Several education classes at Bowdoin incorporate a field placement as a core part of the course. These field placements provide our students with an opportunity to participate in a classroom environment as both observers and participants. We also count on our students to add a valuable extra set of hands to support our wonderful local school teachers.
Students are currently placed in schools from Portland to Richmond and as far west as Lewiston, and encompass rural, suburban and urban settings and grades Kindergarten through high school. Placements are made under the guidance of school administrators, department heads, the Education Department faculty and the Program Placement and Outreach Coordinator.
Currently, field placements take place as part of the following courses:
Education 101: Contemporary American Education (4 hours)
Education 203: Educating All Students (24 hours in an elementary school)
Education 215: Adolescents in Schools (36 hours in a student-centered organization for those who are not student teaching)
Education 301/303: Teaching and Curriculum (36 hours in a secondary school subject related to their major)
Education 302 (PDF): Student Teaching (14 week practicum)
Additionally, a few students each semester conduct independent studies with a heavy field placement component.
Questions regarding any aspect of the field placement or outreach programs may be directed to Sarah Chingos (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 207-725-3733.