Teaching can be a rewarding career for those that want to help students learn and grow. History teachers typically specialize in a specific period such as “the Renaissance” or “European history” and teach their students about notable people, important events, and context within the modern lens. This role of storyteller and translator is an important intersection in learning that serves to contextualize historical events for young people that have no other basis for understanding.
History teachers need to have a deep understanding of the period they are teaching to communicate and provide insight to their students. They must be able to draw parallels with current events to further their students’ empathy and understanding of an event.
Becoming a history teacher requires a four-year bachelor’s degree, and a master’s or Ph.D. with a specialization if the goal is to teach at the collegiate level. Due to the hands-on nature of lab work, teaching degrees require in-person coursework. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that opportunities in this field will grow by eight percent from 2020-2030.Click Here to See the Best Colleges in the US
University of Illinois Chicago offers 2 History Teacher Education degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 22 History Teacher Education students graduated with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees, and 5 Master's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA||17 : 1||14,934|
|Lipscomb University Nashville, TN||21 : 1||4,884|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA||23 : 1||48,149|
|Appalachian State University Boone, NC||19 : 1||20,023|
|Centenary University Hackettstown, NJ||25 : 1||1,629|