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2020 - 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020 - 2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

5 Year BA to MAEd Program

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Program of Study for 5 Year BA to MAEd Program

The intent of this program is to attract well-qualified W&M undergraduate students into teaching. The 5 year BA to MAEd program leads to licensure in elementary, secondary, ESL/Bilingual Education or special education. This option is intended for W&M undergraduates who cannot complete the currently available undergraduate programs, but who wish to pursue a master’s degree inorder to become licensed to teach.

W&M undergraduates must apply to the 5 Year BA to MAEd program. Admission guidelines can be found on the  Admission page .

Continuation during the senior year

After admission to the 5 Year BA to MAEd program, students should meet with their School of Education advisor, maintain a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, be in good standing with the university, and take the required professional education courses as part of undergraduate studies. The following courses MUST be taken in either fall or spring of senior year, unless they were taken earlier. They cannot be taken during the summer after students graduate with the baccalaureate degree:

  • EDUC 301
  • EDUC 310
  • Special Education students may also take EDUC 425

Elevation to the master’s portion of the program

In order to elevate to the master’s level portion of the program, students must:

  1. Take or be enrolled in the required professional courses no later than during the senior year;
  2. Earn a 3.0 GPA or higher in the professional education courses taken as an undergraduate (EDUC 301, EDUC 310);
  3. Graduate with a bachelor’s degree from William & Mary with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher;
  4. Submit scores to the Office of Academic Programs, or have an appropriate substitution with previously taken ACT or SAT scores, for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test. The scores must be submitted prior to January 15 of the senior year. Details for substituting previously taken ACT or SAT scores can be found on the Office of Teacher Education website.

Failure to complete any of the requirements listed above may result in removal from the 5th year program.

Completing the Master’s portion of the program

Once elevated to the Master’s portion of the program, students will enroll as a full-time student and follow the continuation and program rules of the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction. Elevated students will complete the regular sequence of courses except for those taken as part of the undergraduate program. The program of studies for each of the graduate programs can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

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