Teacher Certification: Entry Requirements

Entry criteria for the Teacher Certification Program are as follows:

  • cumulative GPA of 2.8 (and a GPA of 3.0 in the teaching field for secondary certification);
  • recommendation from a professor in the students’ major field of study (for secondary certification);
  • approval of the Education Department Chair following a formal interview with the Chair and departmental colleagues;
  • and a Maryland passing score on one of the following exams: Praxis I-composite score of 527, SAT-composite score of 1100, ACT-composite score of 24, or GRE-composite score of 297 (1000 if taken before September 2011).

Admission to the program generally occurs during the fall semester of the junior year. (Where possible, the Department will make accommodations for “late deciders.”)

It should be noted that Washington College Teacher Certification Program requirements may be modified because of evolving state requirements for approved programs in teacher education.

Program Completion Requirements

Students will be recommended for Maryland Approved Program teacher certification when they successfully: 1) earn an academic degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 and a GPA of 3.0 in their major for secondary certification; 2) complete the Washington College Teacher Certification Program; 3) complete national examinations according to Maryland standards, 4) complete an exit interview with the program Certification Administrator; and 5) earn a grade of “B-“ or better in EDU 405. or EDU 413. and 414.