So you are in the last semester of your junior year and just realized you want to enter the teaching profession? Then the Five Year program is a great option for you. You can choose:
Program of Studies for the 5th Year Program
- Elementary Education [pdf]
- Secondary English Education [pdf]
- Foreign Language Education [pdf]
- Secondary Mathematics Education [pdf]
- Secondary Science Education [pdf]
- Secondary Social Studies Education [pdf]
- Special Education [pdf]
Application to the 5th Year Track
Complete the Five Year program application as early as March 1 of your social junior year, but no later than August 1, prior to the social senior year. The application requires a personal essay that describes your career aspirations and why you have chosen to apply to the School of Education, and to the particular endorsement area you have selected. You should describe your past experiences, both academic and volunteer or work-related, that are relevant to teaching, and detail the impact you hope to have on the field of education.
Note: You must have a minimum 3.0 cum GPA or higher to be eligible to apply to this program.
Application forms should be submitted no later than August 1. Admission is rolling, so decisions for the 5th year program will go out approximately 4 weeks after you submit your application. Once all spots are filled, we will stop accepting applications.
You will not be able to register for education courses until you have been admitted to the 5th year program. Letters of recommendation are not required for this application.
Continuation during the Senior Year
After admission to the 5th year track, you should complete your program of studies, maintain a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and be in good standing with the College, and take the required professional education courses as part of your undergraduate studies. These courses MUST be taken in either Fall or Spring of your senior year. You cannot opt to take one during the summer after you graduate with your baccalaureate degree:
- EDUC 301 (should be taken in the Fall semester, if possible)
- EDUC 310
- EDUC F65 (You will need permission to take a graduate level class - complete either the Undergraduate Enrollment in a Graduate Level Course - For Graduate Credit [pdf] or the Undergraduate Enrollment in a Graduate Level Course - For Undergraduate Credit [pdf])
- (for Special Education, you may also take EDUC 425)
All three courses are offered in both fall and spring semesters. You will not be able to register for these courses until you have been admitted to the 5th year program.
Elevation to the Master's Portion of the Program
In order to elevate to the Master's level portion of the program, you must:
- Take or be enrolled in the required professional courses during your senior year;
- Earn a 3.0 GPA or higher in the professional education courses taken as an undergraduate;
- Graduate with a Bachelor's degree from William & Mary with a 3.0 GPA or higher;
- Submit scores, 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 and Professional Services website.
Failure to complete any of the requirements listed above may result in removal from the 5th year program.
The Master's Portion of the Program
Once elevated to the Master's portion of the program, you 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. You will complete the regular sequence of courses except for those taken as part of your undergraduate program. You should complete your program 12 months later.
Student Advisement & Licensure Exam Requirements
Upon admission to the 5th year track, students are assigned academic advisors who are faculty members in the School of Education. Before registering for education courses, students meet with their advisors to discuss academic, personal and professional goals; to review both the academic regulations of the College and the specific course requirements for teacher certification; and to plan a program of studies in Education. Education advisors work with the students throughout the senior year and throughout the graduate program. The Program of Studies form should be turned into the Office of Academic Programs before a student begins education coursework.
In addition to coursework and field experiences there are exams required for program completion and licensure. A complete listing of the required tests is available on the Office of Teacher Education and Professional Services website.