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This 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.

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Students applying for this undergraduate certificate as a secondary program must have satisfied the following requirements:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • passing scores on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) prescribed entry assessment
  • an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework
    (note: a minimum grade of C (2.00) must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason).

See website 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 (3.00) or better in all licensure coursework.

Banner Code: E1-CERB-SEEN

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 38

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the English major.


Select one American literature course from the following:3
Folklore and Folklife
Early American Literature
Literature of the American Renaissance
Development of the American Novel to 1914
Development of the American Novel since 1914
American Drama of the 20th Century
American Poetry of the 20th Century
Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865
African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903
African American Literature Through 1946
Contemporary African American Literature
Recent American Fiction
Recent American Poetry
Topics: American Literary Periods
Select one British literature course from the following:3
Literature of the Middle Ages
English Poetry and Prose of the 16th Century
Shakespeare: Special Topics
English Renaissance Drama
English Poetry and Prose of the 17th Century
Augustan Age: 1660-1745
Age of Sensibility: 1745-1800
Restoration and 18th Century Drama
British Novel of the 18th Century
British Poetry of the Romantic Period
Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
British Novel of the 19th Century
British Poetry after 1900
British Novel after 1900
British and Irish Drama after 1900
Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Topics: British Literary Periods
Select one world literature course from the following:3
Continental Fiction, 1770-1880
Continental Fiction, 1880-1950
Global Voices (Mason Core)
The Idea of a World Literature (Mason Core)
World Literatures in English
Total Credits9


LING 306General Linguistics (Mason Core)3
LING 307English Grammar3
or ENGH 307 English Grammar
Total Credits6

Teacher Licensure Coursework

EDCI 469Teaching English in Secondary School3
EDCI 479Advanced Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary School3
EDCI 490Student Teaching in Education (Mason Core)6
EDCI 491Internship Seminar in Secondary Training2
EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDUC 372Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)3
EDUC 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
Total Credits23