Secondary Education Program
The Secondary Education Teacher Certification Program is for students interested in completing a teaching internship in a middle school or high school classroom and in pursuing teacher certification. Something unique to Washington College is that our students begin taking early field experiences in public school classrooms during their first year; they begin foundation courses in Education during their freshman or sophomore years in preparation for the program.
Students who apply for and are admitted to the program begin the two-semester internship in the spring semester of their junior year. At that point they are assigned to a Professional Development School (PDS) under the guidance of both College and school personnel. At the same time, students complete their professional coursework at the College.
Washington College has thirteen Maryland Approved Secondary Certification Programs (grades 7-12): art, biology, business education, chemistry, English, environmental science, French, German, mathematics, physics, social studies*, Spanish, and theatre. (Students interested in pursuing certification in Music click here).
The number and specificity of courses required for certification in these subject areas vary, with social studies* and English having more extensive state requirements (see Professional Course Sequence below).
*Students interested in teaching social studies can major in history, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, international studies, or American studies; all must complete the required courses as listed below.
A hallmark of the Secondary Education Program is the challenging yet supportive environment created by the students, faculty, and school personnel as they work closely together to ensure each student’s success and provide the students with a framework for understanding their chosen profession.
The following education courses are required for students who wish to become certified as secondary teachers. Students should meet with department faculty to plan coursework; not all courses are offered each semester.
Secondary Certification Courses
- EDU 216. and 217. Clinical Field Experience (each 1 credit)
- EDU 251. Principles of Education (Fall only)
- EDU 252. Educational Psychology (Spring)
- EDU 307. Reading in the Content Field (Spring)
- EDU 330. Diversity and Inclusion (Fall)
- EDU 401. Principles of Teaching: Secondary
- EDU 403. Special Methods (in the Teaching Area)
- EDU 404. Secondary Teaching Internship (1 credit)
- EDU 405. Secondary Education Internship (8 credits)
- EDU 401, 403, and 405 make up the “Education Block” taken in the fall semester of the senior year or the fall semester after graduation.
EDU 307. meets Maryland Reading in the Content Field I and II Secondary Requirements (together with 252 and 401).
Students wishing to be certified in English or Social Studies must also take the required classes listed below:
Secondary English Requirements
Students wishing to be certified in English must take the following courses, in addition to those requirements for their major, the education program, and distribution:
- EDU 315. Modern and Traditional Grammar and
- a course in children’s / YA lit (EDU 354. Literature for Children: K-8 or ENG 342. Children’s and Adolescent Literature)
Students should note that this is a guideline only; consult with faculty advisors and members of the Education Department to ensure that you complete all program, major, and distribution requirements in a timely fashion.