art
ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
GEOG 1101 World Regional Geography
GEOG 2215 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 68 
"C" or better required in each course

History Coursework:
HIST 1000 (Five semesters)
HIST 3105 History of Georgia
HIST 3125 Historical Methods
HIST 4795 Senior Research Seminar

Select one 3000-level U.S. History course, one 3000-level
European history course and one 3000-level non-Western world history course.

Select three 5000-level history courses, including one U.S.
History course and either one European history or one non-Western world history course.

Geography and Political Science Coursework:
Select one POLS 3000 or above
Select one GEOG 3000 or above

Education Coursework:
EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts
EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching
SPED 2256 Intro Except. Lrnr in General Ed.

Teacher Certification
EDSE 4205 Teaching Diverse Learners in SS
EDSE 4245 Teaching SS in Grade 7-12
EDUF 4205 Technology for the 21st Century Classroom

Student Teaching Experience
EDCI 4485 Student Teaching
EDUF 4115 Classroom Management

Total Hours Required: 131

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