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Secondary Education - Second Major

Applying for Admission

Admission Criteria and Procedures

NOTE: You must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA and at least 54 credit hours (Junior status) at William & Mary by the time you start taking education classes in order to be admitted to the School of Education. Application opens March 1st each year, and should be made in the Spring semester of the Sophomore year, or before the Fall semester of the Junior year.

When you enter the online application, You will need to Sign Up and create an account.  Then select Undergraduate and School of Education, then Undergraduate Major Program.  See screen shot below:

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The application requires two essays and an unofficial William & Mary transcript.

Typically decision letters will be emailed within three weeks of receipt of application.

Admission to baccalaureate study at William & Mary does not automatically include admission to the Secondary Education programs in the School of Education. Undergraduate students interested in Elementary or Secondary Education programs of study, must apply for admission to the School of Education, typically  during the spring semester of the sophomore year.

Admission to the program requires an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in course work completed to date. After the application form is submitted, the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs & Student Services verifies the applicant's prior course work and grade point average and then reviews the file. Questions pertaining to the admissions process should be directed to the Office of Academic Programs in the School of Education - telephone: 221-2308; or [[dsosbo,email]]. Students will be notified in writing of their admission status.

A Secondary Education student must major in the subject he or she wishes to teach.

Student Advisement & Licensure Exam requirements

Students are urged to take full advantage of the advisement services in the School of Education. During their freshman and sophomore years, they are encouraged to talk with faculty in the School about potential careers in teaching. Upon admission to the Education program, 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 University and the specific course requirements for teacher certification; and to plan a program of studies in Education. Education advisors work with the students throughout their junior and senior years. 

In addition to coursework and field experiences there are exams required for program completion and licensure. A complete listing of the tests required can be found on the Office of Teacher Education and Professional Services website.