Bowdoin College does not offer a major in education.
Requirements for the Minor in Education
The department offers two minors: a Teaching minor for students who plan to teach in some capacity following graduation and an Education Studies minor for those who do not. Four courses are required for the Education Studies minor: Education 101 and three others chosen from among Education 211, 212, 215, 250 (same as Government 219), 325. One independent study credit may be used to complete the Education Studies minor. Four courses are required for the Teaching minor: Education 101, 203, 301, 303. Courses that will count toward either minor must be taken on a graded basis (not Credit/D/Fail). Students must earn a grade of C- or better in order to have a course count toward either minor in education. Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all prerequisite courses.
Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Program
The Bowdoin Teacher Scholars are a select group of Bowdoin undergraduates and graduates who embrace the College’s commitment to the common good by becoming teachers through a rigorous scholarly and classroom-based preparation.
The Teacher Scholars:
To become a Teacher Scholar, students must apply for candidacy through the education department, be a community member in good standing, and have a strong academic record. A cumulative 3.0 grade point average is required as well as a 3.0 grade point average in Education 301 and Education 303. Students must major in a subject area that enables them to be certified to teach by the State of Maine. Subject areas of certification include mathematics, life science, physical science, English, foreign language, and social studies. Since majors at Bowdoin do not correspond directly with subject areas for public school certification, students are strongly encouraged to meet with a member of the education department early in their college careers. Also note that teaching candidates must be fingerprinted and earn a passing score on all examinations specified by the Maine Department of Education. Since this requirement was first instituted, Bowdoin students’ pass rate has been 100%.
Bowdoin Teacher Scholars follow one of two pathways. In the first, students participate in the program as undergraduates during the spring semester of their junior or senior year. In the second, they participate in the program during a spring semester within two years following their Bowdoin graduation.
By the end of the fall semester of their junior or senior year, Teacher Scholars:
By the time they graduate from Bowdoin, Teacher Scholars: