Navigate Up
Sign In

Secondary Education


Are you interested in history and English? Maybe you love biology, chemistry, or math? Is studying a foreign language what you really want to do?

If you have a passion for any of these subject areas and would like to serve the community through teaching, our secondary education program is for you.

We offer students interested in high school teaching careers a bachelor’s program that leads to certification in the areas of biology, chemistry, English, French, history, Italian, mathematics, physics and Spanish. Students major in one of these content areas while simultaneously completing the secondary education program.

In many ways, as a PC secondary education student, you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds. You’ll have the opportunity to study a field of knowledge in great depth and to develop professional skills to allow you to put that knowledge to work — in the classroom or in careers associated with your concentration.

In other words, a transformational educational experience that makes you employable.


  • The liberal arts at PC provides the intellectual rigor and critical analysis skills that make our secondary education graduates superior — and sought after — high school teachers.
  • Prior to student teaching, majors participate in four structured sequential field experiences that provide opportunities interact with high school students in a variety of schools and classrooms. At least one of these experiences is in urban schools. In addition, students are encouraged to interact with children and the community through service and service-learning activities. The program culminates with a full year of working with a master teacher.
  • Secondary education students can complement their academic studies through involvement in co-curricular clubs and honor societies.
  • Secondary education students participate in the entire range of student life on- and off-campus — from service organizations like PC Pals and Campus Ministry to varsity and intramural athletics, student government, and cultural groups.
  • Secondary education students, particularly those learning to teach a foreign language, are encouraged to study abroad. This usually occurs during the junior year.

SAT Requirements

Providence College is a test optional institution. However, due to state teacher certification regulations, completion of an education program requires passing a variety of standardized basic skills, teaching skills, and content knowledge tests at various points throughout the program. Therefore acceptance into Providence College is separate from acceptance into an education program.


Secondary Education Program
Harkins Hall, Room 328
Phone: 401-865-2121
Fax: 401-865-1021

Dr. Kevin O'Connor
Program Director

Jane DeGiulio
Administrative Assistant

Phyllis Connolly
Senior Office Assistant

Other contacts:

Shannon T. Dolan
Director of Field Placements and Partnerships
Location: Harkins Hall 327

Diane  C. Comerford
Director of Assessment Services
Location: Harkins Hall 336

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity