Field Experiences

Course-related Field Work

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.  

Field ExperiencesStudents 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 1101: Contemporary American Education (4 hours)
Education 2203:  Educating All Students (24 hours in a middle school)
Education 3301/3302: Teaching and Curriculum (36 hours in a secondary school subject related to their teaching content area)
Education 3303 (PDFPDF): Student Teaching (14 week practicum)

Field ExperiencesAdditionally, 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 (schingos@bowdoin.edu) at 207-725-3733.