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Like most educators, English teachers work with students from a broad range of cultural backgrounds. This diversity offers a great opportunity to use the language arts to construct, analyze and share knowledge and ideas.

This 38-credit Curriculum and Instruction undergraduate certificate is available only to students pursuing a BA in English. Students who complete both the BA in English and this undergraduate certificate will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) English.

Students applying for this undergraduate certificate as a secondary program must complete the Undergraduate Declaration of Certificate and the Undergraduate Educator Preparation Program application. At the time of application, students must also have satisfied the following requirements: a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; passing scores on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) prescribed entry assessment; and an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework (note: a minimum grade of C (2.0) must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason). See for more information on the admissions process.

Prior to application for internship, students are required to complete all discipline-specific content competency requirements (, pass licensure assessments, and have earned a grade of B (3.0) or better in all licensure coursework.

Certificate Requirements

Additional Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework (15 credits)

Literature (9 credits)

Choose one American Literature course from the following:

Choose one British Literature course from the following:

Choose one World Literature course from the following:

Language (6 credits)


All other discipline-specific content competencies coursework should be satisfied with the requirements of the English major.

Teacher Licensure Coursework (23 Credits)

Total: 38 credits