Preparation, Requirements and Application


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
  • World 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

The Education Department considers these admission requirements 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 and meeting all standards on all course assignments.
  • 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.
  • Completion of content area requirements.

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
  • World Languages:  Eight courses in the language in which you seek certification
  • Life Science: Seven courses in biology and one additional course in biochemistry, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, math, neuroscience or physics
  • Physical Science: Seven courses in one of the following: chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, or physics, and one course from another department: chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, math or physics.

Extenuating Circumstances

If a candidate does not meet the above admission requirements, the candidate may 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 October 15th at 5:00pm.

Application Process 


Applications for the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program will be considered the fall before a candidate intends to enroll.  The application deadline is October 15th at 5:00pm. 

A complete application will include: 

  • Application form
  • Résumé
  • Transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • In a 5-7 page essay, please describe how your experiences at Bowdoin and beyond have demonstrated a commitment to the Education Department's Core Values : 1) Be aware of the big picture; 2) Embrace theory and practice; 3) Live in and model the spirit of inquiry. As part of your response, please specifically discuss two teaching standards that you feel will be areas of strength for you during your practicum, and discuss two standards that you feel will be challenging and why. Maine Beginning Teaching Standards.
  • Interview with Education Department members – please contact Laura Sweet ( to sign up for time
  • Application deadline: October 15th at 5:00pm.

Appeals Process

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

  • Inform, in writing, the Education Department Chair of the desire to appeal.
  • Submit a written justification for the appeal.

The deadline for both of these actions is November 5th at 5:00 pm. Following a meeting of the ad hoc committee, the candidate will be notified of the decision. 

Additional Notes

  • Because Bowdoin Teacher Scholars who choose the Undergraduate Pathway receive only 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.  See information on Testing and Fingerprinting in Current Scholars section.
  • Bowdoin Teacher Scholars must register for and pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators test (3 parts) and Praxis II – content knowledge.  See Testing and Fingerprinting information in Current Scholars section. 
  • 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 secondary mathematics, life science, physical science, English, social studies, and K-12 world language.
  • 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.