Students majoring in chemistry, mathematics, or physics at Haverford may declare an Area of Concentration in Educational Studies. For the concentration, students take four courses in the education program:
In addition to these education courses, students take two courses in their major field of study. A unit of Independent Study within the major may be used to fulfill this requirement.
In the chemistry department a student is enrolled in two semesters of research in physical or organic chemistry (Chemistry 361 or 363), with primary emphasis on laboratory development for secondary school curricula. Importance is placed not only on the development of specific new experiments, but also on the process by which an instructor approaches the development of experiments, their testing, issues of safety, and finally the problem of keeping experiments current and of continuing interest not only to the students who perform them, but also to the instructors who direct them on a continuing basis. In addition, the student is a teaching assistant for the full year of general chemistry (Chemistry 100-101).
Physics Concentration: Students take the following courses:
All senior physics majors prepare and present to the department a talk and paper based on independent work. Education concentrators have the option of choosing a topic related to physics pedagogy for their research.
Second-semester sophomores (or late starting juniors) should bring the following to Ann Brown, Education Program Adviser, to officially enroll in the program:
Once they declare, students meet each semester with an Education Program adviser for an individual conference.