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PreK-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 Pre K-12 Secondary Teacher Education Program?

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

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Health and physical education
  • Music, vocal and instrumental
  • Theatre arts
  • Visual arts
  • English as a Secondary Language certification

Students who are in the program must major in one of these content fields and also complete the required Teacher Education Program criteria listed below.

There is a different teacher education program for students majoring in family and consumer sciences, computer science, English, history and social studies, mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics. Students in this program receive 6–12 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.

PreK-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 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)

World Language (French, Spanish) Additional PreK-12 Licensure Courses

FRN 317 or SPAN 317: ESL and World Language Teaching
EDUC 412: Curriculum and Instruction for the Secondary Classroom (EDUC 304 Field Experience IV taken concurrently)

Health and Physical Education Additional PreK-12 Licensure Courses

The following methods courses are already within the HPE major.
ES 340: Health and Exercise Science Methods
ES 370: Teaching Methods for Secondary Physical Education
ES 385: Adapted Physical Education and Recreation
ES 426: Teaching Methods for Elementary Physical Education

Music (Vocal and Instrumental) additional PreK-12 Licensure Courses

The following courses are counted within the Music–Vocal major:
MUS 322: Choral Literature
MUS 422: Music Education in the Elementary School
MUS 436: Music Education in the Secondary School

The following courses are counted within the Music—Instrumental major:
MUS 323: Band Literature
MUS 422: Music Education in the Elementary School
MUS 436: Music Education in the Secondary School

Theatre Arts Additional PreK-12 Licensure Courses

EDUC 412: Curriculum and Instruction for the Secondary Classroom (EDUC 304 Field Experience IV taken concurrently)

Visual Arts Additional PreK-12 Licensure Courses

EDUC 412: Curriculum and Instruction for the Secondary Classroom (EDUC 304 Field Experience IV taken concurrently)

English as a Second Language (ESL) Content Discipline and Licensure Courses

World Language: 6 credit hours
COMM 100: Oral Communication
EDUC 140: 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 330: Early Literacy (EDUC 302 Field Experience II taken concurrently)
EDUC 332: Intermediate Literacy
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EDUC 334: Content Area Literacy (EDUC 302 Field Experience II taken concurrently)
EDUC 370: Classroom Management (Elementary OR Secondary) (EDUC 303 Field Experience III taken concurrently)
EDUC 406: Curriculum and Instruction for the Elementary Classroom (EDUC 304 Field Experience IV taken concurrently)
EDUC 380: Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques
EDUC 450: Seminar in Education Philosophies (Elementary OR Secondary)
EDUC 460: Professional ESL Student Teaching for Secondary (6-12) (8 weeks)
EDUC 465: Professional Student Teaching for Elementary/Secondary Dual Endorsement (10 weeks)
ENG 275: Grammar, Style and Editing
ENG 300: Linguistics
ENG 317: ESL and World Language Teaching (EDUC 307 Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques for Elementary ESL taken concurrently)

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.