Secondary Education Studies Minor

Secondary Education Studies Minor

The minor in Secondary Education Studies offers students the opportunity to enhance their major studies and, through exposure to the philosophies and practical application of Education, be prepared to take on the challenges of their chosen profession, when many lives will be affected by their actions and decisions. The minor can also help students gain awareness of how people work and learn - and help students communicate clearly and effectively.

The Secondary Education Studies minor is for students who might be interested in teaching but who do not want to complete a full-time teaching internship.  Students interested in non-traditional teaching (outdoor, environmental, or museum education), other school-based careers (like guidance counselor or school psychologist), graduate school, or other people-oriented careers can benefit from this minor. Students interested in pursuing alternative teaching certification after graduation can benefit also.

Students planning on pursuing teacher certification while at Washington College should note that this minor on its own is not sufficient for certification. Students who wish to teach middle school or high school are encouraged to consider applying for the Secondary Teacher Certification Program.

Human Development majors are not eligible for a minor in Secondary Education Studies.

Note that students must complete 2 of the 4 required courses and a field experience through Washington College in order to complete the minor.

Requirements for the Minor

The Secondary Education Studies Minor requires a minimum of seven courses:

  • EDU 251,
  • EDU 252,
  • EDU 307,
  • EDU 330,
  • a one-credit Secondary or International Field Experience (EDU 215-217) (EDU 194 SpTp: Environmental Education Field Experience may count with permission of the Director of the Minor), and
  • two additional courses from the following:

EDU 305.  Qualitative Inquiry in Education

EDU 311.  Human Geography (Spring odd years only)

EDU 315.  Traditional and Modern Grammar (Spring even years only)

EDU 318.  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Education

EDU 354. / ENG 342.  Children’s and Young Adult Literature

EDU 406.  Seminar in Peer Tutoring (by application only)

PSY 202.  Lifespan Development 

ANT 300.  Language and Culture

SOC 221.  Social Inequalities

EDU 394.  Special Topics Courses 

The “Ed Block” certification program courses (by application only): EDU 401. Principles of Teaching, EDU 403. Special Methods in Teaching, and EDU 405. Secondary Education Teaching Internship

Related courses approved by Department Chair and Coordinator of Secondary Education