Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Program

Overview

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 generally 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 generally 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. 

Additional information:

  • Post-graduate Bowdoin Teacher Scholars are responsible for their own housing and reliable transportation to get to work through a cold Maine winter.
  • The practicum begins the day the school district returns following holiday break.  This may vary depending on the school placement.  It will continue for 14 weeks, generally to the start of April vacation.
  • Bowdoin Teacher Scholars must provide proof of health insurance or enroll in Bowdoin’s insurance program.
  • Bowdoin Teacher Scholars must be fingerprinted prior to starting your practicum. Processing generally takes 6 weeks.
  • Bowdoin Teacher Scholars may enroll in Bowdoin’s meal plan, at their own cost.