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All Grades Teacher Education Program (PreK-12)

Division of Professional Studies

Do you want to teach a language such as French or Spanish? Music or theatre? Health and P.E.? Welcome to the all grades Teacher Education Program (grades PreK-12) at Bridgewater College.

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

You should apply to the All Grades Teacher Education Program for grades PreK-12 to be licensed to teach in any of the following areas:

  • French
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Music, vocal and instrumental
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • English as a Secondary Language endorsement

Once you are accepted to the program, you major in your chosen content field, complete the general education requirements and complete the required Teacher Education Program courses.

You should apply to the Secondary Teacher Education Program for 6-12 licensure, if you wish to teach one of the following: biology, chemistry, English, family and consumer sciences, history and social studies, mathematics or physics.  If you wish to teach in elementary schools, you should apply to the PreK-6 Elementary Teacher Education Program.

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

If you are a transfer candidate, you should meet with a member of the education department as soon as you arrive at Bridgewater to plan your 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. Transfer candidates should meet with a member of the education department upon arrival at Bridgewater in order to plan their education course sequence. 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.

English as a Secondary Language (ESL)

Helps students determine if teaching is their career of choice. Emphasis on the historical sociological and pedagogical foundations of American public education as well as culturally responsive pedagogy with academically culturally linguistically-diverse populations. The Virginia Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel are introduced and students explore 21st century trends in P-12 school reform including the analysis of data on American schools and students. 2014 Summer Session I 9 Week Online Course

Unit(s): 3

Surveys principles of development learning and evaluation as it relates to the educational process. Emphasis on understanding the physical social emotional and intellectual aspects of human development. Taught from a community of learning perspective and breaks down learning theory according to the frame of six schools of learning developmentalists behaviorist information processors cognitivists social cognitivists and constructivists. Integration of learning theory into practice and basic understanding of informal formative and summative assessment is taught. Introduction of the Bridgewater College Teacher Education Lesson Plan occurs within this course.

Unit(s): 3

Explores academic cultural linguistic diversity with an emphasis on appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Prerequisites minimum 2.5 GPA application to the TEP have taken Praxis I have taken or registered for the Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Corequisite EDUC 201

Unit(s): 3

Ten-hour field experience as an observer in an elementary middle or secondary school setting with an academically culturally or linguistically diverse student population. Corequisite EDUC 215

Unit(s): 1
(concurrent with
Explores academic cultural linguistic diversity with an emphasis on appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Prerequisites minimum 2.5 GPA application to the TEP have taken Praxis I have taken or registered for the Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Corequisite EDUC 201

Unit(s): 3
)

Teaches students how to create and respond to verbal and nonverbal messages across a variety of rhetorical situations. Students will learn the core concepts of public speaking and develop the skills to select organize and deliver material based on the needs of a specific audience. The course will focus on informative and persuasive speaking and may be also include introductory speeches special-occasion speeches and business presentations. General Education 2014 master core skill

Unit(s): 3

Theory and practice related to readers at emergent and beginning stages. Includes discussion of the complex factors involved in literacy acquisition as the elementary level with a focus on phonemic awareness phonics vocabulary begining fluency and comprehension. Exploration of assessment methods and strategies for teaching diverse learners including English language learners are emphasized. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program Corequisites Section 1 of EDUC 302

Unit(s): 3

Twenty-hour field experience in a local school with a focus on literacy. Elementary placements include working with an emergent reader constructing lesson plans and exploring assessment methods. PreK-12 and Secondary placements focus on middle and high school literacy development within the candidates content area including vocabulary development literal interpretive critical and evaluative comprehension and critical thinking and writing strategies. Prerequisites admission to the TEP Corequisite EDUC 330 (Pre-K-6) or EDUC 334 (6-12 Pre-K-12)

Unit(s): 1
(concurrent with
Explores academic cultural linguistic diversity with an emphasis on appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Prerequisites minimum 2.5 GPA application to the TEP have taken Praxis I have taken or registered for the Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Corequisite EDUC 201

Unit(s): 3
)

