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6-12 Secondary Teacher Education Program

Bridgewater College provides a state‑approved program for the preparation of secondary (6-12) teachers. Candidates who successfully complete this program and pass the PRAXIS I Mathematics, Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), Reading for Virginia Educators (PreK–6 only) and PRAXIS II within individual content certification areas receive licensure in Virginia and may receive initial licensure to teach in many other states through reciprocal certification contracts.

Who should apply to the 6-12 Secondary Teacher Education Program?

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Students who would like to be licensed to teach in grades 6-12 in any of the following areas should apply to be in the Secondary Teacher Education Program:

  • Family and consumer sciences
  • English
  • History and social studies
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Students who are in the program must major in one of these content fields, complete the General Education requirements, and complete the required Teacher Education Program courses.

There is a different teacher education program for students majoring in Spanish, French, health and physical education, music, theatre arts, or visual arts or seeking English as a Secondary Language certification. Students in this program receive PreK–12 licensure.

Likewise, there is a different program for students who wish to teach elementary school (PreK–6).

Candidates in any of the three programs may also seek an add‑on endorsement in Algebra I and Driver Education.

Transfer candidates should meet with a member of the education department upon arrival at Bridgewater in order to plan their education course sequence.

Education Curriculum

All candidates admitted to the TEP must take required education courses outlined for their endorsement/program level. These courses have been designed to meet the professional competencies outlined in the Virginia Department of Education Licensure Regulations for School Personnel and Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel guidelines, effective Sept. 21, 2007.

Note: Field experiences are developmental and sequential and should be taken in separate semesters, unless approved by the director of the TEP and the TEP faculty member teaching the concurrent course.

Secondary Education (6–12) Licensure Courses

EDUC 140: Introduction to Foundations of American Education
EDUC 200: Psychology of Education and Development
EDUC 215: Diversity in the Classroom (EDUC 201 Field Experience I taken concurrently)
EDUC 334: Literacy in the Content Area (EDUC 302 Field Experience II taken concurrently)
EDUC 370: Classroom Management (Secondary) (EDUC 303 Field Experience III taken concurrently)
EDUC 412: Curriculum and Instruction for the Secondary Classroom (semester before student teaching semester) (EDUC 304 Field Experience IV taken concurrently)
EDUC 450: Seminar in Educational Philosophies (Secondary)
EDUC 380: Practicum in Current Teaching Strategies (Interterm before student teaching semester)
EDUC 470: Professional Student Teaching (15 weeks)

Add-On Endorsement Options to the Initial Licensure Area

Refer to the mathematics and computer science department for required coursework.

Refer to the health and human sciences department.

Program Transition Points

All candidates for teacher certification must complete a series of steps called Program Transition Points.

Technology Competencies

Candidates seeking certification to teach are required to meet all minimum technology competencies identified by the Virginia Department of Education. All courses in the education department emphasize the use of instructional technology in preparing teachers for today’s schools.

Professional Student Teaching Semester

During the senior year, candidates will enroll in the professional student teaching experience that consists of student teaching for the entire 15-week semester.

More Information

Please visit the education department on the third floor of Flory Hall when you come to campus. We look forward to meeting you and providing you with more information. Explore options for a major and think of the disciplines you enjoy. Members of the education department faculty may also be able to introduce you to majors that will complement your career objectives.