History Post-Baccalaureate Program

The History Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bac) program leads to licensure in Social Studies; it is designed for students who already hold a BA. The program begins in May of one year and ends in May the following year. All History Post-Bac applicants must meet with or otherwise contact the History Post-Bac advisor before applying to the program. The advisor is the chair of History, Dr. Joan Clinefelter, and she can be reached at joan.clinefelter@unco.edu or at 970-351-2905. After meeting with the History Post-Bac advisor, applicants must apply to the Graduate School, marking on the application that they are applying to the History Post-Bac program. The deadline is March 15, and we encourage potential applicants to contact the advisor the fall before they apply. Once the applicant has applied to the Graduate School, the application is processed by History and by the Education program. Applicants should understand that they will be taking mostly education courses in the Post-Bac. Questions about the education portion of the Post-Bac can be sent to Dr. Clinefelter, or contact Jonathan Shaw at jonathan.shaw@unco.edu.

Applicants need to understand that this is a demanding program. In the fall semester, it will not be possible to work full time, and in the spring students will be teaching full time in the classroom, so no outside employment will be possible. In addition, if at any point in the program a course is failed or if the GPA drops below a 3.0, History has the right to drop students from the entire program. It is not possible to get the MA in History and do the post-bac at the same time, but we can coordinate such a program. It will take at least three years with the MA in History. Contact Dr. Clinefelter for more details.

The basic requirements for the History Post-Bac are:
For the Graduate School: a 3.0 GPA in at least the last 60 credit hours of course work or a GRE score of at least 1000 combined score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections.

For the History Program: a BA in History with at a minimum 2.5 overall GPA, meet the Graduate School admissions criteria, and have at least a 2.67 GPA in History and other content area courses. Those content area courses, which are prescribed by the State of Colorado, are:
ANT 110: Cultural Anthropology                 
ECON 203: Macroeconomics
GEOG 100: World Geography                      
PSCI 100: US National Government
6 credits in GEOG, ECON or PSCI at the 200 level or above. For these classes, 3 credits may be under one prefix and three credits under another, or all 6 may be in one area. It is highly recommended that 3 of the six credits be in GEOG 200: Human Geography.

Applicants who already have a BA in History will have to take any missing content area courses (ANT, ECON, GEOG, or PSCI), which must be completed by the end of UNC's second summer session. None of these classes should be taken before getting the approval of the History advisor. If there are still classes outstanding, the applicant will not be permitted to continue in the Post-Bac program in the fall without written permission of the History Post-Bac advisor.

If an applicant does not have a BA in History, admission is possible. However, candidates must have at least 18 credits in History courses in order to be considered, with at least a 2.67 in those classes, at least a 2.5 overall GPA, and a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework. Ideally, such students will already have the ANT, ECON, GEOG and PSCI courses completed. Any missing content courses, including History courses, will have to be completed as advised by the History content area advisor. None of these classes should be taken before getting the approval of the History advisor. It should be understood that applicants who lack a History BA will face a more difficult time on the job market, unless they have a BA in Anthropology, Geography, Economics, or Political Science. Moreover, having 18 credits of History does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who must take content area courses will be admitted provisionally to the program. Applicants who need courses from UNC must fill out a Student Information Form from the Registrar's website. Candidates should understand that they will pay graduate fees for any missing undergraduate content area courses at UNC, and that financial aid is not available for these courses. Content area courses may be taken at other institutions, in consultation with the History Post-Bac advisor.

To apply to the History Post-Bac:
1. Meet with or contact the advisor, Dr. Joan Clinefelter (joan.clinefelter@unco.edu) to discuss requirements. Students should either send a copy of their transcripts or bring a transcript with them so that she can determine any requirements that might need to be met.

2. Assemble official copies of transcripts from ALL community colleges or universities; craft a statement explaining why you want to teach History/Social Studies and why you wish to do the Post-Bac (limit 500 words); these are needed for the Graduate School Application.

3. Make arrangements for three letters of recommendation from references who know your work. Click on or go to http://www.unco.edu/grad/forms/index.html and scroll down to the "Letter of Recommendation Form." Click on that for the pdf and print out 3 copies. Fill out the applicant portion and give one copy to each reference to complete. The references need to complete the form and write a letter for that addresses the applicant's abilities and suitability for teaching. Provide the Graduate School address to your references and have them mail the form and letter to the Graduate School.

4. Apply on line to the Graduate School, by clicking here or going to http://www.unco.edu/grad/admissions/howtoapply.html and be sure to indicate that the application is for the Post-Bac in History and that you are seeking licensure.
Once admitted to the program, applicants will be contacted by the PTEP (Professional Teaching Education Program) office. All students must attend the orientation session that will be held in May. The Post-Bac program is very structured and must be done in sequence. The program is organized as follows (please be sure to check to make sure the schedule has not changed). Note that the program described below assumes no content area courses must be taken:

By 15 April: EDFE 125 must be completed. This is a checkpoint 0 credit "class" required for admission to the summer courses. It must be complete and it must be signed by the History Post-Bac advisor and submitted to PTEP for their approval. The form is on line. The easiest way to find it is to go to the UNC website and in the search box, enter EDFE 125. Scroll down, being sure to find the EDFE 125 form and you will find the link to the pdf. All items must be completed before Dr. Clinefelter will sign the form. Bring the complete packet to her office and then take it to McKee 216. When you see Dr. Clinefelter, she will also work to get you enrolled for two if the fall courses.

The Program (please be sure to check that the program has not changed):
Summer Session 1: (all on-line)
EDSE 509: Strategic Studies for Students with Exceptionalities (3 credits)
EDF 500: Conceptions of Schooling (3 credits)
Students should arrange to take either the Place or the PRAXIS 2 test for teaching Social Studies for the June test. Students must pass this test by November or will be unable to be placed for student teaching in the spring. Taking the test in June insures that there is time to retake the test in time for placement, should that be needed.
Summer Session 2: (all on-line)
PSY 500: Educational Psychology for Teachers (3 credits)
EDRD 523 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3 credits)
Fall Semester:
EDFE 554: Secondary Practicum (Note that 160 field hours are required in addition to this course. Students must spend two days a week in schools; 3 credits)
ET 501: Introduction to Applications of Education Technology (on-line; 3 credits)
EDFE 130: A Checkpoint course, application for full-time applicants teaching; there is a deadline and the form must be signed by the History Post-Bac advisor and submitted to PTEP  (0 credits)
HIST 400: Teaching History in the Secondary Curriculum (1 credit)
SOSC 341: Teaching Secondary Social Studies (3 credits)
PRAXIS 2 test or Place test, if not already passed
Spring Semester:
EDFE 555 Supervised Applicants Teaching (12 credits)
Full-time student teaching