Requirements for Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools
Westfield State University’s educator preparation programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The Westfield State University program for licensure of teachers of English has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English.
Students wishing to be licensed to teach English at the Middle or High school levels must complete the following:
- Requirements for all English Majors (noted below)
- Course work in the Literature Concentration (noted below)
- Professional Sequence, Middle and Secondary (noted below), using ENGL 0350 as the appropriate methods course and ENGL 0322 as the appropriate practicum seminar
- The following core course: PSYC 0101 (as a pre-requisite for PSYC 0203)
To be recommended for ENGL 0350 , and the teaching practicum, students must have a 2.7 cumulative average in courses counting toward the Literature Concentration, 24 completed credits in Literature, and permission of the Program Director or Chair.
Student progress toward meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits). Please see section on Licensure for Teaching under Academic Policies. Student teacher placement are limited to within a 30-mile radius of campus.
In order to be eligible for student teaching, a student must have completed all required course and field work, have an overall GPA of 2.8 (including transfer work), and have a passing grade in the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (e.g., Communication and Literacy and subject matter test).
Students strongly are encouraged to use English department advising materials for information about recommended sequencing of required course work.