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About the Social Science 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 will gain an understanding of contemporary society from a social science 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 offers 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 social science
  • Curious
  • Critical thinking
  • Communicates well

Traits for success within a classroom setting

  • Loves being around others
  • Creative, engaging, ad enthusiastic
  • Passionate about teaching
  • Good classroom management skills
  • Works well with others
  • Give concise directions and clear objectives
  • Promotes positive behavior
  • Well-rounded communicator
  • Organized and prepared
  • Knowledgeable of the course material
Zach Wayman

"I chose this major because it allowed me to be a more desirable candidate for education jobs and continue to learn about my favorite subjects: history, psychology, political science and geography. I chose UNK because of the strong teacher education program and welcoming community feel. The history department helped me achieve my goals and grow as a student, an educator and a person by teaching beyond the content."

Zach Wayman

Lexington High School, Lexington, NE