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TEACH Program

What is the TEACH program?

In this program, students will earn a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Education in Social Science: History in just five years.  In addition to the degrees, students who complete the program will earn a State of Illinois secondary education teaching certification and receive credentials to teach at the secondary level.  It would normally take six years to complete these degrees if you were to pursue them separately. A full description of the Program can be found in the College of Education graduate course catalog.

When should I apply? Am I eligible for the program?

To be eligible for the program, you must:

1. be a declared History major at DePaul University; 
2. have reached junior status with at least 88 completed quarter hours or at least 16 completed quarter hours at DePaul if a transfer student; 
3. have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; 
4. be enrolled in or finished with the prerequisite Junior Year Experiential Learning course, TCH 320: Exploring Teaching in an Urban High School. 

As a history major, what social science courses should I take during my freshman and sophomore years if I’m interested in applying?

You will need to take at least one class in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, and Psychology in this program.  We strongly suggest that you complete as many of these courses as possible during your first two years.  Here is a list of recommended social science classes:

ANT 102 (SSMW domain course)
ECO 101 or 106 (SSMW domain course)
GEO 101 (SI course)
PSC 120 (SSMW domain course)
SOC 101 (SSMW domain course)
PSY 105 (SSMW domain course)

Note that all of these classes fulfill either a Self, Society, and the Modern World or a Scientific Inquiry requirement.   If you’ve already completed these requirements, please e-mail to the TEACH advisor to see what additional social science classes you should take.

What history classes should I take in order to complete the TEACH program?

As part of your history major, you will need to complete the following:

1. Four US history courses (preferably including HST 181-182-183)
2. Four non-US history courses (World, European, Asian, African or Latin American)
3. Of these eight classes, at least two need to be upper division (i.e. 300 level courses)
4. HST 298 and HST 299, both prerequisites for your upper division history classes.

How do I apply?

Students must submit the following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:

1. Completed application
​2. $40 application fee​
3. One official transcript from each college and/or university you have attended
4. Two letters of recommendation from professors (at least one from a faculty member in your disciplinary area)
5. Statement of purpose indicating professional development goals and related experience (750 words)

When do I apply?

The application deadline is June 15 of the applicant's junior year (spring quarter).