BA/MAT 3 + 2 Program

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 course is open to MAT 3+2 candidates and others as space allows. If you have questions about these courses or the MAT 3+2, contact




 Identity,Culture & Classroom

Michael Sadowski

M  W    6:00pm-7:20pm

  Mar 27th – May 22nd

RKC 101



2 credits  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. The class meets for half of the semester,  March 27th – May 22nd. Class size: 20





Meagan Mazzarino

M  W    11:50am – 1:10pm

  Mar 27th – May 22nd

HEG 300



What does it mean for a young person to be scientifically literate in the 21st century? What are the best ways to engage children in authentic scientific inquiry? What are the barriers to wider representation in the sciences, and how can early education help overcome them? These will be the fundamental questions of this engaged liberal arts course. Students will read important works on science engagement and literacy, learn to design substantive lessons for K-8 students, and teach science workshops with Bard’s partner elementary and middle schools through the Citizen Science Program. This course is open to all and is recommended for Citizen Science fellows and students interested in pursuing careers in STEM education. It will be graded pass/fail and carry two credits (non-distributional). The class meets for half of the semester,  March 27th – May 22nd. Class size: 15