Bachelor’s in Secondary History & Government Education at KU

Undergraduate Research Award Recipient Paul Fowler III researching African American population in Lawrence during the depression in the Spencer Research Library.

Program Overview

The bachelor's degree in secondary history and government teacher education at the University of Kansas prepares individuals to teach in both middle school and high school classrooms. History and government is also commonly known as social studies. The teacher education program combines history, political science, and geography courses and professional education coursework with multiple field experiences in diverse communities.

Career Outcomes in History & Government Teacher Education

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in secondary history and government education from the University of Kansas will have fulfilled the requirements for the degree as well as the requirements for an initial teaching license for 6th through 12th grade in Kansas. The bachelor's degree in secondary history and government prepares students to work as teachers in the classroom, as well as with other education-related organizations. Potential position titles after graduation could include:

  • History and government teacher
  • Middle or high school instructor
  • Extracurricular activities sponsor

The history and government education program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory.

Career Statistics

$55K salary

Graduates can expect an average salary of $55,000 in Kansas, according to the Kansas State Department of Education.

Special education

Students who successfully complete this program at KU may be eligible to take advantage of a provisional licensure endorsement in special education.

TESOL opportunities

Students who successfully complete this program at KU may be eligible to take advantage of a licensure endorsement in TESOL.

Graduate study

Those who choose to pursue an advanced degree after graduation are considered for many highly-selective master's & doctoral programs across the U.S.

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