Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Program

Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Practicum Handbook  (PDF) PDF

Program Description

The Bowdoin Teacher Scholars are a highly select group of Bowdoin College undergraduates and graduates who seek to affect social change by becoming teachers through a rigorous scholarly and classroom-based preparation.

The Teacher Scholars:

  • Complete a full-time, 14-week, student-teaching practicum in a public secondary school.
  • Participate in an introspective weekly seminar during which they critique their colleagues’ as well as their own teaching.
  • Develop a professional portfolio and “defend” the contents of that portfolio before a group of Bowdoin College faculty.
  • Receive a Maine State Department of Education Public School Teaching Certificate, with Highly Qualified Teacher status, making them eligible to teach in any public school in the United States.
  • Gain access to the Boston, New York, and Philadelphia Teacher Induction Programs sponsored by the Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education.

Pathways

Bowdoin Teacher Scholars follow one of two pathways. As undergraduates, students may participate in the program during the spring semester of their junior or senior year.  As post-graduates, they may 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:

  • Complete prerequisite coursework (1101, 2203, 3301 and 3302).

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

  • Complete a full-time, 14-week, student-teaching practicum (students receive course credit for this practicum through ED 3303—Student Teaching Practicum).
  • Enroll in ED 3304—Seminar:  Analysis of Teaching and Learning.
  • Enroll in an independent study focused on developing teaching portfolios.
Post-Graduate Pathway

By the time they graduate from Bowdoin, Teacher Scholars:

  • Complete prerequisite coursework (1101, 2203, 3301 and 3302).

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

  • Complete a full-time, 14-week, student-teaching practicum (students receive course credit for this practicum through ED 3303—Student Teaching Practicum).
  • Enroll in ED 3304—Seminar: Analysis of Teaching and Learning.
  • Tuition will be waived for all post-graduate Teacher Scholars.

Preparation for Bowdoin Teacher Scholars

Advanced planning is important in order to ensure that eligibility requirements are met for the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program.  Prior to enrolling in Education 3301/3302, students should have the following number of courses in their content area:

Social Studies:  Three courses in history, and one additional course in government, anthropology, economics, sociology or psychology.

English:  Four courses in English

Mathematics:  Four courses in mathematics

Modern Languages:  Four courses in a language

Life Science:  Four courses in biology

Physical Science:  Three courses in one of the following - EOS, chemistry or physics, and one course in one of the other departments.

Students do not need to major in the content area in which they are getting certified if they meet the content area requirements stated below in Admission Requirements.  To "count" as a course in the discipline, it must be listed as a course in that department.  Courses from other institutions may be considered.  It is also recommended that students keep a copy of the syllabus from each course in case analysis of a syllabus is required for consideration by the department or state.

The Education Department strongly recommends that students interested in the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program meet with an Education Department faculty member as early as first year in order to ensure that they have adequately planned to meet required coursework.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars are listed below. The Education Department considers these an essential foundation for success in the program.

General requirements:

  • Junior or senior standing.
  • A 3.0 grade point average in ED 3301 and 3302.
  • A cumulative 3.0 grade point average at the end of the semester prior to the beginning of their student-teaching practicum.
  • Status as a community member in good standing.
  • Submission of a three- to five-page essay in which candidates answer the question: How do you define “good teaching” and how have you prepared yourself to engage in good teaching in the future?
  • Resume.
  • Interview with Education Department members.
  • The deadline for submitting these materials is October 14, 2013 at 5:00pm.

Content area requirements:

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

English: Eight courses in English

Mathematics:  Eight courses in mathematics

Modern Languages:  Eight courses in the language in which you seek certification

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

Physical Science: Six courses in one of the following - EOS, chemistry or physics, and one course in each of the other two departments

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

If a candidate does not meet the admission requirements, he/she must also submit:

  • A written explanation of possible extenuating circumstances prohibiting the candidate from satisfying the admission requirements and a statement explaining how those circumstances will not limit his/her success in the program.
  • The names of two faculty members in the candidate’s major department who will attest to his/her competence in the candidate’s disciplinary major.
  • The deadline for submitting these materials is also Friday, October 15, 2014 at 4:00pm.
  • Inform, in writing, the Education Department Chair of the desire to appeal.
  • Submit a written justification for the appeal.
  • As Bowdoin Teacher Scholars who choose the Undergraduate Pathway receive three credits for their practicum, seminar and independent study during the spring semester of their junior or senior year, they may need a fifth course earlier in their college career in order to obtain the 32 credits needed for graduation.
  • Bowdoin Teacher Scholars must be fingerprinted prior to beginning their student teaching practicum.
  • Bowdoin Teacher Scholars must register for and take Praxis I and II.
  • The Education Department provides student teaching field placements only for subject areas in which the Department has State of Maine authorization to certify. These include mathematics, life science, physical science, English, foreign language, and social studies.
  • Bowdoin Teacher Scholars who choose the Post-Graduate Pathway may qualify for a stipend through the Snow Family Fund, which covers program expenses.
  • Students who complete Bowdoin College graduation requirements at the end of a fall semester are considered "December completers" (rather than "graduates") by the College and are therefore considered "undergraduates" for the purpose of Bowdoin Teacher Scholars.

APPEALS PROCESS

If a candidate is not accepted into the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars, he or she may appeal to an ad hoc committee comprised of Bowdoin College faculty.
To begin the appeals process, he/she must:

The deadline for both of these actions is November 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm.. Following a meeting of the ad hoc committee, the candidate will be notified of his/her status.