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Graduate Certificate in Teaching Advanced History and Government

This certificate is designed for current and prospective secondary school social studies teachers.  With the increased popularity of Advanced Placement and Honors courses at the high school level, a growing number of secondary school teachers find themselves teaching courses that the College Board deems comparable to college level courses.  This Certificate aims to help such teachers to deepen their substantive content knowledge and enriches their expertise with effective pedagogical methods and theories.  It particularly tries to capitalize on the fact that many teachers oftentimes teach paired AP in history and political science (e.g. AP Government and US history), but that there are few inter-disciplinary programs that permit teachers to take courses in such cognate fields. This graduate certificate allows students at Villanova to combine studies in History and Political Science as well as further integrate them with relevant pedagogy courses in Education while maximizing the opportunity for individual choice.

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Advanced History and Government requires students to complete 15 credits in a combination of history, education, and political science courses.  In order to maximize flexibility, students can choose how to distribute these 15 credits among curriculums in either American History/Government; European History/Comparative Government or International Relations; or World History/Comparative Government or International Relations (See Sample Curriculum under Program Structure).  Students will take at least one course in each discipline and two courses in two of the disciplines.  Given the variation among secondary school curriculums, this flexibility allows teachers to tailor their certificate program to best fit their professional needs.

The certificate requires students to complete five courses in total; one to two each in History, Political Science and Education. The History courses would be selected from among courses in US, European, and World history in line with the curriculum in advanced high school courses.  The Political Science courses would complement the History courses and would focus on American government, comparative politics, or international relations.  The Education courses could include Philosophy of Education, Methods of Teaching Social Studies, Multiculturalism and Gender in schools, Policy Analysis, and three workshop options. The graduate certificate could be pursued as a post-baccalaureate certificate, a post-master’s certificate, or a certificate pursued in conjunction with study for a Master’s degree.

AP US History and AP US Government and Politics:

PSC 7175 (Topics in American Government)

PSC 8110 (U.S. Congress) or PSC 8120 (U.S. Presidency)

HIS 8021 (Early American Republic)

EDU 8673 (Philosophy of Education)

EDU 8550 (Methods of Teaching English and Social Studies)


PSC 7171 (Topics in American Government)

HIS 8016 (Revolutionary America)

HIS 8026 (US Civil War)

EDU 8673 (Philosophy of Education)

EDU 8550 (Methods of Teaching English and Social Studies)


AP European History and AP Comparative Government and Politics:

HIS 8231 (French Revolution and Napoleonic Era)

HIS 8241 (European Nationalism 1815-1870) or HIS 8274 (Twentieth Century Europe)

PSC 7375 (Topics in Comparative Politics)

PSC 8320 (Russian Politics) or PSC 8340 (Latin American Politics)

EDU 8673 (Philosophy of Education)


AP World History and AP Comparative Government and Politics:

HIS 8426 (Modern China)

HIS 8433 (Imperialism and Nationalism in the Middle East)

PSC 8330 (African Politics)

EDU 8550 (Methods of Teaching English and Social Studies)

EDU 8678 (Multiculturalism and Gender in Schools)

Abigail Minor
Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Political Science
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
Phone: 610.519.4710
Fax: 610.519.7487