Requirements

Education Coordinate Major

Students coordinate their study of education with any department/program at Bowdoin that offers a major. To satisfy the requirements for the coordinate major in education, students must complete the six credits detailed below as well as the major requirements within their coordinated department/program. 

Required Courses
EDUC 1101Contemporary American Education1
Select five courses at the 2000 level or higher5
  • 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 education department may be used to fulfill the major requirements.
  • All majors are encouraged to take a course at the 3000 level.

Education Minor

A minor in education requires four courses:

Required Courses
EDUC 1101Contemporary American Education1
Select three courses at the 2000 level or higher3
  • 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 education department may be used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  • All minors are encouraged to take a course at the 3000 level.

Interdisciplinary Majors

Education participates in interdisciplinary programs in education and mathematics and in education and physics. See the Interdisciplinary Majors area for more information. 

Additional Information and Department Policies

  • Students should be aware that EDUC 3301 Teaching and Learning and EDUC 3302 Curriculum Development have “content area” prerequisite courses that are taken outside of the education department. Students should consult the education department 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.
  • Courses in the teaching pathway 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.

Teacher Scholars:

  • 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 education department, 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 EDUC 3301 Teaching and Learning and EDUC 3302 Curriculum Development. 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 education department early in their college careers.

Content Area Requirements for Bowdoin Teacher Scholars

  • Social Studies: at least five courses in history (at least two of which must be non-US); and three courses from the following departments: anthropology, economics, government, history, psychology, or sociology. At least one of these must be from anthropology, economics, government, or history.
  • 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.

Pathways

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.

Undergraduate Pathway

By the end of the fall semester of their junior or senior year, Teacher Scholars:

  • complete prerequisite coursework in education (EDUC 1101 Contemporary American Education, EDUC 2203 Educating All Students, EDUC 3301 Teaching and Learning, and EDUC 3302 Curriculum Development) 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 EDUC 3303 Student Teaching Practicum.);
  • enroll in EDUC 3304 Bowdoin Teacher Scholar Seminar: Analysis of Teaching and Learning; 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.

Postgraduate Pathway

By the time they graduate from Bowdoin, Teacher Scholars:

  • complete prerequisite coursework in Education (EDUC 1101 Contemporary American Education, EDUC 2203 Educating All Students, EDUC 3301 Teaching and Learning, and EDUC 3302 Curriculum Development) 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 EDUC 3303 Student Teaching Practicum.); and
  • enroll in EDUC 3304 Bowdoin Teacher Scholar Seminar: Analysis of Teaching and Learning.

This is an excerpt from the official Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook. View the Catalogue