EDU-260: History and Civics in Elementary Schools

Health & Human Services
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
History and Civics in Elementary Schools
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-131 and ENG-132
Catalog Course Description

Explores topics in history, politics, and civics taught in grades K-8 and prepares students to teach these topics. This course presents a survey of Michigan and American history through Reconstruction, as well as early world history. Core course topics may include but not be limited to the following: social studies in grades K-8, Grade Level Content Expectations, using primary and secondary resources, connecting self to the local community, Michigan history and government, American history and government – early settlers through Reconstruction, the purpose, structure and function of government, core democratic values, early Western hemisphere history, and early Eastern hemisphere history.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Social Studies in grades K-8, Grade Level Content Expectations
  2. Using Primary and Secondary Resources
  3. Connecting Self to Local Community
  4. Michigan History and Government
  5. American History and Government – Early Settlers through Reconstruction
  6. Purpose, Structure and Function of Government
  7. Core Democratic Values
  8. Early Western Hemisphere History
  9. Early Eastern Hemisphere History
  10. Diverse Cultural Heritage
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify significant developments in American history through the Reconstruction period.
  2. Identify significant events in early World History.
  3. Describe past and current structures of American local, state, and national government.
  4. Apply the knowledge of history to explain our “diverse cultural heritage” and “inform our civic judgments.”
  5. Apply the knowledge of American government and politics to explain current political decisions or debates.
  6. Analyze methods of building civic efficacy in children.
  7. Analyze the foundations of the Core Democratic Values.
  8. Apply methods of social studies investigation.
  9. Evaluate primary and secondary historical sources for use in the K-8 classroom.
  10. Identify appropriate Grade Level Content Expectations.
  11. Discuss the purpose of the C3 Framework.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement may include, but not be limited to case studies, unit quizzes, research projects, research paper, group assignments, portfolio review, essay, lab reports, mid-term and final exam.


As determined by the department.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2021
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date