Secondary Education
Offered by the Education department.

There’s nothing like seeing someone have an aha! moment. If you have a passion for a particular subject matter and love sharing your knowledge about it, teaching middle or high school could be an ideal career path. When you study secondary education at Wheaton, you’ll fulfill licensure requirements to teach high school in Massachusetts, while gaining expertise in the content area of your choice. Secondary ed students can major in biology, chemistry, English, French, history, mathematics, or Spanish. Your student-teaching and fieldwork experiences will take you to diverse classrooms across the region, and even abroad.

Secondary Education Major Four Year Plan

Overview of MTEL Requirements for Secondary Education Majors


Additional Details


100% of Secondary Education majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of Secondary Education majors

Recent Graduates

Sample first jobs

  • 9-12 Mathematics Teacher, East Bridgewater Junior/Senior High School
  • English Teacher, Aspen School District
  • Paraeducator, Hingham High School
  • Teacher, Manchester Public Schools
  • Teaching Fellow, Citizen School

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 74% for the classes of 2014-2018

Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

Tyler Setterlund

2020, History, Secondary Education

Dan Golden Fellowship

Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, MA

This internship allowed me to combine my interests in history and nature and conservation into one valuable opportunity and made me realize I can pursue both interests in one professional field, such as with the National Parks Service.

Mikayla Pucci

2021, Mathematics, Secondary Education

Molly Shepard '68 and Peter Dean S'68 Leader's Scholar Internship

Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, MA

This internship opened my eyes to all of the work and collaboration that goes into being a successful teacher, and confirmed my career goal to teach high school math. The knowledge I gained developing curriculum will be a huge asset as I begin student teaching.

Amber Proteau

2020, Elementary Education, Psychology

Kristen Shea Bettencourt '89 Wheaton Fund Internship

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Burlington/Bolton, VT

This experience has been an amazing opportunity, as I have been able to work with people of all ages with a range of disabilities. I have now decided to focus my career on special education.

Carly Patterson

2021, Hispanic Studies, Secondary Education

Smiley Family Endowed Career Exploration Fund

Caluma High School, Caluma, Ecuador

After having the opportunity to teach English in Ecuador, I am reassured that my purpose in life is to be an educator—to provide a foundation for intelligent, curious and open-minded future generations.

Amy Glover

2021, American History, Secondary Education

Davis International Fellowship

Kenyan Scholar-Athlete Project, Thika, Kenya

I learned that I have a passion for international education.

Ida Mae Danforth

2021, Hispanic Studies, Secondary Education

Patricia Dunn Grey ‘80 Endowed Fund for the Filene Center

Unidad Educativa Caluma, Caluma, Ecuador

Working in the field of education, I gained a better appreciation for the importance of the career I intend to pursue. Immersing myself in a Spanish-speaking community allowed me to improve my language skills while experiencing the rich culture of Latin America.