Frequently Asked Questions

Here, we will collect many of the common questions we get about our department and our programs. If you can’t find the answer to a question you have, and would like to suggest it for this page, please email the webmaster and we’ll try to get it posted here as soon as possible.

General Questions

What happens if the university is closed for an extended period (because of natural disaster, flu outbreak, etc.)?

All of our professors have designed an Emergency Contingency Plan for their classes. Please visit the Emergency Contingency Plan page and click on your professor’s name to see the details. (Your professor will have already mentioned this in class, so you can be prepared ahead of time.)

My antivirus program said that I have a tracking cookie from your site! Is the Departmenf of Education tracking me?

Our site uses Google Analytics to collect data about how our visitors use our site, so we can target improvements to our site according to the needs and usage patterns of our visitors. We do NOT collect any personally-identifiable information, nor use this in any way other than to improve our website. Please see our Privacy Policy for more details.

Graduate Program

Can I study elementary education?

No, we do not have a graduate program in elementary education.

How do I apply?

Online applications are available at the Graduate School website. They are due on January 15. You will also need GRE scores, undergraduate transcripts, recommendation letters, and your statement of purpose.*

Which GRE test should I take?

You should take the general test which has three parts, Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing.

Will I need to contact ACTFL for an Oral Proficiency Interview prior to application to the program?

*If you are applying to the MTF program in the Foreign Language content area, then yes. All other programs (including MTAs, undergraduates and MTFs in other content areas) do not need to contact ACTFL.

Where do graduates of this program find teaching jobs?

You may view a listing of all graduates in recent years.

What kinds of social opportunities are available in Winston-Salem?

There is an active Graduate Student Association which regularly sponsors social activities.