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Graduate Certificate for Secondary Educators

The Graduate Certificate for Secondary Educators prepares students for work in the field of history. The History graduate programs are based upon a solid, committed faculty and multiple resources. The department of history offers courses in a wide variety of topics in the fields of non-western, United States, and European history. Graduate faculty are deeply involved in research and writing in their respective major fields (for more information on the faculty, see the department web page: The department of history encourages a collegial atmosphere in which students and faculty work closely together. Its main goal is to prepare students for further study or for a successful career in history or history education. Besides a faculty rich in its diversity and talents, the location of the university in the capital city of Idaho gives students access to the State Archives, Idaho State Historical Museum, the state’s Law Library, the Survey Research Center, the Frank Church Archive, and other research facilities. Boise State University’s Albertsons library has a collection of almost 550,000 bound volumes and periodicals and subscribes to more than 4,900 serials. It is also a selective US Government and Canadian document depository, as well as an Idaho State depository. The interlibrary loan system makes the holdings of other excellent collections accessible to Boise State students. Several large corporations with home offices in Boise have opened their archives to students and faculty doing research on department-supported topics.

Certificate Requirements

This is a professional certificate providing experienced secondary educators who do not desire a Masters degree the requisite graduate-level training needed to teach concurrent enrollment courses in History.

Graduate Certificate in History for Secondary Educators

Course number & TitleCredits
GCOLL 516 Exploration of Pedagogy2
HIST 500 The Nature of History3
HIST 501 The Study of History3
History electives approved by advisor and linked to the concurrent enrollment courses they plan to teach, with no more than three (3) credits from HIST 591-598 courses. 9