In keeping with the progressive philosophy of the program, each Education course includes a field component through which professors seek continuously to integrate theory and practice, asking students to bridge text-oriented and experiential knowledge in the classroom and beyond it. Therefore, in addition to extensive exploration of educational theory, all courses require field placements in community schools ranging from two hours per week in the introductory course to full-time student teaching in the certification program.
The Education Program can provide students with tokens or train tickets for their field travel. To request either, submit a request for SEPTA train tickets and tokens. Or, to request reimbursement for costs already incurred, submit a request for transportation reimbursement. Please note that the Bryn Mawr Controller's Office processes travel reimbursement requests once each month – on the LAST Monday of each month for payment on the first Monday of the following month.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires student teachers and college students completing field placements in schools to obtain the following three background clearances. The Education Program or Bryn Mawr's Praxis Program will familiarize students enrolled in Education Program courses with the process for completing these clearances, will cover the expenses, and will maintain copies of the clearances.
Bryn Mawr and Haverford College students not currently enrolled in an Education Program course, but who need to obtain these clearances for other reasons (for a job or for thesis research in schools), may click on the above links to apply for the clearances directly. If they need help, they may contact Ann Brown, the Field Placements Coordinator in the Education Program, for guidance.