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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.

Professional Coursework

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.

  • Secondary Certification Fieldwork Timeline

    By the end of sophomore year

    • take EDU 216. and 217. Clinical Field Experiences
    • take EDU 251. Principles of Education (fall only)
    • take EDU 252. Educational Psychology (spring only)

    Fall junior year

    • earn Maryland-required passing scores on SAT, ACT, or Praxis I (see program entry requirements)
    • take EDU 330. Diversity and Inclusion 
    • apply for Secondary Certification Program

    Spring junior year

    • take EDU 307. Reading in the Content Field
    • take EDU 404. Secondary Teaching Internship 

    Senior year

    • take EDU 401., EDU. 403., and EDU. 405 (Principles of Teaching, Special Methods of Teaching the Subject Area, Secondary Education Internship)
    • earn Maryland-required passing scores on Praxis II exams


*Note: Some students choose to complete the teaching internship during the semester after graduation.  Those students apply for the program the Fall before they intend to graduate.  Non-traditional students are encouraged to meet with members of the Education Department for assistance in course and internship planning.
Check out our handy program completion checklist!

What Makes us Unique?

Our students begin taking early field experiences in public school classrooms during their first year.  They begin foundation courses in Education during their freshman or sophomore years in preparation for the program.

A hallmark of the Secondary Education Program is the challenging yet supportive environment created by the students, faculty, and school personnel as they work closely together to ensure each student’s success and provide the students with a framework for understanding their chosen profession.

Because of the small size of the college and the program, our students get personal attention and are invited to a number of state and national functions, including speaking at professional meetings and participating in Teacher of the Year and Teachers of Promise functions.