2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Education

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 Postbaccalaureate Teacher Education Program.

Faculty

Jody Cohen, Term Professor
Alison Cook-Sather, Professor
Heather Curl, Instructor
Debbie Flaks, Instructor
Alice Lesnick, Term Professor and Director

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 teachers, learners, researchers and change agents.

Courses in the Education Program address students interested in:

  • The theory, process and reform of education
  • Social justice, activism and working within and against systems
  • Future work as educators in schools, public or mental health, community, or other settings
  • Examining and reclaiming their own learning and educational goals
  • Integrating field-based and academic learning

Each education course includes a field component through which instructors seek continuously to integrate theory and practice, asking students to bridge academic and experiential knowledge in the classroom and beyond it. Field 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 schooling—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
    or
  • 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, 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 careers 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 Critical Issues in Education
  • Four education courses, at least two of which must be offered by Education Program faculty
  • EDUC 311 Field Work Seminar

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, German, 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, 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 Critical Issues in Education
  • PSYC 203 Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 210 Perspectives on Special Education
  • EDUC 275 English 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 (Critical Issues in Education) 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 Ann Brown, Program Coordinator and Adviser, by e-mail at abrown@brynmawr.edu or phone at (610) 526-5376.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

EDUC B200 Critical Issues in Education

Designed to be the first course for students interested in pursuing one of the options offered through the Education Program, this course is also open to students who are not yet certain about their career aspirations but are interested in educational issues. The course examines major issues in education in the United States within the conceptual framework of educational reform. Fieldwork in an area school required (eight visits, 1.5-2 hours per visit). Writing intensive.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lesnick,A.
(Spring 2013)

EDUC B205 Brain, Education and Inquiry

A lecture/discussion course exploring intersections between the neural and cognitive sciences and the theory and practice of education, with the aim of generating useful new insights and productive lines of inquiry in both realms. Prerequisite: Some college-level course work in Biology, Psychology or Education; permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B205
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B219 Writing in Theory/Writing in Practice

This course is designed for students interested in tutoring college or high-school writers or teaching writing at the secondary-school level. Readings in current composition studies will pair texts that reflect writing theory with those that address practical strategies for working with academic writers. To put pedagogic theory into practice, the course will offer a praxis dimension. Students will spend a few hours a week working in local public school classrooms or writing centers. In-class collaborative work on writing assignments will allow students to develop writing skills and share their insights into the writing process with others.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B220
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B220 Changing Pedagogies in Mathematics and Science

This course examines perspectives related to teaching and learning math and science, including questioning why (if at all) it is important for people to learn these subjects, what is viewed as successful teaching and learning in these disciplines, and how people learn math and science. This is a half semester course.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Praxis Program
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B225 Empowering Learners: Theory and Practice of Extra-Classroom Teaching

This Praxis course is for students in extra-classroom tutoring and mentoring roles on and off campus. In addition to school settings, sites of play and livelihood are examined as sites of teaching and learning for people of various ages and phases of life. Focus is on learning to facilitate and assess learners’ growth within a context, challenging prescribed roles, and identifying structural barriers and opportunities. This is a half-credit course.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Praxis Program
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B240 Researching Education on Campus

This course will teach students use and interpret observation, survey, interview, focus group, and other qualitative methods of educational research, as well as to read and write about such research. Course projects could include assessment of the staff/student work through the Teaching and Learning Initiative as well as of other projects faculty, students, and staff wish to study within the bi-college context. In addition to class meetings, research teams will meet regularly.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B250 Literacies and Education

A critical exploration of what counts as literacy, who decides, and what the implications are for teaching and learning. Students explore both their own and others experiences of literacy through reading and writing about power, privilege, access and responsibility around issues of adult, ESL, cultural, multicultural, gendered, academic and critical literacies. Fieldwork required. (Writing Intensive Praxis I). Priority given first to those pursuing certification or a minor in educational studies.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B251 Arts Teaching in Educational and Community Settings

This is a Praxis II course intended for students who have substantial experience in an art form and are interested in extending that experience into teaching and learning at educational and community sites. Following an overview of the history of the arts in education, the course will investigate underlying theories. The praxis component will allow students to create a fluid relationship between theory and practice through observing, teaching and reflecting on arts practices in education contexts. School or community placement 4-6 hours a week. Prerequisite: at least an intermediate level of experience in an art form.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): ARTA-B251
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B255 Technology, Education and Society Altering Environments

This course will examine technology in education and consider its complex impact on teaching, learning, and social organization. In order to develop agency in using, creating and evaluating technology, students will learn via experience, critical examination, collaboration, and exploration of associated issues of power, knowledge, culture, access, and identity.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lesnick,A.
(Fall 2012)

EDUC B258 Finding Knowledge Between the Leaves: 19th-Century Literature of Education

This class will examine innovative extra-institutional methods and spaces of learning. We will explore a genealogy of unconventional and progressive models of instruction found in imaginative literature, in personal letters, and in material culture. Our readings will range from novels by Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Louisa May Alcott to poetry and letters by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to personal narratives by Henry David Thoreau and Booker T. Washington.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B258
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B260 Multicultural Education

