Secondary Education Program

Program Overview

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.

Detailed information about the secondary education program can be found in the Secondary Education Handbook


Content Areas


Admission Requirements

Admission to the licensure pathway major requires a formal application and includes the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of EDU 102L, EDU 201, and EDU 311
  • Minimum qualifying score on ACT, SAT, or Praxis Core
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 at the time of application and throughout the program
  • Interview with education content adviser

The formal application, submission of supporting documentation, and completion of these requirements must be completed by April 1st of the junior year. 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.


Program Requirements

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.

Required courses include:

  • EDU 102L – Exploring School Communities (2 hr)
  • EDU 201 – Educational Policy and Practice (3 hr)
  • EDU 311 – Learning and Cognitive Science (3 hr)
  • EDU 309L – Introduction to Secondary Education (2 hr)
  • EDU 395 – Teaching Diverse Learners (3 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 354a-d – Teaching Secondary English, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science (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 Seminars (3 hr)

For more information on required courses, see the Secondary Education Course List.

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.


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. Additional information about teacher licensure can be located through the Teacher Licensure Office.


Our teacher education program is proud to meet rigorous state and national standards for educator preparation. We are fully accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

For general inquiries regarding the secondary education program, please contact Dr. Debbie French, Director of Secondary Education.