Teacher Preparation & Certification

Overview

Bard Early Colleges are committed to hiring faculty who are experts in their field of teaching and are excited to share their knowledge with high school-age students. Bard has designed alternative teacher preparation and certification programs for faculty who are content experts and have earned a master’s or terminal degree in their field but are not yet certified to teach high school students.

These programs currently exist in three states: Maryland, Ohio, and New York. See below for more information about each program.  

Maryland

The Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program (MAAPP) is a two-year program that culminates in the obtaining of a Standard Professional Certificate, transferable across state lines, for faculty who successfully complete all program requirements. The MAAPP is operated as a partnership between Bard and Baltimore City Schools and includes pre-service and ongoing professional development workshops that cover best practices in early college pedagogy and skills necessary to teach students in 9th-12th grade, such as classroom engagement and management strategies, differentiated instruction, lesson planning, scaffolding toward college, restorative practices, grading and feedback, and analyzing student data.  Workshops are facilitated by experienced instructors from the Bard Early College network, Bard Master of Arts in Teaching program, and Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking. The program also includes ongoing mentoring from experienced teachers in the subject area. The program culminates in the completion of a final portfolio.

For more information, contact the program manager, David Hills, at dhills@bhsec.bard.edu. 

Ohio

The Bard College Professional Development Institute includes a two-week summer intensive training followed by professional development workshops on best practices in early college pedagogy and skills necessary to teach students in 9th-12th grade, such as classroom engagement and management strategies, differentiated instruction, lesson planning, scaffolding toward college, restorative practices, grading and feedback, and analyzing student data, held throughout the school year.

The workshops are held at Bard High School Early College Cleveland (13501 Terminal Avenue). Workshops are facilitated by experienced instructors from the Bard Early College network, Bard Master of Arts in Teaching program, and Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking. 

Faculty will be eligible to advance from the Alternative Resident Educator License to a Professional License following the successful completion of PDI, four years of successful teaching experience, and having obtained passing scores on all state-required exams for certification. 

To participate, candidates are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA from their accredited university and be employed as a high school teacher. The cost of the program is $1,500.

To apply, please complete the online application.
For more information, contact Dumaine Williams at pdi@bhsec.bard.edu. 

New York

The alternative pathway program for faculty in New York, through the Transitional C Pathway, is a minimum of three years. Faculty candidates complete three required skills tests, four courses in pedagogy and research in the subject area, including a course taught by Bard’s signature Institute of Writing and Thinking, and three workshops around student identity and safety.  

Following the successful completion of all of the pathway requirements, including two years of mentored teaching, faculty will be recommended for their professional teaching certification. Faculty will obtain their full certification at the end of their third full year of teaching.

For more information, contact the program manager, Bill Hinrichs, at bhinrichs@bhsec.bard.edu.