Students majoring in chemistry, mathematics, physics, psychology, or sociology 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. Established AOCs in educational studies are offered in conjunction with the sociology, psychology, mathematics, physics, and chemistry departments. Students in other departments should consult with the education program coordinator and their major advisor about the possibility of an AOC in their department.
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.
Psychology Concentration: Students take two of the following courses:
Sociology Concentration: Students take Sociology H235 (Class, Race, and Education) and one of the following:
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.