I'm starting to become accustom to the idea of 30. Its not quite so scary. As for being a history teacher. According to the state of Missouri- you just take the praxis and get a high enough score. In Arkansas, you do that AND take an Arkansas history class. That is why so many coaches get Social Studies certs. I went a bit farther and am going for a masters, unfortunately- most schools still prefer coaches than history grad students, sad but true.