AA, Secondary Education, History

Program Description

The Associate of Arts Degree, Secondary Education, History is designed for students seeking careers in secondary education (junior and senior high schools) who wish to teach history and/or social studies. The degree requirements include a well-balanced general education curriculum. Program specific curriculum provides students with educational theory and practical field work in the secondary education school settings as well as a selection of topics in History.

This course of study is designated as a university transfer program that meets the requirements for the first two years of study for the bachelor of arts degree in secondary education history at University of Nevada (UNR) and Nevada State College (NSC). Please note: any questions about requirements when entering a teaching certification program need to be addressed by advisors for the specific university of interest.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
EDU 202 Introduction to Secondary Education 3
HIST 101 US History to 1877 3
MATH 120 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 3
Foreign Language or Elective 3-4
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
HIST 102 U. S. History since 1877 3
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics 3
Science 3
Foreign Language or Elective 3-4
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
HIST 105
European Civilization to 1648
or European Civilization since 1648
PSY 101
General Psychology
or Principles of Sociology
Fine Art 3
Lab Science 3
Foreign Language or Elective 3-4
 Semester Total16
4th semester
ECON 102
Principles of Microeconomics
or Principles of Macroeconomics
GEOG 106
Introduction to Cultural Geography
or World Regional Geography
HIST 251 Introduction to Historical Methods 3
Foreign Language or Elective 3
 Semester Total12
 Total Units60

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements 2
Including ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Recommended ART 263, ART 270, DAN 101 or THTR 210 which also counts for Diversity requirement.
Required HIST 105 or HIST 106
Required MATH 120 or Higher
Science (1 Lab Required)6
Note, If you choose a 4 unit Lab Science the extra unit will count as an elective.
Social Science3
Required PSY 101 or SOC 101
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 4[3]
Foreign Language 30-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Required PSC 101
Degree Requirements
ECON 102Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECON 103 Principles of Macroeconomics
EDU 202Introduction to Secondary Education3
GEOG 106Introduction to Cultural Geography3
or GEOG 200 World Regional Geography
HIST 101US History to 18773
HIST 102U. S. History since 18773
HIST 251Introduction to Historical Methods3
Students should choose electives based on which transfer institution they plan to attend.
Introduction to Special Education 5
Exploration of Children's Literature 5
Preparing Teachers to Use Technology 5
Child Psychology 5
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102/ENG 114, the additional 3 required units will become elective credit.


See the approved General Education page for a complete list of courses. 


Please Note: Students transferring to NSC do not need to meet foreign language requirement. Students transferring to UNR must complete the requirement. For all other transfer institutions please refer to their requirements.

Options to Complete the Foreign Language Requirement:

  • Complete a fourth-semester transferable college course in a foreign language.
  • Complete a fourth-semester transferable college course in American Sign Language (AM).
  • Demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means. Students interested in taking a placement examination should contact the TMCC testing center at 775-673-8241 for information.
  • Complete four years of high school foreign language.

Students who have proficiency in a foreign language that is equivalent to that of students who have completed four semesters of college-level foreign language may be eligible to waive this requirement. Students will be required to provide appropriate documentation to the department to support this claim. Contact the Humanities department at 775-674-7945 or TMCC Academic Advising at 775-673-7062 for information.
Additional elective units may be necessary to meet the total degree requirements.


May also be used to satisfy another General Education, Degree/Emphasis, or Elective requirement.


Course is part of 2+2 agreement with Nevada State College (NSC). This course is not needed for UNR. 


HIST elective transfers to both UNR and NSC.


Up to two lower division HIST courses from this list will be accepted by NSC.


Students completing the emphasis will demonstrate the scope of knowledge and skills based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards.

The INTASC standards are:
  1. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and the structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
  2. The teacher understands how children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.
  3. The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  4. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  5. The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.
  6. The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  7. The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, the community, and curriculum goals.
  8. The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.
  9. The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  10. The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well-being.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same of similar discipline.