To graduate from McMurry with certification to teach in the Texas public schools, students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. They then take a number of education classes as well as classes in their teaching subject area. Those who hope to be history or social studies teachers in the Texas public schools have several degree options:
B.A. Degree in History
History, Grades 8-12 Certificate: A student intending to be certified to teach history in the Texas public schools is a history major who minors in Curriculum and Instruction (grades 8-12) rather than in some other subject field.
Social Studies, Grades 8-12 Certificate: A student wishing to be certified as a social studies teacher for grades 8-12 in the Texas public schools earns a B.A. degree in history with two minors: one in Curriculum and Instruction, and one in social studies. The social studies minor consists of the following classes: PSC 2310, PSC 2320, PSC 3310, ECON 2310, ECON 2320; either PSC 4330 or 4335; and either PSC 4340 or 4350.
B.S. Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies
Social Studies, Grades 4-8 Certificate: In addition to the required education courses, the student takes 51 hours of social science courses: 27 hours of history (1310, 1320, 2310, 2320, 3310, 3377, 4380, plus 6 advanced U.S. history); 6 hours of economics (2310, 2320); 6 hours of geography (3310, 3320); and 12 hours of political science (2310, 2320, plus 6 advanced hours).