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Together, faculty and students in the Department of Education engage in interdisciplinary inquiry of the processes and institutions by which societies socialize and educate their youth, an inquiry that is grounded in the liberal arts and enables students to become citizen-leaders and lifelong learners.

Program Features 

  1. Field work—early and often—in diverse locations
  2. Multidisciplinary liberal arts foundation culminating in field-based, independent research study
  3. Can lead to teacher certification (by program application) and includes a 100-day teaching internship


Join the Community

Whether your are completing a certification internship at a local school, teaching at a community arts center, or planting flowers in one of the many community gardens; you are learning while making a contribution to the community.

Travel to Belize

Manage summer educational programming at Crooked Tree Museum and Cultural Heritage Center. (LINK)



Observe, practice,  and be mentored by professionals in the field. 


What Distinguishes Our Program 


Job Success

Every teacher certification candidate from the Class of 2018 has a full-time job in the field of education


Classroom Experience

Students have lots of opportunities for hands-on experiences in K-12 classrooms and informal learning spaces. 

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Environmental Education

WC is the only college in Maryland where students can become certified Environmental Science teachers.


Do You at Washington College

If the pandemic taught us anything, it's the incredible value of teachers. WC can help you find your path.

Elementary Teacher Certification 

The Elementary Certification Program is made up of three required components: 1) completion of selected core courses in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics-Natural Sciences; 2) an academic major, usually in Human Development; 3) a required sequence of Education courses and field experiences.  The program leads to teaching certification in grades 1-6. 

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Sample Courses 

  • EDU 252:  Educational Psychology
  • EDU 352:  Reading Instruction  & Assessment
  • EDU 414:  Elementary Teaching Internship (full-time)

Secondary Teacher Certification 

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 in one of the following areas: biology, business education, chemistry, computer science, English, environmental science, French, German, mathematics, physics, social studies, Spanish, theater, and art.

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Sample Courses

  • EDU 307:  Literacy in the Content Area
  • EDU 330:  Diversity & Inclusion
  • EDU 405: Secondary Teaching Internship (fulltime)

Non-Certification Major and Minor

The Education Department accommodates students who are interested in the theory and practice of human development through interdisciplinary studies in anthropology, education, psychology, and sociology; but not necessarily interested in seeking teacher certification during the four-year undergraduate experience. Options include the Human Development Major and a Secondary Education Minor.

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Sample Courses

  • ANT 215. Sex, Gender, and Culture
  • EDU 318. Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Education
  • PSY 202. Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Student Opportunities


By application only—in elementary and secondary education


Available in private schools, museums, and outdoor education programs


Education honor society that recognizes outstanding students who plan to pursue educational careers

For the junior expected to make the most effective contribution to the field of public education 

  • Rachel Scholz Leadership Award
  • Seán O' Connor Teaching Award
  • The Education Department Award



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Colin Levi

Class of 2020 • Annapolis, Maryland
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