Students interested in studying education may engage different components of the department’s program offerings and may choose from any of the following pathways:
Education Studies Minor
The Education Studies minor engages students in an interdisciplinary approach to education that could lead to future work or graduate study in areas such as policymaking, curriculum, ddesign, school reform, and education law.
The teaching minor is designed for students who are committed to teaching in some capacity following graduation. Through sequential coursework and required field work in schools, students prepare for professional practice as they learn how to develop curriculum and plan, implement and evaluate lessons. Students considering a teaching minor must meet certain content area requirements.
Interdisciplinary Major in Mathematics and Education
This interdisciplinary major in mathematics and education provides students with an opportunity to engage broadly in the field of mathematics while also completing requirements for the teaching minor. It is a path designed for students considering teaching secondary level mathematics following graduation. Students who complete this interdisciplinary major are eligible to apply for the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program.
Bowdoin Teacher Scholars
Students who complete the teaching minor and content area requirements may choose to apply to the education department’s state-approved public school teacher certification program. Bowdoin Teacher Scholars complete a full-time, 14-week student teaching practicum, participate in a professional development seminar, and develop a professional portfolio. Students may complete the program in the spring of their junior or senior year, or during a spring semester within two years of graduation. Successful completers of the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program are eligible for Maine state initial teacher certification.
Members of the education department faculty are available to meet with students at any point to discuss which pathway will best suit their goals. Students interested in the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program are particularly encouraged to meet with an education department faculty member as early as their first year in order to ensure that they have adequately planned to meet required coursework.