Program Requirements and Opportunities
Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare a major before the end of the sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.
The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.
Students may complete a minor in education, in which there are two tracks: the minor in educational studies and the minor in education leading to secondary teacher certification. Alumnae may also complete the requirements for secondary teacher certification after they graduate through the Post-baccalaureate Teacher Education Program.
The field of education is about teaching people how to teach and more. The Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program is built around four mutually-informing pursuits: teacher preparation; the interdisciplinary study of learning as a central human and cultural activity; the investigation of the politics of schooling; and students' growth as reflective facilitators, learners, researchers and change agents.
Courses in the Education Program address students interested in:
- The theory, process and transformation of education
- Social justice, activism and working within and against systems as engaged learners in partnership with others.
- Future work as educators, researchers, and leaders in schools, public or mental health, community, and other settings
- Examining and reclaiming their own learning and educational goals
- Integrating experiential and academic learning
Each education course includes a field component through which students bridge academic and experiential knowledge with guidance from practitioners. Placements in schools and other educational settings range from two hours per week in the introductory course to full-time student teaching in the certification program.
The Bi-College Education Program offers several options. Students may:
- Explore one or more aspects of education in areas of particular interest – such as urban education – by enrolling in single courses
- Pursue a minor in educational studies
- Pursue a minor in education leading to secondary teacher certification
- Complete the secondary teacher certification program after they graduate through the Post-baccalaureate Teacher Education Program
- In a five-year program, complete both the A.B./M.A. program in French, mathematics, physics, or possibly other departments that offer the AB/MA option and the secondary teaching certification program.
Students in the tri-college community may also apply to sub-matriculate as juniors or seniors into the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education's elementary or secondary education Master's program.
The requirements for the minor in education and teacher certification are described below. Students interested in these options, or the other options named above, should meet with the Education Program Adviser as early as possible for advice on scheduling, preferably by the sophomore year.
Requirements for the Minor in Educational Studies
The Bi-College minor in educational studies is an interdisciplinary exploration of the cultural, political, developmental, and interactional dimensions of teaching and learning and is designed for students with a broad range of education-related interests, such as graduate study in education, pursuit of elementary or secondary certification after graduation, or a host of activities that require educational expertise. Many professions and pursuits – management and training positions, research, administration and policy work, and careers in social work, health and law -- involve using an educator's skills and knowledge. Civic engagement, community development, and work towards social justice also require knowledge of how people learn and change. Because students interested in these or other education-related pursuits major in different subject areas and have different aspirations, they are encouraged to design a minor appropriate to their major area of study and their anticipated futures.
Requirements for the minor in educational studies include:
- EDUC 200 Community Learning Collaborative
- Four education courses. At least two must be offered by Education Program or affiliated faculty (A. Cook-Sather/V. P. Donnay/A. Lesnick/E. Price/C. Wilson/K. Zuckerman). Up to two may be education courses offered by faculty in other departments (of these, one may be taken at Swarthmore, Penn, or while studying away).
- One of the following as a culminating course: EDUC 311(Theories of Change in Educational Institutions), EDUC 301 (Curriculum and Pedagogy Seminar), SOWKB676 (Making Space for Learning: Pedagogical Planning and Facilitation), or an intensified version of EDUCB295 (Exploring and Enacting Transformation of Higher Education).
Requirements for Secondary Certification
The Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program is accredited by the state of Pennsylvania to prepare undergraduates and alumnae for certification in the following subject areas: English; languages, including French, Latin, and Spanish; mathematics; the sciences, including biology, chemistry, and physics; and social studies. Pursuit of certification in Chinese and Russian is also possible but subject to availability of student teaching placements. Students certified in a language have K-12 certification.
To qualify for a teaching certificate, students must complete an academic major in the subject area in which they seek certification (or, in the case of social studies, students must major in history, political science, economics, anthropology, psychology, sociology, or Growth and Structure of Cities and take courses outside their major in the other areas). Within their major, students must select courses that help them meet the state standards for teachers in that subject area. Students must also complete the secondary teacher certification track of the minor in education, taking these courses:
- EDUC 200 Community Learning Collaborative: Practicing Partnership
- PSYC 203 Educational Psychology
- EDUC 210 Perspectives on Special Education
- EDUC 275 Emergent Multilingual Learners in U.S. Schools
- EDUC 301 Curriculum and Pedagogy Seminar (fall semester, prior to student teaching)
- EDUC 302 Practice Teaching Seminar and EDUC 303 Practice Teaching. These courses are taken concurrently for three credits.
Students preparing for certification must also take two courses in English and two courses in math, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and pass a series of exams for beginning teachers (state requirements). To be admitted to the culminating student teaching phase of the program, students must earn a grade of a 2.7 or higher in both EDUC 200 (Community Learning Collaborative) and EDUC 301 (Curriculum and Pedagogy) and be recommended by their major department and the director of the Education Program. To be recommended for certification, students must earn a grade of 2.7 or higher in EDUC 302 (Practice Teaching Seminar) and a grade of Satisfactory in EDUC 303 (Practice Teaching).
Note: Students practice-teach full time for 12 weeks in a local school during the spring semester of their senior year. Given this demanding schedule, students are not able to take courses other than the Practice Teaching Seminar and senior seminar for their major.
Graduates may complete the requirements for secondary teacher certification at Bryn Mawr in a post-baccalaureate program.
Title II Reporting
Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA) requires that a full teacher preparation report, including the institution’s pass rate as well as the state’s pass rate, be available to the public on request. Copies of the report may be requested from the Education Department at (610) 526-5010.