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About the History 7-12 Teaching Field Endorsement Degree Program

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The Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney gives students a working knowledge of past events, people, ideas and values in the United States and in other parts of the world. Students at UNK will gain an understanding of contemporary society from a historical perspective that includes multi-cultural and global contexts. The history department’s courses prepare students for a variety of careers from graduate school to teaching.

UNK’s teacher education programs offer an unmatched reputation and legacy that our graduates take with them to their schools and throughout their careers. Each member of our faculty teaches courses at all levels from freshman surveys through graduate seminars. Many have won awards that recognize the high quality of their scholarship, teaching and service.

Those interested in becoming teachers in Nebraska must first be admitted to a Nebraska approved educator preparation program. The Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators tests are the approved Basic Skills test for program admission. Passing scores must be achieved in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

Personal traits for success in this major

  • Enthusiasm for History
  • Curious
  • Critical thinking
  • Communicates well

Traits for success within a classroom setting

  • Loves being around others
  • Thinks creatively, is engaging and enthusiastic
  • Passionate about teaching youth
  • Good classroom management
  • Able to give concise directions and clear objectives
  • Promotes positive behavior
  • Organized and prepared
  • Knowledgeable of the course material
Tyler McKeone

"I loved the variety of classes offered by the History Department and the quality of professors at UNK. I took a wide variety of classes, taught by experts in the field. I also really appreciated how many research opportunities were available. I was assigned to interview a veteran. That assignment really opened my eyes as to how many wonderful untold stories are out there."


Tyler McKeone

Student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Law School, Lincoln, NE