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Transforming Education
Transforming Education

Education Initiatives

The Center for Civic Engagement's involvement in educational endeavors is innovative and occurs in many different venues and environments. CCE plays a key role in Bard’s effort to redefine the role of the modern university. It focuses on sustained projects in which institutional engagement, often anchored by the granting of degrees, is essential to long-term educational reform, and seeks to develop new initiatives in cooperation with the public, private and nonprofit sectors. CCE collaborates extensively with and helps coordinate activities of other Bard entities, including the Institute for Writing and Thinking, the Bard Prison Initiative, the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and the Bard Learning Commons.

Bard Prison Initiative

The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences, operating a network of six satellite campuses across New York State. 

Bard Early Colleges

The Bard Early Colleges are founded on the belief that many high school–age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. The first BHESC in Manhattan was established in 2001 and  has since expanded to numerous locations, influencing programs in the U.S. and abroad. 


The Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program provides a unique opportunity for college students and recent college graduates from around the world to take specialized courses in international affairs while working in carefully selected internships based on individual interests. The program’s diverse and motivated students spend mornings at their internships around New York City, and afternoons studying with leading scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. A semester or summer at BGIA also includes talks by high-profile guest speakers and exciting cultural events.

The Clemente Course in Humanities 

The Clemente Course provides accredited college-level instruction to economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals at no cost. Participants study literature, art history, moral philosophy, and U.S. history in an accessible and welcoming community setting.

Institute for Writing and Thinking

Focused on the critical role that writing plays in both teaching and learning, the Institute for Writing and Thinking (IWT) is Bard College's professional development institute for secondary and postsecondary teachers. IWT organizes innovative, intellectually stimulating, and practically useful workshops, conferences, and on-site consulting.

Bard College at Simon's Rock 

Bard College at Simon’s Rock has been a leader in the early college movement for more than 40 years. Simon's Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade, culminating in either the A.A. or B.A. degree.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program integrates advanced study in the academic disciplines and pedagogy with year-long residencies in public schools, leading to a master of arts in teaching degree and NYS Initial Teacher Certification or CA Single Subject Credentialing (grades 7-12) in four subject areas: biology, history, literature, or mathematics.