Secondary Education Program

Student teacher John Troutman helping a student.

Wake Forest University believes that the teaching profession is important to society and that society’s welfare is significantly affected by the quality of educational leadership.  One of the important objectives of the university has been and continues to be the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.  The university’s commitment to quality in teacher education is demonstrated by selective admission to the program, a wide range of professional courses, and closely supervised internships appropriate for the professional needs of students.

Students who want to teach high school (grades 9-12) social studies major in a social studies-related content area (examples include but are not limited to history, political science, economics, sociology, or anthropology) and minor in education.

Students who want to teach high school (grades 9-12) mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, or physics), English, or K -12 Foreign Language, major in their teaching specialty and minor in education.

In all cases, students may choose the Licensure or Non-Licensure minor. The Licensure minor is 30 hours and leads to a North Carolina teaching license. The Non-licensure minor, which does not include student teaching, is 18 hours and might be a good choice for a student interested in a private school or a lateral entry position or Teach for America.

Admission Requirements.Admission involves filing an official application with the department’s Licensure Office, participating in an interview with the appropriate advisors, completing prerequisite courses and receiving the official approval of the department.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 and complete testing requirements to be accepted to the Teacher Education Program.

Course Requirements. The approved program of teacher education requires candidates to complete successfully a series of professional education courses.  The exact sequence of professional and academic courses varies with a student’s particular program and is determined in conference with the Area Coordinator.

Student Teaching. Prerequisites for registering for student teaching include (1) senior, graduate, or special student classification; (2) completion of all preliminary education courses; and (3) formal admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Students are assigned to student teaching opportunities by public school officials on the basis of available positions and the professional needs of the student and the public school system.  The student’s final spring semester at the university is reserved for the student teaching experience and the related courses.  Students may not take courses outside the Department of Education during this semester without the approval of the department chair

Exit Requirements. Students must maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA while enrolled in the Teacher Education Program.

Teacher Licensure. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction issues the Professional Class A Teaching License to graduates who have completed an approved program, including the specified courses in their teaching field(s) and the prescribed courses in education.  These graduates must also demonstrate mastery of specific competencies and receive recommendations from the designated official(s) in their teaching area(s) and from the Licensure Officer.

Admission details and forms can be found at Secondary Education Admission Info.

Further details about the Secondary Education Program can be found in the 2013-2014 Secondary Education Handbook.