Students interested in certification for teaching should contact the Director of Teacher Education, Lenna Ojure. The earlier you start this process, the better! Many English majors pursue teaching careers without certification. If you are interested in private school teaching, contact Southern Teacher's Agency. They have a job fair in Charlottesville in March. Carney and Sandoe is a well-known, reputable agency with national reach. See AISNE for postings of New England private school positions. Finally, don't hesitate to use your W&L network.
A W&L English major, with its distribution in three areas, prepares students well to embark on teaching careers. To fulfill the specific certification requirements of many states, two courses in particular should be considered: Professor Jira's History and Structure of the English Language and Professor Suzanne Keen's Children's Literature.
Advising checklist for Teacher Certification in English.
Requirements in English for Teacher Certification
1. Content--the program shall:
2. Endorsement Requirements
The applicant seeking endorsement in English shall present a record of course experiences equivalent to a minimum of 36 semester hours, including at least one course from each of the four areas listed below: