The English Education track is one of two tracks that the Bachelor’s student majoring in English may declare. The coursework in this program provides students with the opportunity to obtain a B.A. in English with a concentration in Secondary Education. At the end of this course of study, students are prepared to be knowledgeable practitioners of their content area—English and Language Arts—and may apply for and receive Secondary Education Certification as a result of knowledge gained in the classroom and from 900 hours of in-the-field training. Explore each stage of the English Education track below.

  • English Major Courses

    English Major Courses

    The English major begins in Area F of the core curriculum with four English courses at the 2000-level, and two intermediate classes in either French, German, or Spanish (students must take the prerequisite intro language courses or take a placement test to enroll in these courses).

    After finishing Area F, students complete 30 hours of Upper-Division English courses. In this track, students take research and methodology, four literary history courses, senior seminar and the following pedagogy-specific courses: Pedagogy and Writing (ENGL 3400); Young Adult Literature (ENGL 4295); and Advanced Grammar or the History of the English Language (ENGL 4300). See our Required Course Work page for detailed information on these requirements.

  • Teacher Education Program (TEP)

    Teacher Education Program

    English Education students complete tier one and apply to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) with the College of Education by the end of their second year. Prerequisites for application include a 2.7 overall GPA, either an exemption or passing score on the GACE Program Admission test, and completion of the Georgia Ethics Assessment. Once these requirements have been reached, students matriculate in the second tier, or the Professional Sequence. In this upper tier, students experience an advanced and focused iteration of the first and participate in 900 hours of Field Experience.

  • Field Experience

    Field Experience

    Field work occurs during your last two semesters of the program. These courses are taught by the College of Education; thus, you need to make sure that you are aware of all their deadlines pertaining to field experience.

    • Your first field experience course (SEED 4238 and its accompanying lab 4238L) will be taken in the fall of your last year in the program. Field work in this course is arranged for two days per week.
      Your second, culminating field experience course (SEED 4286 and its accompanying seminar 4289) will be taken in the spring of your last year.
    • Field work in this course is a full, daily internship in a school that lasts the duration of the semester. Thus, you should plan your English degree program so that SEED 4286/4289 is your only course obligation this term.  
      Descriptions of the various experiences and the policies and application procedures can be found in the Educator Preparation Handbook for Field Experience

    Please Note: You are not automatically placed in a field assignment by registering for the course. You must apply for Field Experience by the deadlines listed by the College of Education.

    For more information, contact the Office of Field Experience at (678) 839-5262 or (678) 839-6102 or email them at UWG-ofe@westga.edu. They also have student resources here.

  • Teacher Certification

    Teacher Certification

    All of the paperwork for candidates applying for teacher certification are handled through the Office of Teacher Certification. Candidates in internship who are successfully completing their program will receive application instructions approximately 4 weeks prior to graduation via their UWG email accounts.

    Please Note: Completion of required coursework in a program leading to certification at UWG does not satisfy all Georgia requirements for licensure set by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). In order to receive licensure, candidates must pass all required assessments, including a passing scores on the GACE Content Assessment appropriate to the field of study and a passing scores on the GACE Educator Ethics – Program Exit Assessment.

    For more information, please see the Office of Teacher Certification website.

  • edTPA

    edTPA

    Effective July 1, 2020, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) no longer requires edTPA as a certification requirement. Candidates who were unable to submit their edTPA portfolio or who submitted but did not pass a portion of it in Spring 2020 will not be required to re-submit.