Social Studies & History Endorsement Requirements

Required Coursework

Applicants to the UW Bothell Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification M.Ed. who plan to earn an endorsement in Social Studies must have completed coursework in the following areas prior to starting the fieldwork portion of the program. Courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of 2.5.

Please note: it is not necessary to have completed an entire course in the content area. One course may cover multiple content areas if content was addressed in depth.

The following list contains examples of course content that meet the requirements for each subject area.  Applicants may have completed courses with equivalent content.   

Global Studies - 2 courses

Examples of course content:

  •  History and Globalization: The phenomenon of globalization has attracted the attention of many academic disciplines which often attribute novelty to trends that have in fact been around for centuries. Provides a historical perspective on current debates about globalization. Approaches may vary with instructor.
  • International Political Economy: The study of interrelations between international politics and economics. Addresses the Bretton Woods institutions, differing political conceptions of international economic relations, trade, trade restrictions, trade agreements, global financial flows, migration, and exchange rates. Methods emphasize institutional analysis, historical analysis, accounting frameworks, and formal economic models.

American History - 2 course

Examples of course content:

  •  U.S. Politics and Culture to 1865: Survey of U.S. history from pre-European and Native American contact to the end of the Civil War, focusing on the interplay between political and cultural institutions, ideology, and daily practice.
  •  U.S. Politics and Culture from 1865: Survey of U.S. history from the Civil War to the present focusing on the interplay between political and cultural institutions, ideology, and daily practice.

Washington State/Pacific Northwest History - 1 course

Example of course content:

  •  Pacific Northwest History - Studies the evolution and development of the Pacific Northwest beginning with Native American societies and settlements. Major themes include: cultures meeting and in conflict, exploration and settlement, American expansion, economic exploitation, radical labor movements, role in the World Wars, and contemporary issues in a changing economy and multi-cultural society.

Ancient World (pre-600 C.E.) - 1 course

Example of course content:

  • World History I: Situates human history within broadest possible context -- from beginning of the universe, through early earth history and the origin and evolution of earth' s biomass and the human species to the development of the great classical societies of China, India, Persia, and the Mediterranean.

American Government - 1 course

Examples of course content:

  •  Introduction to American Government: Examines the major institutions and processes of American government, including civil liberties and rights, federalism, Congress, the presidency, the judiciary, executive branch, political parties and elections, interest groups, and civic engagement.
  •  U.S. Political Processes:  Studies interaction between U.S. governmental institutions at all levels and civil society. Examines a variety of theoretical viewpoints and the relationships between private and public institutions, behaviors, and traditions.

Geography - 1 course

Examples of course content:

  •  Environmental Geography: Investigates the interactions of a dynamic planet and society. Analyzes geographic variability and the human consequences of environmental phenomena such as climate, natural resources, natural hazards, and infectious diseases. Emphasizes the application of geographic tools and methods.
  •  Regional Environments and People: Introduces the basic physical and environmental processes responsible for shaping the Earth's surface as well as geographic tools used for analysis. Specific regions of the world are then studied in order to establish relationships between the people that live in those regions and the natural world that surrounds them.

Economics - 1 course

Examples of course content:

  •  Introduction to Microeconomics:Analysis of markets: consumer demand, production, exchange, the price system, resource allocation, government intervention.
  •  Comparative Political Economies:  Examines the production and distribution of goods, the organization of labor, and systems of wealth and power in diverse cultural settings within and outside the realm of "classical" capitalist development. Analyzes interactions between political constituencies and the economies they attempt to govern.

(Methodology and/or Research in a Social Science course no longer required for admissions as of Autumn 2016.)

Earning the History endorsement requires completion of all of the above Social Studies coursework in addition to the History courses below and successfully passing the WEST-E test in History.

European History/Western Civilization - 2 courses

Examples of course content:

  • Twentieth Century Europe: Introduction to themes in 20th-century European history (1890s-1900s), including the histories of fascism, world war, communism, decolonization, and the fate of Europe under the European Union.
  • Paris: The City and Its History: Explores the issues of urban culture and history in the city of Paris. Uses pertinent primary and secondary texts to explore why Paris has been regarded as the jewel of European cities and what constitutes its sense of place.

U.S. History Sequence (pre- and post-1865) - 2 courses

  • See U.S. History examples above.

Under-represented Groups in U.S. - 1 course

Examples of course content

  • Exploring American Culture: Americans at the Margins: Examines a range of American folklore and folklife, including folk speech, worldview, and folk medicine and religion. Focuses on the relationship between the ideologies of official/institutional cultures and folk cultures. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.
  • Native American Cultures: The Northwest Coast: An interdisciplinary introduction to the Native Cultures of the Northwest Coast (northwestern California to southeastern Alaska). Combines an areal-topical approach (language, subsistence, material culture, social organization, religion, oral/literary traditions, visual arts) with a more in-depth examination of several Northwest Coast culture groups.



Use the Transcript Review Form for Social Studies Endorsement Coursework to determine if you have completed the required courses.