A blending of traditional "readings" courses with primary-source-based, historical analysis courses
Students in pursuit of a traditional M.A. in History will be prepared for doctoral programs and numerous professional careers. Through the historiography course, three "readings" courses, and history elective(s), students will expand upon previous undergraduate work, while the advanced analytical courses prepare the student for interdisciplinary research.
The appeal for all teachers with Pennsylvania teaching certificates is that this program will broaden and deepen their knowledge of history in order to maintain active certification status (in conformity with Act 48) and reach the "highly qualified teacher" category by mastery of content knowledge.
Non-matriculating degree students will have the option of enrolling in a series of courses leading to a certificate in one of four areas: European History, American History, World History, or Teaching Advanced Placement History. This option will appeal especially to educators seeking to qualify for Act 48 or "highly qualified" status. With the approval of the Director, students who earn a certificate may apply the four courses toward either the M.A. in History or the M.A. in History for Educators.