The History/Social Sciences Teacher Certification Program recognizes the importance of solid content knowledge and pedagogical strategies as they apply to Illinois History. In order to ensure that our certification candidates are prepared to teach such content we have integrated the history, geography, government, and economic issues of Illinois into several facets of our program:
Illinois' history is vast in scope and varied in nature. Some of the nation's most significant events and achievements happened within our state. Some of what happens here is also purely local. As we engage the study of Illinois history and social facets our students learn about the study of hsitory itself, how to apply concepts from multiple fields of social science to events, oral history, public history, and the nation's story.
This broad sequence of engagement with Illinois as a case study and as a focal point allows students to study the local while understanding the global and develop a better understanding of the world around them.