In the parable of the talents, Jesus describes a “steward” as one who has responsibility for someone else’s assets. As a teacher, you will have responsibility for a very precious resource – your students. At Huntington, we’ll help you become an effective steward of priceless young minds and hearts.
As a social studies education major, you will receive rigorous training in history while gaining comprehensive experience in a series a courses, field experiences and, of course, student teaching during your senior year.
But student teaching will not be your first experience in the classroom. At Huntington, you will gain specifically designed skills for social studies education majors that will give you hands-on, practical experiences every semester. You will complete a three-week, full-day practicum in a multicultural school in Fort Wayne as well as observation and participation hours in the actual classroom before you ever begin student teaching. At Huntington, you will gain wide exposure to different grade levels and styles of teaching and learning.
As a history student, you will learn both content and process. Our department places a strong emphasis on three things: studying history as a means of improving your “cultural literacy”; striving to understand your own world view and that of others; and acquiring a mastery of critical historical methodology – that is, understanding how historians work.
Huntington students have a very high rate of passage on state education competency tests. Our NCATE-accredited program is specifically designed for students who wish to obtain an Indiana teaching license. Reciprocity agreements with other states help our graduates find employment all across the country. Along with being NCATE accredited, our program is also nationally recognized by NCATE.