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.
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.
Areas of certification
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).
Learn more about becoming a science teacher here.
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)
- 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 (Fall Internship)
- EDU 403. Special Methods (in the Teaching Area) (Fall Internship)
- EDU 404. Secondary Teaching Internship (1 credit)
- EDU 405. Secondary Education Internship (8 credits) (Fall Internship)
- 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).
The number and specificity of courses required for certification vary, with social studies* and English having more extensive state requirements.
Interested in teaching social studies? Click here for more information about majors and required courses.
Students wishing to be certified in English 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)
Timeline to Certification
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.