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Teacher Education Program Transition Points

1. Pre-Admission

Any student who has been admitted to Bridgewater College but has not yet met all the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program is in the Pre-Admission stage.

2. Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Any Bridgewater College student who is in the application stage to the Teacher Education Program must go through the admission process.
The following requirements must be met for the interview for admission to the Bridgewater College Teacher Education Program and maintained to continue participation:

  1. Achieve an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better
  2. Pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), earning at least 235 points in each section (Note: a passing score on the VCLA Reading may replace the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712) test (minimum score 156) and a passing score on the VCLA Writing may replace the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722) test (minimum score 162).)
  3. Pass the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732) test with a minimum score of 150, or be exempt based on a previous SAT (minimum score 530) or ACT (minimum score 22 ) in mathematics. (Note: a score of 178 or higher on the Praxis I: Mathematics test taken before January 1, 2014 will count as the Praxis Mathematics requirement for admission into the TEP).
  4. Complete an application for admission to the Teacher Education Program
  5. Submit an autobiographical essay
  6. Receive positive recommendations from a TEP faculty member, the academic advisor, the Dean of Students, and at least one outside reference
  7. Verify previous work or volunteer experience with youth
  8. Be interviewed and recommended for admission by a departmental faculty member
  9. Be approved by the Director of the Teacher Education Program and the Committee on Teacher Education

Please note that application to Teacher Education is the first step to becoming a teacher. In order to proceed, you will need to apply separately to Student Teaching.  Candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are seeking to fulfill requirements for certification and licensure must adhere to the same requirements as degree-seeking candidates.

Candidates pursuing teacher licensure may enroll in: 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 1 and EDUC 316: Strategies for Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom while in the process of applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

Admission to the Bridgewater College Teacher Education Program is through an application process and meeting BC-TEP criteria for admission to the program. Admission to student teaching has increased requirements and a specific application and approval process through the Committee on Teacher Education. Recommendation to the Virginia Department of Education for licensure and certification has additional requirements and a specific application process.

Admission to the BC Teacher Education Program does not automatically guarantee admission to student teaching or recommendation for licensure and certification.

3. Admission to Student Teaching

Candidates seeking to be admitted to student teaching must complete an application for student teaching in January of the year prior to student teaching. Application materials and an application checklist are available online here. Candidates must have the support of their content major department as part of the process of admission to student teaching. In addition to a major, the candidate must have a grade of “C” or better in all education classes to continue in the TEP.

Further, candidates must:

  1. Have maintained the requirements set for admission to the TEP
  2. Have continued to advance in knowledge, skills and dispositions in general education, content area major, and TEP courses and experiences
  3. Have completed all professional education courses with a grade of “C” or higher
  4. Complete the Student Teaching Application which includes a plan to have taken the PRAXIS II Content Area Assessment and Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE; elementary candidates only) prior the start of student teaching
  5. Have a signed Content Area Support for Student Teaching form from the department chair of the candidate’s content major
  6. Have demonstrated dispositions of personal and professional behaviors that support student learning and/or the performance of other professional responsibilities as measured by field experience evaluations by classroom clinical faculty and Bridgewater’s TEP supervisors
  7. Been approved for student teaching by the Committee on Teacher Education (COTE)

Admission to the BC Teacher Education Program does not automatically guarantee admission to student teaching or recommendation for licensure and certification.

4. Criteria for Application for Certification and Licensure to the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education Licensure

Candidates who have successfully completed student teaching (EDUC 460, 465 or 470) and who have met all the College requirements for graduation may make application for Teacher Licensure Certification. Candidates must be program completers before the College can recommend them for licensure. The awarding of certification and licensure is granted by the Virginia Department of Education (doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure).

In order to be considered a program completer, and be recommended for certification and licensure a candidate must have done the following:

  1. Completed all professional education EDUC courses with a grade of “C” or higher
  2. Completed all field experiences and EDUC 380 with a grade of “C” or higher, and completed student teaching with a grade of “S”
  3. Completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 110; MATH 105 and 115 or MATH 107 or higher; COMM 100; and ES 105
  4. Successfully passed the PRAXIS Core Mathematics (or prior to January 1, 2014, the Praxis I Mathematics), VCLA, PRAXIS II Content Area Assessment and RVE (elementary licensure)
  5. Completed the Child Abuse modules as required by VA-DOE
  6. Completed the online CPR, First Aid, AED and Blood Borne Pathogens training
  7. Completed all requirements for the B.S. or the B.A. degree
  8. Maintained an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  9. Completed all required paperwork for application for licensure and provided a check or money order for the cost of processing

Candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are seeking to fulfill requirements for certification and licensure must adhere to the same requirements as degree seeking candidates.

5. Alumni

Once Bridgewater College Teacher Education Program candidates have completed all the requirements for graduation and are TEP completers, they are considered alumni of the program.

Dismissal from the TEP

The TEP may issue a warning or dismiss a candidate from the program for failure to meet, satisfy, or demonstrate satisfactory performance in one, or more, of the following areas:

  • The candidate fails to maintain the requirements set forth for admission to the TEP.
  • The candidate lacks the ability to communicate and work effectively with peers, school personnel and/or PreK–12 students.
  • The candidate’s behavior is deemed professionally inappropriate by school personnel, BC TEP supervisors or other BC faculty.
  • The candidate fails to meet the requirements of the Improvement Plan initiated by a faculty member or College supervisor.
  • The candidate fails to meet the legal requirements and professional expectations as set forth by the Virginia Department of Education Teacher Licensure Regulations.

Procedure for Warning and Dismissal from the TEP

  • Once notified of the incident, the elementary or secondary coordinator will meet with the candidate and his/her academic advisor to review the complaint/incident. The coordinator may consult with a course instructor, a BC TEP supervisor, a school administrator or a classroom teacher to gather further information. The coordinator will then make a written recommendation to the candidate and to the director of TEP. A copy of this recommendation will be placed in the candidate’s TEP file.
  • Upon receipt of the recommendation, the director of the TEP will call a meeting with the candidate, his/her academic advisor and the appropriate coordinator to review the incident and may choose to warn or dismiss the candidate from the program. The director notifies the candidate in writing of the decision.
  • If the candidate is dismissed and is presently in a field experience, the director of the TEP will notify the appropriate school personnel of the dismissal.
  • A candidate who receives a warning or is dismissed may make an appeal following the College policy as found at bridgewater.edu/student-life/grievance-procedures/academics.

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