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Elementary Education

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. Consultation with the Coordinator of Elementary Education should be held during the first semester of the freshman year to insure proper scheduling and selection of courses.

The required education courses for students who wish to become certified as elementary teachers are listed under the Human Development major.

Washington College offers a Maryland State approved teacher education program that leads to teaching certification in grades 1st through 6th. One of the hallmarks of Washington College is our small and intimate residential community, which strives to develop each individual’s unique strengths.

Most future elementary teachers choose to major in Human Development but they are free to concentrate on their special interest areas by combining their professional preparation with a self-selected major and/or minor. Popular choices are: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, History, and Modern Languages, such as Spanish or French. Some students design their own majors. Students complete a two-semester 100 days teaching internship during the senior year.

Cooperative learning activities are an important part of our on-campus instruction. Throughout their relationship with the Education Department, our students will work closely together to master content material and to learn to share their knowledge with their peers and future students. They will learn a variety of strategies to meet diverse learning styles and the needs of the students they will teach. Students also will become proficient with technology in their class work and in their field experiences.

Field Work & Course Work Timeline for Teacher Certification

Fall or Spring Semester, Freshman Year

  • Complete EDU 211 - Clinical Field Experience - Context Features
  • Work on distribution requirements

Fall or Spring Semester, Sophomore Year

  • Complete EDU 212 - Clinical Field Experience - Student Developmental Needs
  • Continue to work on distribution requirements
  • EDU 251 (Principles of Education) and 252 (Educational Psychology)

Fall Semester, Junior Year

  • Complete EDU 213 - Clinical Field Experience - Learning to Read
  • EDU 351 - Processes & Acquisition of Reading
  • Completion of application file with statement of interest, clinical evaluations, transcript etc. (due September 15th)
  • Interview with Department faculty
  • Passing of ETS Praxis Core & 5001 national exams (refer to this Praxis chart for additional information) prior to September 15th

Spring Semester, Junior Year

  • Complete EDU 214 - Clinical Field Experience - Reading to Learn
  • EDU 305 - Qualitative Inquiry in Education
  • EDU 352 - Reading Instruction & Assessment
  • EDU 354 - Children’s & Young Adult Literature

Fall Semester, Senior Year

  • Complete ~40 days at assigned PDS site
  • Spend half-days on campus completing methods coursework: EDU 330, 411, 412, & 413
  • Passing of ETS Praxis II 5019

Spring Semester, Senior Year

  • Complete ~60 days at assigned PDS site
  • EDU 414 (12 credits) & EDU SCE (4 credits)
  • Portfolio presentations in PDS schools
  • Passing of ETS Praxis II 5622