Area of Concentration (Haverford Majors)
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:
- Education 200 (Critical Issues in Education)
- Two education courses (must be courses offered by Education Program or affiliated faculty (J. Cohen/A. Cook-Sather/H. Curl/V. Donnay/D. Flaks/A. Lesnick)
- Education 301 (Curriculum and Pedagogy), Education 311 (Fieldwork Seminar), or SOWKB676/EDUCB376 (Making Space for Learning: Pedagogical Planning and Facilitation) - as the culminating education course.
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.
To complete the concentration in educational studies, chemistry majors must:
- Enroll in two semesters of research in physical or organic chemistry (Chemistry 361 or 363), focusing during both on laboratory development for secondary school curricula. Students develop new experiments, paying attention to the process by which an instructor approaches the development of experiments (their testing, issues of safety, keeping experiments current and of continuing interest not only to the students who perform them, but also to the instructors who direct them) and
- Be a teaching assistant for the full year of general chemistry (Chemistry 100-101).
To complete the concentration in educational studies, mathematics majors must:
Earn credit for MATH H460 (teaching assistantship) in two different semesters, one half-credit each; and
Choose the Mathematics Education option of the senior thesis, as outlined in the Standards for the Mathematics Senior Thesis.
Students take the following courses:
- Physics H459b Teaching Laboratory Physics (typically in the second semester of the junior year); and
- Physics H460a Association in Teaching Basic Physics (typically in the first semester of the senior year).
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.