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Education – Overview

  • Nancy Jennings, Department Chair
  • Lynn A. Brettler, Department Coordinator

  • Associate Professors: Charles Dorn*, Nancy Jennings, Doris A. Santoro
  • Lecturer: Kathleen O’Connor
  • Visiting Faculty: Kathryn Byrnes
  • Fellow: Casey Meehan

Bowdoin College does not offer a major in education.

Requirements for the Minor in Education

The department offers two minors: an Education Studies minor for students who wish to develop an understanding of the history and philosophy of education and its interrelationships with other cultural and social institutions and a Teaching minor for students who plan to teach in some capacity following graduation. Four and one-half courses are required for the Education Studies minor: Education 1101 {101}; three from among Education 2211 {211}, 2212 {212} (same as Gay and Lesbian Studies 2120 {212} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2282 {282}), 2221 {221}, 2250 {250} (same as Government 2940 {219}), 2265 {265}, and 3325 {325}; and Education 3333 {333}. One independent study credit, study away course, or course from another department that is not cross-listed with education may be used to complete the Education Studies minor with department approval. Four courses are required for the Teaching minor: Education 1101 {101}, 2203 {203}, 3301 {301}, and 3302 {303}. Courses that will count toward either minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail) with the exception of Education 3333 {333}. 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:

1. Complete a full-time, 14-week, student-teaching practicum in a public school.

2. Participate in an introspective weekly seminar.

3. Develop a professional portfolio.

4. Receive a Maine State Department of Education Public School Teaching Certificate, making them eligible to teach in any public school in the United States.

5. Gain access to the Boston, New York, and Philadelphia Teaching Induction Programs sponsored by the Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education.

To become a Teacher Scholar, students must apply for candidacy through the education department, be a community member in good standing as verified by Dean’s Review, 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 3301 {301} and Education 3302 {303}. Subject areas of certification include mathematics, life science, physical science, English, world languages, 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.

Content Area Requirement for Bowdoin Teacher Scholars

Social Studies: Six courses in history (at least two of which must be non-U.S.) and one course each in two of the following departments: anthropology, economics, government, psychology, or sociology.

English: Eight courses in English.

Mathematics: Eight courses in mathematics.

World Languages: Eight courses in the language in which certification is sought.

Life Science: Six courses in biology and two additional courses in biology, biochemistry, or neuroscience.

Physical Science: Six courses in one of the following: chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, or physics, and one course in each of the other two departments.

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%.

Pathways

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.

Undergraduate Pathway

By the end of the fall semester of their junior or senior year, Teacher Scholars:

1. Complete prerequisite coursework in education (Education 1101 {101}, 2203 {203}, 3301 {301}, and 3302 {303}) and in the chosen content area.

During the spring semester of their junior or senior year, Teacher Scholars:

2. Complete a full-time, 14-week practicum (students receive course credit for this practicum through Education 3303 {302}: Student Teaching Practicum).

3. Enroll in Education 3304 {304}: Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Seminar.

Postgraduate Pathway

By the time they graduate from Bowdoin, Teacher Scholars:

1. Complete prerequisite coursework in Education (Education 1101 {101}, 2203 {203}, 3301 {301}, and 3302 {303}) and in the chosen content area.

During a spring semester and within two years of their Bowdoin graduation, Teacher Scholars:

2. Complete a full-time, 14-week practicum (students receive course credit for this practicum through Education 3303 {302}: Student Teaching Practicum).

3. Enroll in Education 3304 {304}: Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Seminar.

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