Lynn A. Brettler, Department Coordinator
Professor: Charles Dorn
Associate Professor: Doris A. Santoro
Assistant Professor: Alison Riley Miller
Visiting Faculty: Jacob Fay, Lauren P. Saenz
Requirements for the Major in Education
A coordinate major in education requires six courses:
- Education 1101: Contemporary American Education
- five courses at the 2000 level or higher, except Education 2251: Teaching Writing
- Students may count one intermediate independent study and one advanced independent study toward the major.
- With departmental approval, one study away course or course that is not cross-listed with the Department of Education may be used to fulfill the major requirements.
- All majors are encouraged to take a course at the 3000 level.
Course selection for the coordinate major is completed in close consultation with a Department of Education advisor. Students who choose to major in sociology, for instance, might construct a course of study that explores “schooling and social difference” and take courses in educational philosophy; sociology of education; student exceptionality; education and citizenship; and gender, sexuality, and schooling. Students who choose to major in government and legal studies might construct a course of study in “school reform” and take courses in educational policy, education and law, school privatization, urban education, and educational history. Students who choose to major in biology and are considering becoming life science teachers might construct a course of study around “science teaching and learning” and take courses in student exceptionality, science education, teaching and learning, curriculum development, and urban education.
Students may choose to coordinate their study of education with any department/program at Bowdoin that offers a major. Students may count courses cross-listed with education and the home department/program toward both the home department/program major and the coordinate major with the permission of both departments/programs. Students may not declare a coordinate major in education with any of the following: a second departmental major, a student-designed major, or an interdisciplinary major.
Requirements for the Minor in Education
A minor in education requires four courses:
- Education 1101: Contemporary American Education
- three courses at the 2000 level or above, except Education 2251: Teaching Writing
- Students may count up to one intermediate or advanced independent study toward the minor.
- With departmental approval, one study away course or course that is not cross-listed with the Department of Education may be used to fulfill the minor requirements.
- All minors are encouraged to take a course at the 3000 level.
- Students should be aware that Education 3301: Teaching and Learning, and Education 3302: Curriculum Development, have “content area” prerequisite courses that are taken outside of the Department of Education. Students should consult the Department of Education website for details at bowdoin.edu/education.
- Students interested in the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars teacher certification program (see description below) may complete the program’s four prerequisite courses in the context of the coordinate major or the minor, or they may choose to do so outside of either the coordinate major or the minor.
- Courses that count toward the coordinate major, minor, or for Bowdoin Teacher Scholars eligibility must be taken for regular letter grades.
- Students must earn a grade of C- or better in order to have a course count toward the coordinate major or minor, serve as a prerequisite, or count as a content area requirement.
- Core courses in education must be taken at Bowdoin.
Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Program
The Bowdoin Teacher Scholars are a select group of Bowdoin undergraduates and graduates who embrace the College’s commitment to the common good by becoming teachers through a rigorous scholarly and classroom-based program.
- complete a full-time, fourteen-week, student-teaching practicum in a public school;
- participate in a reflective weekly seminar;
- develop a professional portfolio;
- receive Maine State initial teacher certification (Note: Maine State initial teacher certification carries reciprocity with all states and Washington, DC.); and
- gain access to the Boston, New York, and Philadelphia Teaching Induction Programs sponsored by the Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education.
To become a Teacher Scholar, students must apply for candidacy through the Department of Education, be a community member in good standing as verified by a dean’s review, and have a strong academic record. A cumulative 3.0 grade point average is required as well as a 3.0 grade point average in Education 3301 and 3302. Subject areas of certification include secondary (grades 7–12) mathematics, life science, physical science, English, social studies, and world languages (grades K–12). Because majors at Bowdoin do not always correspond directly with subject areas for public school certification, students are strongly encouraged to meet with a member of the Department of Education early in their college careers.
Content Area Requirements for Teacher Scholars
- 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: anthropology, economics, government, psychology, or sociology
- English: eight courses
- Mathematics: eight courses
- World Languages: eight courses in the language in which certification is sought
- 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
Also note that teaching candidates must be fingerprinted and earn a passing score on all examinations specified by the Maine Department of Education.
Bowdoin Teacher Scholars follow one of two pathways. In the first, students participate in the program as undergraduates during the spring semester of their junior or senior year. In the second, they participate in the program during a spring semester within two years following their Bowdoin graduation.
By the end of the fall semester of their junior or senior year, Teacher Scholars:
- complete prerequisite course work in education (Education 1101, 2203, 3301, and 3302) and in the chosen content area.
During the spring semester of their junior or senior year, Teacher Scholars:
- complete a full-time, fourteen-week practicum (Students receive course credit for this practicum through Education 3303: Student Teaching Practicum.);
- enroll in Education 3304: Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Seminar; and
- may enroll in an advanced independent study on portfolio development.
Note: Students are advised to take only three credits during the practicum semester and should plan to take an additional credit beforehand.
By the time they graduate from Bowdoin, Teacher Scholars:
- complete prerequisite course work in Education (Education 1101, 2203, 3301, and 3302) and in the chosen content area.
During a spring semester and within two years of their Bowdoin graduation, Teacher Scholars:
- complete a full-time, fourteen-week practicum (Students receive course credit for this practicum through Education 3303: Student Teaching Practicum.); and
- enroll in Education 3304: Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Seminar.