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2018 - 2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education (6-12), English

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Program Requirements in Licensure Programs in Secondary Education (6-12)

Program requirements in the licensure programs in Secondary Education include courses subject area requirements, professional studies courses and a major in one or more subject area teaching specialties. The comprehensive listings that follow include all course work necessary to satisfy subject area requirements and professional studies requirements for the Secondary Education (6-12) program.

Preparation Programs in Secondary Education (6-12)

Students who plan to teach at the secondary school level must declare a major in the subject area or areas that they expect to teach, and they additionally complete 30 semester credits of professional education courses required for one of the following endorsement areas of Secondary Education: English, Foreign Language (K-12) (French, German, Spanish, Latin, Chinese), Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics), and Social Studies. Students who complete a licensure program in Secondary Education may apply no more than 30 semester hours in education toward the 120 academic credits required for graduation.

Sequence of Course Requirements in Professional Studies in Secondary Education

This three semester sequence begins in the spring semester of the junior year.

Additional Requirement:

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests or acceptable substitution must be passed before student teaching.

Total Credits 30

PRAXIS II and VCLA must be passed before program completion, and are required for graduation.

CPR/AED/First Aid training for Virginia Licensure are required.



William and Mary English majors should select the Literature Option within the English major in order to meet the course requirements for teaching English. In addition to the major in English Language and Literature, (a minimum of 36 semester hours) 27 of these hours must be above the 300 level and distributed as follows:

6 Hours in British literature:

American Literature

6 hours in American literature representing a broad spectrum of American literary history, chosen from:

3 Hours in Shakespeare

3 Hours in an Upper Level Creative Writing or Advanced Writing Course

6 Hours in Linguistics:

  • ENGL 220
  • ENGL 303

3 Hours in World Literature

(defined as not Anglo-American).

This requirement may also be fulfilled by presenting documented evidence (course names and numbers, authors and texts) of world literatures studied in multiple courses.

3 Hours in Literature for Adolescents


3 hours in a course that heavily emphasizes the work of women writers, chosen from English ENGL 414A  or an appropriate 455, ENGL 465 , or ENGL 475 ; or documented evidence (course names and numbers, authors and texts) of women writers studied in multiple courses.

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