University of Southern Indiana's History Teaching Program Receives National Recognition
The University of Southern Indiana's History Teaching program recently received national recognition by the National Council for the Social Studies. National recognition by NCSS indicates that the combination of the history teaching major and secondary education minor meets rigorous national standards.
Jason Hardgrave, associate professor and history department chair, collaborated with Teacher Education to lead a two-year process that included the development and implementation of an assessment system geared to continuous program improvement.
"By focusing on content and adding pedagogy, working in concert with the education program, we have developed an effective and robust program for social studies teachers," Hardgrave said.
The National Council for the Social Studies is one of eight subject associations that have recognized USI programs. The history teaching program joins the English teaching, early childhood, and special education programs in the distinction of being nationally recognized with no conditions. Individual program review is one required step in the continuation of national accreditation of USI as an educator preparation provider under the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).