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Bryn Mawr College
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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
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Haverford, PA 19041-1392

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Bi-College Education Program

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“The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.  The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions . . ."


-James Baldwin, “A Talk to Teachers”

Each a Teacher, Each a Learner

The Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program is based on the belief that education rests on dialogue.  Focused on teaching and learning as social, political, and cultural activities, the Education Program challenges students to explore the relationships among schooling, human development, and society as they gain knowledge and skills of educational theory and practice. Students who complete one of the Education Program options are prepared to become lifelong learners, educators, researchers, leaders and agents of change. Each course includes a field experience - from two hours each week to full-time practice teaching - through which students learn to integrate academic and experiential knowledge.   


“To ask questions of the universe, and then learn to live with those questions, is the way he achieves his own identity.  But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around.  What societies really, ideally, want is a citizenry which will simply obey the rules of society.  If a society succeeds in this, that society is about to perish.”

-James Baldwin, “A Talk to Teachers”

Students study education in order to:

  • Approach learning as a pivotal human and cultural activity
  • Explore ideas about how people and communities change and grow
  • Investigate schooling as a powerful and problematic setting for personal and societal development
  • Examine educational institutions in the context of political, economic and social dynamics
  • Specialize in such topics as urban schooling, special education, math and science education, literacies and education, educational psychology, and English learners in U.S. schools
  • Experience fieldwork placements in classrooms and others educational settings in urban and suburban environments
  • Prepare for careers in teaching, academia, couseling, leadership and other positions serving the public good


“When you listen to others, you value them.”

-James E Miller, Susan Cutshal, “The Art of Being a Healing Presence”      

Selected Campus Partnerships: Teaching and Learning Initiative and Institute (bico); Noyce Program (bico); At Bryn Mawr: Child and Family Studies; Dean’s Certificate in Pedagogy; LILAC; At Haverford: TA training; MAST(Mentoring and Student Teaching Program); Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (collaborative development of Ghana programs).               

Sustained Off-Campus Partnerships: University of Cambridge, England; Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College; Parkway West High School, Philadelphia; Titagya Schools, Dalun, Ghana; University of Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana; Riverside Correctional Facility, Philadelphia.