The BA/MAT 3+2 program is designed to offer Bard undergraduates a path to a Master of Arts in Teaching and New York State grades 7-12 Teacher Certification in biology, history, literature or mathematics within five years of their entering college. By following this path, undergraduates receive advisement, engage in work with adolescents, and take courses that prepare them for the MAT program while they remain focused on the studies of their major. The following courses are open to MAT 3+2 candidates and others as space allows. If you have questions about these courses or the MAT 3+2, contact





Rachel Cavell

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HEG 308

This course is designed for Bard undergraduates who are working in one of the college’s many educational outreach programs, and who wish to deepen their inquiry into issues of pedagogical theory, as well as the various other educational, cultural, social and ethical issues that arise in the educational context. In particular, we will consider: 

·         What are our personal and professional aspirations as tutors and mentors?

·         What are the real world, practical constraints we must remain mindful of in our community engagement, and why?

·         How can our community engagement be both learner-centered and collaborative?

·         How do issues of culture and context (ours and our students’) affect learning?

·         What are the social and ethical issues involved in supporting someone’s learning?

Throughout the course, we will emphasize close reading and writing as a means of engaging content across the curriculum, and we will workshop problems of practice that participants encounter in their educational outreach work.  This course is recommended for tutors and mentors in all TLS education programs. It will be graded pass/fail and carries two credits (non-distributional).  Class size: 22





Michael Sadowski

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6:00pm-8:20 pm

RKC 101

This course examines the myriad factors that influence adolescent identity development, particularly as these have an effect on students’ learning, interaction, and engagement in school. Drawing on various readings in psychology, ethnography, and education research, the course places special emphasis on power dynamics in American society with regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, class, immigration, ability, and other factors. We consider such questions as: “How might an adolescent’s identity development be influenced by one or more of these factors?” “What experiences with these cultural forces do students bring to school, and how might these experiences affect their learning?” “How do school cultures mirror and/or reinforce the power structures and attitudes that exist around these issues in the larger society?” The purpose of the course is not to come up with fixed answers to these questions; rather, it is to help participants ask informed and essential questions about how these issues might play out in schools, in society, and in individual adolescents’ lives.  This course is cross-listed with the MAT program for 3+2 students. Class size: 16