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History (BA) + MS in Education Dual-Level Program

Learn the proper pedagogy for teaching social studies for 7–12 grade alongside a deep, interdisciplinary dive into various historical periods.

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Why History (BA) + MSEd?

A foundational understanding of history is essential to understanding and interacting with the present. This dual-level program has the same career end goal of the Secondary Social Studies Education major (to be a certified teacher), but the dual-level program allows for more history courses throughout its course of study. And at the end of five years, you’ll have two degrees: a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in education. The majority of public school teachers in 2017–18 (58%) held a postbaccalaureate degree, so being a first-year teacher with a master’s degree already in-hand will put you among the ranks.

History (BA) + MSEd at Cairn

Academic Opportunity

Prepare a final thesis paper or project on a topic of personal literary interest and an Instructional Design Project on specific pedagogical principles.

Career Preparation

Add a certification in TESOL or special education.

Personalized Education

Study in a interdisciplinary setting to make connections in the past with other curriculum.


Take graduate courses fully online, which provides schedule flexibility in the last two years of study.

Hands-On Education

Complete a Student Teaching assignments in multiple school settings related to your career goals (public or private, suburban or urban).

Honor Program

Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a specific literary time period or writing style.

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Required Credits: 163

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • HIS 231 Historical Inquiry & Research
    • EDU 602 Ed Assessment/Adapt
    • EDU 401 Philosophy of School Ed
    • EDU 716 Global Trends in Education
    • EDU 791 Instructional Design Project

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

Mike Zimmerman

Mike Zimmerman

Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Professor Zimmerman teaches history and humanities courses for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He previously spent 11 years as a Public High School and Middle School teacher in North Philadelphia. He is married to his wife, Anna, and together they have three children: Michael III, Valyn and Leonidas.

Sheryl Vasso

Sheryl Vasso

Chair, MS in Education; Professor, School of Education

Dr. Vasso teaches on diverse topics in education, including models of teaching, educators and education in film, children’s literature, curriculum design, and assessment. She has taught at all levels from elementary to post-graduate, including teaching teachers on 5 different continents.

In addition to teaching at Cairn, she is founder and president of Words of Worth, Inc. In that ministry, she teaches and writes Bible studies on various topics and books of the Bible. She enjoys speaking for church and para-church organizations, national and international conferences, and for various schools providing professional in-services for educators.

What Our Students Have To Say

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Kendrick Thiessen

Studying history at Cairn has broadened my perspective, challenged my assumptions, and has given me a greater appreciation for the world God has created. The zealous professors make the classroom enjoyable, enhancing the classroom dynamic. I like that my teachers know my name and that we have a bond, rather than being a number in a lecture hall.

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