Secondary Education
Offered by the Education department.

Students may prepare for Massachusetts teacher licensure in a secondary school in one of the following majors: chemistry, English, history, mathematics, biology, French, and Spanish. To qualify for licensure, students must complete appropriate courses in the major and fulfill the course requirements leading to a major in secondary education. They 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 (classes ’20, ’21, and ’22) or CGPA of 3.0 (class of ’23 and beyond), a B- or better in EDUC 230 and EDUC 391, a GPA of B or above in the subject area major, a 40-hour fieldwork experience in a setting with diverse learners, passing scores on the reading and writing subtests of the MTEL Communication and Literacy exam, a passing score on the MTEL Subject exam, and good social standing according to the Dean of Students with no conduct hearings pending.  Students must also demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Wheaton Education Department, promise of fulfilling all Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers, including the Professional Culture standard (which must be demonstrated by behavior such as, but not limited to, appropriate professional communication and appropriate professional conduct with classmates, students, fieldwork supervisors, community members, and faculty).

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 for Classes of ’23 and Beyond

Education Secondary Biology Major Worksheet for Classes ’20, ’21, and ’22

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 Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education
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 for Classes of ’23 and Beyond

Education Secondary Chemistry Major Worksheet for Classes ’20, ’21, ’22

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 Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education
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 5-12)

Education Secondary English Major Worksheet for Classes ’23 and Beyond

Education Secondary English Major Worksheet for Classes ’20, ’21, and ’22

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 Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education
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 for Classes ’23 and Beyond

Education Secondary French Major Worksheet for Classes ’20, ’21, and ’22

Required Courses

One course from the following:
FR 235 Introduction to Modern French Literature
FR 236 Introduction to Early French Literature
FR 245 Contemporary France

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 Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education
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 5-12)

Education Secondary History Major Worksheet for Classes ’23 and Beyond

Education Secondary History Major Worksheet for Classes ’20, ’21, and ’22

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 Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education
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 for Classes ’23 and Beyond

Education Secondary Mathematics Major Worksheet for Classes ’20, ’21, and ’22

Required Courses

One course from the following:
MATH 151 Introduction to Data Science
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 Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education
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 for Classes ’23 and Beyond

Education Secondary Spanish Major Worksheet For Classes ’20, ’21 and ’22

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 Learners
EDUC 251 Special Education
EDUC 391 Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 495 Seminar in Teaching Methods
EDUC 496 Student Teaching Practicum in the Public Schools