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Education as a Second Major

Make a difference in the lives of students and families. Be an advocate for equity and expand opportunity as a teacher. Graduates of the teacher education programs at William & Mary are in high demand by school divisions across Virginia and beyond. These alumni are changing lives every day as teacher-leaders.

Through the second-major program, undergraduate students at William & Mary may pursue a primary major in Arts & Sciences along with a second major in secondary education. Upon graduation, these students are ready to step into the classroom as teachers. 

Programs of Study

The second majors in secondary education are 33-credit hour programs. Students may choose from:

Interested in elementary education? Check out our B.A.Ed. in Elementary Education. Students pursuing a B.A.Ed. have the option to double-major but are not required to do so. 

Field Experiences

Clinical experiences are a complement to and an integral component of the teacher preparation program in the School of Education. Throughout the program, preservice teachers have experiences in a variety of settings and with diverse populations at our partnering public schools. These experiences serve as a bridge between the knowledge, skills, and dispositions developed through formal course work and the practical application of those professional attributes as a teacher candidate and, subsequently, as a classroom teacher.

In the fall, secondary education candidates complete a minimum of 60 hours in the field, practicing their teaching skills, interacting with students, reflecting on the experiences, and learning about the ecosystem of schools. These field activities prepare candidates for their culminating field experience – student teaching. The 15-week, immersive student teaching experience takes place in the spring and is a critical component of our candidates’ preparation and development as a teacher.   


Students who successfully complete our Secondary Education programs will be eligible to apply for licensure as a Secondary Education 6-12 teacher in the selected discipline in the state of Virginia. Therefore, programs are designed for students who are not already licensed as educators in Virginia. Learn more about applying for licensure.

Testing Requirements

All teacher candidates must obtain passing scores on the professional teacher assessments prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education. At William & Mary, all required licensure tests are also graduation requirements; therefore, the appropriate tests must be completed regardless of a teacher candidate’s decision to apply for a teaching license. Learn more about testing requirements.

Applying for Admission

Students must apply to the School of Education in the spring semester of the sophomore year, or before the start of the fall semester of the junior year. Learn more about applying for admission

Program Contacts

Secondary English: [[lljohnson, Lindy Johnson]]
Associate Professor of English Education 
(757) 221-2333

Secondary Mathematics: [[mmmaso, Margie Mason]]
Professor of Mathematics Education
(757) 221-2327

Secondary Science: [[mwkier, Meredith Kier]]
Associate Professor of Science Education
(757) 221-2332

Secondary Social Studies: [[ejkim05, Esther Kim]]
Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education
(757) 221-2348