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Social Studies Endorsement Requirements

The following endorsements are required for the UW Masters in Teaching program application; requirements for certification programs at other schools may vary. These endorsements are for teaching certification only and will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. The specific History courses listed here represent courses commonly offered through our department which fulfill endorsement requirements; other combinations of courses could meet these requirements. Undergraduates interested in pursuing an endorsement should consult with an advisor in the History Undergraduate Advising office in order choose the best course of action for them.

Please note: Undergraduates at the University of Washington who entered prior to Autumn 2007 may use the "old" (pre-2008) guidelines instead of these. This policy is in recognition of work they may have already done according to old guidelines; no other candidates may use old endorsement guidelines.

Transcript Evaluation for Endorsement

To complete the Social Studies Endorsement Evaluation portion of the Masters in Teaching program application, students need to make an appointment with the History Advising Offfice in Smith Hall 315. Students from other schools must provide us with transcripts from all colleges and universities (these can be unofficial transcripts). Please be prepared to provide offical descriptions of courses that may meet endorsement requirements.

60 credits total, including 35 in History, with a 2.5 in each course.

35 credits of History coursework, with a 2.5 in each course, including:

Coursework in World Civilizations

15 credits

A combination of courses to cover the development of at least two civilizations on two different continents. Student must follow one civilization from its earliest origins until the very late 20 th century, and the other for at least 400 years.
e.g. HSTAM 111,112,113 (Europe) HSTAFM 151,152 (Africa) HSTAFM 161 (Middle East) HSTAA 185 (Latin Am.)
HSTAS 201, 202 (India) HSTAS 211 (China) HSTAS 212 (Korea) HSTAS 241 (Japan)

NOTE: Courses in U.S. History may not count towards this requirement

United States History

10 credits

Coursework to cover the entirety of American history, including indigenous peoples; colonization; American Revolution; slavery; Civil War and Reconstruction; development of the West; emergence of the US as a world power; Cold War & international relations; US in the late 20 th century.
e.g. HSTAA 101 HSTAA 105 HSTAA 301,302,303 HSTAA 301,411,235

NOTE: Must include 5 cr. Upper-Division

Washington State and Pacific Northwest History

5 credits

Coursework that covers the key themes and eras in regional history including Northwest Coastal and Plateau tribes through 1889; immigration and settlement; emergence of Washington state, contemporary history. This is in addition to the 10 cr. of U.S. History required for the Social Studies endorsement. e.g. HSTAA 432 ORHSTAA 433 ORHSTAA 417

Coursework in Historical Methodology and/or Research

5 credits

Junior seminar (HSTRY 388) or senior seminar (HSTRY 494 or 498)


American Government

5 credits

Coursework which examines the core institutions and processes of American government, including its fundamental documents, the functions of international relations, American foreign policy, and the use of media as a means of influence. e.g. POLS 202; 303; 318; 319; 350; 351; 352; 353; 354; 355; 357; 360; 361


5 credits

Broad coursework which explores spatial interaction, including economic geography; urban, social, cultural and political geographies; society and nature relations; development studies, and GIS in the contexts of its social uses and data quality considerations.
NOTE: Physical geography or any coursework in which people are not the key focus will not be accepted.

e.g., Any lower-division UW GEOG course except GEOG 205


5 credits

Introduction to Macro- or Microeconomics e.g. ECON 100; 200; or 201

Anthropology, Sociology, or Psychology

5 credits

e.g. AIS 311 or312 , ARCHY 205; 303; 304; or 320
BIOA 201
JSIS 200; 202; 302; or 345
ANTH 202; 203; 204; 206; 207; 208; 301; 305; 306; 310; 313; 314; 315; 316; 318; 353; 358; 359; or 370
PSYCH 101; 102; 201; 205; 210; 305; or306
SOC 110, 212, 240, 270, 271, 347, 352, 356, 360, 362

Social Science

5 credits

One additional Social Science course in any of the above areas outside History

If you have questions about the endorsement requirements or would like the History department to review your transcripts for the endorsement, please contact an adviser.