Education as a liberal art is a two-way bridge between the academy and the community. Thus, in addition to extensive exploration (and creation) of educational research and theory, Education courses typically include field placements in a range of educational settings—classrooms, after-school programs, arts organizations, adult learning centers, online settings, and a correctional facility. Ranging from two hours per week in the introductory course to full-time student teaching in the certification program, these placements engage students as observers, assistants, curriculum developers, and workshop leaders.
Some of the Education Program's many field placement opportunities include:
- Friends School Haverford, Haverford, Pa.
- Gotwals Elementary School, Norristown, Pa.
- Masterman, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Newcomer Learning Academy, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Overbrook Educational Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Overbrook High School, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Phoebe Anna Thorne School, Bryn Mawr and Haverford, Pa.
- Puentes de Salud After School, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Radnor High School, Radnor, Pa.
- Woodlynde School, Strafford, Pa.
- Titagya Schools, Dalun, Ghana: Since 2010, the Education Program has been working with an early education project in Northern Ghana by supporting student interns, co-creating and co-leading teacher workshops, and facilitating cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.
- University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana: UDS, Ghana's state University for the Northern region, and Bryn Mawr have entered into an educational partnership to support student and faculty collaboration and exchange.
- Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, Philadelphia, Pa.: Cristo Rey partners with the Education Program to sponsor the Dialogue Project through which high school students act as teacher educators sharing their insights and perspectives with pre-service teachers.
- Parkway West High School, Philadelphia, Pa.: In past years, Education faculty and students have engaged in a multi-pronged partnership including curriculum development, cross-visits to classes, linked course projects, classroom assistance, and more. In addition, Bryn Mawr College worked with Parkway West High School to create a community garden in the Mill Creek Community of West Philadelphia, The Sunkissed Acres Beauty Project.