Graduate Certificate in History

The program is designed for, but not limited to, classroom teachers in social studies seeking advanced preparation in specific history content areas. Students will improve their professional preparation by expanding knowledge of content areas, research and writing skills and selecting areas of study linked to their professional goals. The program has been designed to expand the ability of teachers to instruct across the curriculum based upon the district standards.

Students currently enrolled in a program for social studies credential in the College of Education, may also pursue the certificate. If they are pre-bachelor's students, their enrollment must conform to the policy of the Graduate School regarding enrollment of undergraduates in graduate level courses as stated in the University catalog.

Students with majors in disciplines of the social sciences or humanities whose goals include historical writing, research, study and or applied history, may also work toward the certificate.


To pursue the certificate, students must meet one of these requirements: a Bachelor's degree in a humanities or social science; a Bachelor's degree in Education; or Teaching Credential; or if they are undergraduates, they may pursue the certificate provided they are working on one of the degrees or credentials described above.

How to apply

  1. Review the requirements for admission
  2. Enroll as a "Grad Special"
  3. Notify the graduate director of your intent to pursue the certificate
  4. Undergraduates need to contact the graduate director before enrolling

Program requirements

Students must complete 12 units of graduate-level courses with a grade of at least B-. At least three credits must be taken at the 700 level. Students must meet with the graduate director to plan their course work.