An investigation of the continually evolving theory and practice of multicultural education in the United States. This course explores and problematizes the history, politics, definitions, focuses, purposes, outcomes and limitations of multicultural education as enacted in a range of school subjects and settings. Central topics may include: curriculum development, teacher training, language diversity and public policy concerns. Students will also engage in researching and reinventing what is possible in education for, with and about a diverse world. Fieldwork of two to three hours per week. Enrollment is limited to 25 students with priority given to students pursuing certification or the minor in educational studies.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cohen,J.
(Spring 2013)

EDUC B266 Schools in American Cities

This course examines issues, challenges, and possibilities of urban education in contemporary America. We use as critical lenses issues of race, class, and culture; urban learners, teachers, and school systems; and restructuring and reform. While we look at urban education nationally over several decades, we use Philadelphia as a focal “case” that students investigate through documents and school placements. This is a Praxis II course (weekly fieldwork in a school required)
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B266; SOCL-B266
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cohen,J.
(Spring 2013)

EDUC B268 Educating for Ecological Literacy

This course examines how education can help people deeply understand and constructively respond to real, complex challenges such as managing shared resources. We consider policies and practices that can empower educators, students, and communities to become “ecologically literate” agents of change for a more sustainable and socially equitable world.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B270 Identity, Access, and Innovation in Education

This course explores formal policies that attempt to address race, gender, and language in education and the informal ways that such policies play out in access to education and in knowledge construction and production. Participatory action research involves students in working with an urban high school.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B274 Education Politics and Policy in the U.S.

This course will examine education policy through the lens of federalism and federalism through a case study of education policy. The dual aims are to enhance our understanding of this specific policy area and our understanding of the impact that our federal system of government has on policy effectiveness.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B274; SOCL-B274
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Golden,M.
(Fall 2012)

EDUC B275 English Learners in U.S. Schools: Policies and Practices

This course focuses on educational policies and practices related to language minority students in the U. S. We examine English learners’ diverse experiences, educators’ approaches to working with linguistically diverse students, programs that address their strengths and needs, links between schools and communities, and issues of policy and advocacy. This is a Praxis II course (weekly fieldwork in a school or other educational setting).
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Child and Family Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cohen,J.
(Fall 2012)

EDUC B280 Gender, Sex and Education: Intersections and Conflict

This course explores the intersections and conflict between gender and education through focus on science/mathematics education and related academic domains. It investigates how gender complicates disciplinary knowledge (and vice-versa), the (de)constructing and reinforcing of genders (via science and schooling), and ways gender troubles negotiation of disciplines. Implications for teaching, society, and social justice, as well as relationships among different cultural categories, will be explored.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B290 Learning in Institutional Spaces: Education in Dialogue

This course considers how two “walled communities,” the institutions of schools and prisons, operate as sites of learning. Beginning with an examination of the origins of educational and penitential institutions, we examine how these institutions both constrain and propel learning, and how human beings challenge and change their soundings.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cohen,J.
(Fall 2012)

EDUC B301 Curriculum and Pedagogy Seminar

A consideration of theoretical and applied issues related to effective curriculum design, pedagogical approaches and related issues of teaching and learning. Fieldwork is required. Enrollment is limited to 15 with priority given first to students pursuing certification and second to seniors planning to teach.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B302 Practice Teaching Seminar

Drawing on participants’ diverse student teaching placements, this seminar invites exploration and analysis of ideas, perspectives and approaches to teaching at the middle and secondary levels. Taken concurrently with Practice Teaching. Open only to students engaged in practice teaching.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Child and Family Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B303 Practice Teaching in Secondary Schools

Supervised teaching in secondary schools (12 weeks). Two units of credit are given for this course. Open only to students preparing for state certification.
Units: 2.0
(Spring 2013)

EDUC B310 Defining Educational Practice

An interdisciplinary inquiry into the work of constructing professional identities and roles in education-related contexts. Three to five hours a week of fieldwork are required. Enrollment is limited to 20 with priority given to students pursuing the minor in educational studies.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B311 Fieldwork Seminar

Drawing on the diverse contexts in which participants complete their fieldwork, this seminar invites exploration and analysis of ideas, perspectives and different ways of understanding his/her ongoing fieldwork and associated issues of educational practice, reform, and innovation. Five hours of fieldwork are required per week.
Counts toward: Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cohen,J.
(Spring 2013)

EDUC B320 Topics in German Literature and Culture

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Previous topics include: Romantic Literary Theory and Literary Modernity; Configurations of Femininity in German Literature; Nietzsche and Modern Cultural Criticism; Contemporary German Fiction; No Child Left Behind: Education in German Literature and Culture.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B320
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B403 Supervised Work

Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)

EDUC B425 Independent Study (Praxis III)

Counts toward: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)

EDUC B433 Practice Teaching in Secondary Schools

Supervised teaching in secondary schools (12 weeks) – for students enrolled in the Post-baccalaureate Teacher Educatino Program. Two units of credit are given for this course. Open only to non-matriculating students preparing for state certification.
Units: 2.0
(Spring 2013)