Preparation and Requirements

Advance 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:

  • English: Four courses in English
  • Life Science: Four courses in biology
  • Mathematics: Four courses in mathematics
  • Physical Science: Three courses in one of the following: chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, or physics, and one course in one of the other departments
  • Social Studies: Two courses in history and two additional courses in anthropology, economics, government, history, psychology, or sociology
  • World Languages: Four courses in a language
Spring 2023 applications will be due October 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. 

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 the 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 the 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.
  • 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:

  • English: Eight courses in English
  • Life Science: Seven courses in biology and one additional course in biochemistry, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, math, neuroscience, or physics
  • Mathematics: Eight courses in mathematics
  • 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.
  • Social Studies: 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.
  • World Languages: Eight courses in the language in which you seek certification

Fingerprinting and Praxis testing requirements:

  • Bowdoin Teacher Scholars must be fingerprinted prior to beginning their student teaching practicum. Proof of completed MEIS account creation and submission of CHRC application, and proof of fingerprinting registration with Identogo will be required at the time of application. The associated fees total $70, which is later reimbursed by the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars stipend. If applicants have any concerns about these upfront costs, please contact Laura Sweet.
  • As a result of LD 1189, signed by Governor Mills in June 2021, candidates who successfully complete the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program are not required to take the Praxis Core or Subject Assessment exams to qualify for professional certification in Maine.

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 or her success in the program.
  • The names of two faculty members in the candidate’s major department who will attest to his or her competence in the candidate’s disciplinary major.

The deadline for submitting these materials is also October 1st at 5:00 p.m.