Degree Programs

Secondary (English) Education, B.A.

Dr. Madu Ireh
Education Department Chair

School of Education
& Human Performance
Anderson Center, Suite 241 F
Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC 27110 
Phone (336) 750-2380
Fax (336) 750-2892


Program of Study

English Secondary Education

Program Description

The English, Secondary Education program prepares highly qualified grades 9-12 classroom teachers who demonstrate leadership, know their content/subject areas, facilitate learning for all students, reflect on their practice, establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of   students, promote equity among all learners, and address challenges of 21st century teaching and learning with creativity and respect for human differences. Upon graduation, candidates become eligible to apply for North Carolina initial teaching ("A") licensure.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the English, Secondary Education program, candidates will demonstrate (1) the ability to lead in the school setting; (2) knowledge of content in the specialty area; (3) the ability to facilitate learning in students; (4) the ability to reflect on their practice; (5) the ability to establish respectful environments for diverse learners; (6) the ability to promote equity among learners; and (7) knowledge of the challenges of 21st century teaching and learning.

Major/Program Requirements

The degree program requires 120 credit hours of course work, and some of these courses require field/clinical experiences. Candidates are required to meet specific program benchmarks, including completion of general education courses, formal admission into teacher education, minimum semester and cumulative grade point average, completion of early field experiences in schools or other approved settings, completion of clinical practice/student teaching.

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to pursue a degree in English, Secondary Education must be formally admitted into the teacher education program at WSSU (preferably) by the end of their sophomore year and/or after completing general education requirements. Specific admission requirements include:

Completion of all General Education requirements;Completion of English, speech, mathematics and laboratory courses with a grade of "C" or better in each of the courses;Completion of EDU 2334 (Education, Culture and Society) with a grade of "C" or better as part of the new General Education requirements;A cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Transfer students must have a 2.5 GPA; Passing of PRAXIS I or evidence of exemption from the exam in line with North Carolina Department of Public Instructions requirements/guidelines; Successful completion of an essay/written exam or proof of exemption based on PRAXIS I essay writing; and Candidate signature acknowledging expected professional dispositions.

Candidates must maintain a 2.50 overall GPA and earn a grade of "C" or better in all major courses, including professional and academic concentration courses. All pedagogical core courses numbered above 4000 require admission to the teacher education program and may not be taken until all admission requirements have been met. Some courses have prerequisites that candidates must fulfill before registering for those courses. 

Additional Secondary Education, English Major, B.A. program information and course descriptions are available in the current WSSU Graduate Catalog.

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