Math and Education Interdisciplinary Major

Bowdoin College offers students an opportunity to become certified middle and high school math teachers through a rigorous scholarly and classroom-based preparation.

The program includes an interdisciplinary major in mathematics and education, cocurricular and summer programs, and participation in Bowdoin Teacher Scholars.

Completing certification requirements in a timely fashion requires a good deal of planning, so students are strongly encouraged to meet with faculty members in the mathematics and education departments early in their college careers.

An interdisciplinary major in mathematics and education requires a total of eleven courses from the two departments. Within the mathematics department, students are required to take Math 1800, 2000, and 2020 and at least one course from each of the following categories:

  • Modeling: Math 2108, 2109, 2208 or 2209.
  • Algebra and Analysis: Math 2301, 2303, 2502, 2602, 2603 or 2702.
  • Geometry: Math 2404 or 3404.
  • Statistics: Math 1200, 1300, or 2606. (Course credit for statistics will also be granted for AP Statistics with a score of 4 or 5, Economics 2557, or Psychology 2520 provided that the student also completes Math 2206.)

These groupings represent a breadth of areas of mathematics, and familiarity with each is especially important for students studying mathematics and education.

Within the education department, the required coursework consists of:

  • Education 1101: Contemporary American Education
  • Education 2203: Educating All Students
  • Education 3301: Teaching and Learning
  • Education 3302: Curriculum Development

Please note: Students must take Education 3301 and 3302 concurrently during the fall semester of their junior or senior year. Each of the eleven courses required for the major must be passed with a grade of C- or better. At most, two of the mathematics courses submitted for the major can be transfer credits from other institutions. When first declaring the major, a student must submit a planned program of courses to the mathematics and education departments. It may be changed later with the approval of the departmental advisors.

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