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Secondary Education Majors

Students may prepare for Massachusetts teacher licensure in a secondary school in one of the following majors: chemistry, English, history, mathematics, biology and three modern foreign languages: French, German and Hispanic Studies. To qualify for licensure, a student must complete appropriate courses in the major and fulfill the course requirements leading to a major in secondary education. He or she must also pass the appropriate sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.

This major is only granted in conjunction with the relevant subject area major. Students must consult the secondary education program coordinator for guidance regarding particular courses required for the Massachusetts initial teaching license. This license can be converted into a license valid in other states by contacting the respective state department of education.

Eligibility for EDUC 495/EDUC 496 requires a CGPA of 2.67, a B- or better in EDUC 391, a GPA of B or above in the subject area major, a 40-hour observation residency, passing scores on the reading and writing subtests of the MTEL Communication and Literacy exam (before the fall of senior year), a passing score on the MTEL Subject exam, and good social standing as determined by the Dean of Students.

The secondary education program coordinator may grant waivers authorizing students to take alternative courses. These waivers are granted when students have taken a similar Wheaton course or a similar course at another institution. In extraordinary circumstances, the coordinator may grant waivers based on reading lists or assignments completed in multiple courses. Waivers may be granted for foundation courses or subject-matter courses, but not for EDUC 391 or EDUC 495/EDUC 496. Ordinarily, coordinators will grant no more than two waivers per student (exceptions are made for students who take relevant courses abroad).


Secondary Education Major - Biology (Grades 8-12)

Education Secondary Biology major worksheet

Required Courses

BIO 111 Evolution and Ecology

One course from the following:
EDUC 240 Multiple Perspectives on Literacy
EDUC 250 Schooling in America
EDUC 260 Teaching and Learning

One course from the following:
PSY 211 Learning and Memory
PSY 270 Adolescent Development

Following courses:
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education, Pre-K-12
EDUC 391 Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 495 Seminar in Teaching Methods
EDUC 496 Student Teaching Practicum in the Public Schools


Secondary Education Major - Chemistry (Grades 8-12)

Education Secondary Chemistry major worksheet

Required Courses

CHEM 153 Chemical Principles

One course from the following:
EDUC 240 Multiple Perspectives on Literacy
EDUC 250 Schooling in America
EDUC 260 Teaching and Learning

One course from the following:
PSY 211 Learning and Memory
PSY 270 Adolescent Development

Following courses:
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education, Pre-K-12
EDUC 391 Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 495 Seminar in Teaching Methods
EDUC 496 Student Teaching Practicum in the Public Schools


Secondary Education Major - English (Grades 8-12)

Education Secondary English major worksheet

Required Courses

One course from the following:
EDUC 240 Multiple Perspectives on Literacy
EDUC 250 Schooling in America
EDUC 260 Teaching and Learning

One course from the following:
PSY 211 Learning and Memory
PSY 270 Adolescent Development

Following courses:
EDUC 220 Introduction to Tutoring Writing
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education, Pre-K-12
EDUC 391 Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 495 Seminar in Teaching Methods
EDUC 496 Student Teaching Practicum in the Public Schools


Secondary Education Major - French (Grades 5-12)

Education Secondary French major worksheet

Required Courses

One course from the following:
EDUC 240 Multiple Perspectives on Literacy
EDUC 250 Schooling in America
EDUC 260 Teaching and Learning

One course from the following:
PSY 211 Learning and Memory
PSY 270 Adolescent Development

Following courses:
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education, Pre-K-12
FR 299 Independent Study (Teaching Assistantship)
EDUC 391 Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 495 Seminar in Teaching Methods
EDUC 496 Student Teaching Practicum in the Public Schools
FR 299 Independent Study (Teaching Assistantship)


Secondary Education Major - German (Grades 5-12)

Education Secondary German major worksheet

Required Courses

GER 240 Advanced German

One course from the following:
EDUC 240 Multiple Perspectives on Literacy
EDUC 250 Schooling in America
EDUC 260 Teaching and Learning

One course from the following:
PSY 211 Learning and Memory
PSY 270 Adolescent Development

Following courses:
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education, Pre-K-12
EDUC 391 Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 495 Seminar in Teaching Methods
EDUC 496 Student Teaching Practicum in the Public Schools


Secondary Education Major - History (Grades 8-12)

Education Secondary History major worksheet

Required Courses

POLS 101 The American Political System

One course from the following:
EDUC 240 Multiple Perspectives on Literacy
EDUC 250 Schooling in America
EDUC 260 Teaching and Learning

One course from the following:
PSY 211 Learning and Memory
PSY 270 Adolescent Development

Following courses:
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education, Pre-K-12
EDUC 391 Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 495 Seminar in Teaching Methods
EDUC 496 Student Teaching Practicum in the Public Schools


Secondary Education Major - Mathematics (Grades 8-12)

Education Secondary Mathematics major worksheet

Required Courses

One course from the following:
MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
MATH 151 Accelerated Statistics
MATH 241 Theory of Probability

One course from the following:
EDUC 240 Multiple Perspectives on Literacy
EDUC 250 Schooling in America
EDUC 260 Teaching and Learning

One course from the following:
PSY 211 Learning and Memory
PSY 270 Adolescent Development

Following courses:
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education, Pre-K-12
EDUC 391 Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 495 Seminar in Teaching Methods
EDUC 496 Student Teaching Practicum in the Public Schools


Secondary Education Major - Spanish (Grades 5-12)

Education Secondary Spanish major worksheet

Required Courses

One course from the following:
HISP 260 The Hispanic World: Introduction to Spain's Social and Cultural History
HISP 280 The Hispanic World: Introduction to Latin American Culture

One course from the following:
EDUC 240 Multiple Perspectives on Literacy
EDUC 250 Schooling in America
EDUC 260 Teaching and Learning

One course from the following:
PSY 211 Learning and Memory
PSY 270 Adolescent Development

Following courses:
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education, Pre-K-12
EDUC 391 Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 495 Seminar in Teaching Methods
EDUC 496 Student Teaching Practicum in the Public Schools

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