Requirements | Department of English


See requirements for “A” Licensure below

English with High School Teaching Licensure Requirements:

  • Core Requirements (21 semester hours)
    • Historical Perspectives
      • Medieval to Enlightenment, one (1) course from the following: ENG 211, 213, 251
      • Romantic to Postmodern, one (1) course from the following: ENG 212, 252
    • Perspectives on Literature
      • Two (2) courses in literature before 1800 (only one of which may be Shakespeare) from ENG 332, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339 or 340 or 440, 342, 343, 360, 372, 381, 450, 410, 437, 441, 461
      • One (1) course in literature after 1800 from ENG 315, 316, 331, 333, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 350, 351, 352, 353, 357, 358, 359, 373, 374, 375, 376, 378, 380, 452, 445, 458, 459, 463, 464, 465, 482
    • Contemporary Theoretical Approaches: ENG 303
    • Approaches to Rhetoric: ENG 304, 305, 306
  • Additional Requirements (15 semester hours)
    • Teaching of Writing: ENG 322
    • Linguistics for Teachers: ENG 321
    • World Literature, one (1) course from the following: ENG 201, 204, 209, 315, 316
    • Two additional courses in English at or above the 200 level

Besides completing the above courses in English, candidates for teaching licensure must meet additional requirements, including admission to teacher education (end of sophomore year) and to student teaching (junior year), and successful course work outside the English Department. For full current information about all requirements see the Collaborative for Educator Preparation website and UNCG Teacher Education Handbook. Note: admission to teacher education and student teaching in English requires a minimum grade point average of 2.75, overall and in the major.

Requirements for the B.A. in English with Teacher Licensure in High School Teaching

By declaring and earning a B.A. in English with high school teaching, you are fulfilling two separate but related sets of requirements — those set by the university to complete your degree and those set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for your licensure.  Some of these state requirements are fulfilled through coursework, while others are fulfilled by qualifying national test scores, a minimum GPA of 2.75, the technology portfolio, and acceptance into the Teachers Academy.

Course Requirements in English

These requirements are identical to those for the program, English-B. A. (see pp. 3-4), except for the following: students must take a World Literature Course (see above), English 321, Linguistics for Teachers, and English 322, The Teaching of Writing to meet requirements III and V. A grade of “C” or better in ENG 321 and ENG 322 is required for admission to student teaching.

Additional Course Requirements

TED (Teacher Education and Higher Education) Courses and on-line modules must be taken in a specific sequence:

  • Fall Semester 1 
    TED 445 Cultural Diversity and Learning (25 hour internship);  ERM 401 (1 sh, online) Assessment 1: Accountability in our Nation’s Schools; TED 401 (1 sh, online) Child and Adolescent Development and Learning
  • Spring Semester 2
    ERM 402 (1 sh, online) Assessment II: Standardized Tests; TED 403 (1 sh, online) English for Speakers of Other Languages; SES 401 (1 sh, online) Special Education (25 hr. internship)
  • Fall Semester 3
    ERM 403 (1 sh, online) Assessment III: Classroom Assessment;  TED 551 Teaching Practices and Curriculum (50 hr. internship)
  • Spring Semester 4
    TED 465 Student Teaching

Other Requirements

  • Admission to the Teachers Academy: In the semester in which you expect to complete 60 hours of work toward the degree (usually the last semester of your sophomore year), you should apply for admission to the Teachers Academy and meet with the Director of English Education, Dr. Jeanie Reynolds (3311 MHRA). The requirements are:
    • an overall grade point average of 2.75;
    • a 2.75 grade point average in English courses above the 100 level;
    • successful completion of at least 12 semester hours at UNCG;
    • recommendation of the English department; and
    • achievement of a satisfactory score as set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on the Praxis I Exam (PPST).
  • Admission to Student Teaching (TED 465, twelve hours): Apply for student teaching the year before you expect to graduate. The application period is from the first day of classes in January through February 15. The requirements are:
    • admission to the Teachers Academy,
    • proof that the major and education course requirements will be successfully completed in the semester before student teaching,
    • a consistent grade point average of 2.75 or higher after being admitted to the Teachers Academy, and
    • recommendation of the English Department. Except in unusual circumstances, students may not take additional courses during the student teaching semester.
  • To apply for your license, you need to successfully complete the following: the BA in English with high school teaching degree with a grade point average of 2.75 or higher, your student teaching internship, and the state mandated technology requirements.


  • Either at the end of your last semester of your second year or at the beginning of your third year, you should request an official audit through the Registrar’s Office in Mossman. By doing this, you and your academic advisor will have a more accurate record of your course progress and will be better able to sequence the coursework during your third and fourth years (see the Guide on pages 6-7).
  • If you wish to do study abroad and you still plan to complete this program in four years, recognize that the education courses for the last three semesters of this program are sequenced; therefore, you will want to plan ahead. To fulfill this degree and related licensure requirements, the most flexible semesters for study abroad are summers, spring semester of sophomore year, and fall semester of junior year.
  • Since the student teaching semester consists of only 12 hours of work, the student must arrange to make up the deficit of 3 hours in another semester or in summer school.

For more information, contact the Director of English Education: Dr. Jeanie Reynolds, Office 3111 MHRA.

“A” Licensure

“A” Licensure is the process through which an individual qualifies to be licensed by the State of North Carolina to teach in primary and secondary schools. All public schools and many private schools in North Carolina require their professional educators to hold this license.

If your career goal is to work as a professional educator in the public schools, you should complete an education program leading to “A” Licensure.

State Reciprocity Notice

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the English with High School Licensure program. You should note whether the program either “meets,” “does not meet,” or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact Dr. Jeanie Reynolds ( or Dr. Amy Vetter ( with any questions regarding this data.

Lateral Entry

Students who already have baccalaureate degrees but who are seeking licensure only should apply for admission to The Teachers Academy, School of Education, 318 Curry. These licensure candidates must meet the same course requirements as students in the BA – High School Teaching program. Transcripts will be evaluated at the time of application to determine which of these requirements were fulfilled as part of the applicant’s baccalaureate program and which remain to be satisfied. For further information consult the Collaborative for Educator Preparation website.

Under certain conditions, a school district may hire a qualified individual to teach if he or she holds a bachelor’s degree in the subject area to be taught, from a regionally accredited institution.  This individual must be accepted into and complete an approved licensure-only program at an area college or university within a specified period of time.  In some circumstances an individual’s employment as a full-time teacher may meet the requirements for student teaching.  However, student teaching is not automatically waived without proper documentation.

Additional Resources:

“A Licensure” Requirements for English– Checklist

For more information, visit the Alternative Licensure page.