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 academic courses, and closely supervised field experiences appropriate for the professional needs of diverse students.
Students interested in teaching high school (grades 9-12) English, mathematics, science, or social studies will complete the 30 hour undergraduate licensure minor and a content area major (or equivalent coursework) in their respective field. Upon graduation, students will be recommended for a North Carolina teaching license.
Admission involves filing an official application with the department’s licensure office, participating in an interview with the appropriate advisers, completing prerequisite courses, and receiving the official approval of the department. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 and complete testing requirements to be accepted to the teacher education program. More information can be found on the Secondary Education Program Admission Procedures.
For more information about major/minor declaration, see the University Registrar’s Office.
Teacher education candidates will successfully complete a series of professional education courses. The exact sequence of academic courses and professional field experiences will vary by content area and will be determined in conference with the student’s content area program coordinator.
Pre-requisite courses include:
- EDU 201 – Educational Policy and Practice (3 hr)
- EDU 201L – Field Lab I (2 hr)
- EDU 311 – Learning and Cognitive Science (3 hr)
- EDU 309L – Field Lab II: Introduction to Secondary Education (2 hr)
In most instances, secondary education minors will take three courses during the fall of senior year:
- EDU 307 – Instructional Design, Assessment and Technology (3 hr)
- EDU 354 – Content Pedagogy (3 hr)
- EDU 395 – Teaching Diverse Learners (3 hr)
The final student teaching internship semester usually occurs during the spring of senior year and includes two courses:
- EDU 364L – Student Teaching Internship (9 hr)
- EDU 365 – Professional Development Seminras (3 hr)
For more information on required courses, see the Program Requirements Template.
Students can find a snapshot of this information on the Secondary Education Program Infographic.
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 a student teaching placement by their content area program coordinator with approval from public school officials based on the professional needs of the student and the public school system. The student’s final semester at the university is generally reserved for the student teaching internship and related courses. Students may not take courses outside the Department of Education during this semester without prior approval from the department chair.
More information about the secondary education program can be found in the 2019-2020 Secondary Education Handbook.
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. Additional information about teacher licensure can be located through the Teacher Licensure Office.
For general inquiries regarding the secondary education program, please contact Dr. Alan Brown, Director of Secondary Education.