ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Education at Goucher?

Goucher’s Education Program offers a major and certification in elementary education (grade 1-6), certification in secondary education for majors in certain other programs (grades 7-12, with the exception of art and music, which are K-12 certification areas), and a major and certification in special education (grades 1-8). Our education students are taught thorough knowledge of their subject matter, as well as an understanding of school curricula, methods of teaching, educational theories of learning and teaching, and the relationship between theory and practice.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

The education curriculum prepares teachers for elementary and secondary schools. Teaching at any of these levels requires three major areas of preparation: (1) thorough knowledge of the subject matter, (2) understanding of the learners, and (3) study of the means whereby knowledge is communicated. The first is provided through courses in the liberal arts, while the other two are provided through the courses in education. The last two aim to have students gain an understanding of the learners' characteristics, curriculum, methods of teaching, theories of learning and teaching, relationship between theory and practice, and school as a social institution. 

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

All programs incorporate an extended internship experience lasting several semesters. A student who satisfactorily fulfills the standards of the programs, meets the Maryland State Department of Education's Essential Dimensions of Teaching, and passes the Praxis I and II tests appropriate to the area of certification is recommended for certification in Maryland. Students eligible for Maryland certification can then receive equivalent or temporary certification in more than 40 states through reciprocity. Students who wish to be certified to teach outside of Maryland should obtain information about the requirements specified by the Department of Education in the desired state.


Major & Minor Program Contacts
Education major or minor: Ann Marie Longo
Special Education: Ann Marie Longo
Elementary Education: Ann Marie Longo
Secondary Education: Robin Wilson

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Mary Adkins, Associate Professor, Director, M.A.T. Program

Frona Brown, Assistant Professor of Education: learning disabilities and fieldwork

LaJerne Cornish, Associate Professor of Education: adolescent development, secondary education

Ann Marie Longo, Associate Professor of Education: reading, special education, assessment

Tami Smith, Associate Professor of Education: child development, educational psychology

Robin Wilson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education: child adolescent development, secondary education, math

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Eli Velder, Professor of Education

Affiliate Faculty
George Delahunty, Mark Hiller, Elisa Koehler, Daniel Marcus, Matthew McConville, April Oettinger

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher education students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.

Goucher education students have participated in such study abroad programs as the Denmark International Study Program, the Multicultural Education in Costa Rica, Education in a Multicultural Israeli Society, and Township and Rural Education in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Visit the Office of International Studies for more information.

Opportunities & Internships

Internship Programs

Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the education faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. All of Goucher's education programs incorporate an extended internship experience lasting several semesters. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in education.

Courses in education and special education that include internship components include:

  • ED 104
  • ED 207
  • ED 222
  • ED 254
  • ED 290
  • ED 342
  • ED 353
  • SPE 100
  • SPE 344
  • SPE 346
  • SPE 348
  • SPE 350
  • Intercultural Communication/Township And Rural Education In South Africa (intensive course abroad)


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.