Education (Teacher Certification)

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Washington & Jefferson College has been preparing the best and brightest students to be our nation’s finest teachers for well over two centuries. Building on this historic tradition, W&J’s education department has become nationally and internationally recognized for its cutting edge, hands-on teacher education programs. Its curriculum and professors have won numerous awards. Most importantly, its students have among the highest job placement rates of any college or university in the state. Our active learning motto is “Docendo Discimus - we learn by teaching.”

The W&J Education Department offers four options for students seeking teacher certification in the state of Pennsylvania:

See the special requirements for admission to the education programs at W&J College, and review the exit criteria for graduates.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Research and Internships

  • Students research and connect theory and best practice through educational internships at urban, suburban, and rural schools locally and abroad in all core education classes.
  • Education students have received a record number of international Fulbright teaching awards.


  • Classroom teacher in PreK-4; grades 4-8; grades 7-12; specialty teacher grades PreK-12 (Art, French, German, and Spanish); Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12
  • School counselor, school psychologist, child advocate, principal, curriculum director
  • Superintendent (with additional graduate studies)

Education (Teacher Certification) Faculty

John Zimmerman, Ph.D. portrait

Education Department Chair

John Zimmerman, Ph.D

John E. Zimmerman, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Washington & Jefferson College.