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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 fourteen Maryland Approved Secondary Certification Programs: 

  • biology, business education, chemistry, English, environmental science, mathematics, physics, social studies*, and theatre (certification in grades 7-12),
  • and art, French, German, music and Spanish (certification in grades PreK-12).

Fieldwork and timeline

Students who wish to become certified as middle or high school teachers must take the coursework listed in the secondary program course checklist.  

Students should note that the timeline contained in the secondary program course checklist 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) Complete application form and have a professor in your major department complete the personal recommendation form by September 15 of your junior year.

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.

We can also work with individual students’ schedules to help them complete their graduation and certification requirements on schedule.  Graduating in three years? Transferring to Washington College? Need an extra semester? We can work with you!