Theory and practice related to readers at the intermediate stage. Includes discussion of the complex factors involved in literacy acquisition at the intermediate level with a focus on reading in the content areas stages in the writing process vocabulary fluency and comprehension. Exploration of assessment methods and strategies for teaching diverse learners including English language learners are emphasized. Prerequisites EDUC 330 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Unit(s): 2
-or-
Helps secondary education candidates describe and develop effective content literacy strategies for academically culturally and linguistically diverse 6-12 students. Candidates use their content area curriculum to enhance literacy development including vocabulary development literal interpretive critical and evaluate comprehension critical thinking writing strategies listening and speaking skills are also addressed. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and junior standing Corequisites Section 2 of EDUC 302

Unit(s): 2

Introduction to academic expository and argumentative writing with a focus on developing rhetorical skills and practices appropriate to a range of disciplines. Instruction in ethical use of material from sources and academic documentation systems. Supplementary writers workshop required based on placement. General Education 2014 master core skill

Unit(s): 3

Overview of what is traditionally called grammar including syntax mechanics style punctuation spelling vocabulary-building and proofreading for teaching writing at the elementary and secondary levels as well as for publication at a professional level. Develops competency in creation analysis (including diagramming) and editing of written English. Prerequisites ENG 110

Unit(s): 3

Linguistic analysis incorporating traditional grammar phonology syntax sociolinguistics morphology semantics and historical linguistics (including the history of the English langiage). Prerequisites ENG 110

Unit(s): 3

Instructed practice in the elementary school. Strategies for effective teaching of content based on Virginia Standards of Learning (PreK-6) with particular emphasis given to science and social studies. Planning to meet instructional needs of diverse learners integration of technology assessment and communication with caregivers and stakeholders are stressed. Taken in the semester immediately prior to student teaching. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program taken the semester before student teaching Corequisite Section 1 of EDUC 304

Unit(s): 3

Ten hours field experience designed to coincide with EDUC 406 or EDUC 412 in order to provide candidates with direct experience in planning and instructional strategies taught in the curriculum courses. The role of the candidate is to assist andor co-teach in a classroom setting. The candidate is evaluated on professional dispositions and teaching effectiveness. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program taken concurrently with EDUC 406 or EDUC 412 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 1
(concurrent with
Instructed practice in the elementary school. Strategies for effective teaching of content based on Virginia Standards of Learning (PreK-6) with particular emphasis given to science and social studies. Planning to meet instructional needs of diverse learners integration of technology assessment and communication with caregivers and stakeholders are stressed. Taken in the semester immediately prior to student teaching. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program taken the semester before student teaching Corequisite Section 1 of EDUC 304

Unit(s): 3
)

Covers materials on instructional practice and student assessment as they relate to the teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL) and foreign languages. Material and discussions are focused on the central theme of how to contextualize language instruction and how to run a proficiency-oriented classroom. Taught in English. Required for students seeking ESL endorsement. Strongly recommended for students preparing to teach Spanish or French. Prerequisites ENG 110 Corequisite EDUC 307

Unit(s): 3

Forty-hour intensive field experience immersed in the elementary ESL school environment for the prospective ESL teacher. While working on developing an understanding of the whole child emphasis is placed on identifying and meeting the needs of students who are engaged in becoming acclimated to living in a culture other than their native one and learning English identifying and continuing to develop classroom management techniques in preparation for the student teaching experience and beginning to plan and create SOL-based lesson plans. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program Corequisites ENGFRENSPAN 317 Note Cannot be taken simultaneously with more than one other EDUC field experience

Unit(s): 2

FREN/SPAN-6 Credits

Seminar-style course with interactive learning. Focuses on the philosophical foundations underlying teaching. A personal educational philosophy is developed. The philosophical and sociological foundations of instructional design based on assessment data the relationships among assessment instruction monitoring students to include students performance measures in grading practices in curriculum are stressed. Emphasis placed on professional growth. Candidates develop various personal skills and resources including the development of an educational portfolio for obtaining employment in the education field. Prerequisites admission to the TEP and taken in the semester prior to student teaching

Unit(s): 1
(concurrent with student teaching)

Eight-week student teaching field experience for the ESL endorsement involving instructional planning observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Provides students seeking an ESL endorsement an opportunity to teach at the secondary level in an ESL environment. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites admission to the the Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the ESL certification and TEP

Unit(s): 4
or ESL student teaching for Elementary ESL

Ten-week student teaching field experience for the ESL endorsement involving instructional planning observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites EDUC 460 and ESL endorsements with Pre-K-6 6-12 PreK-12 content area endorsements

Unit(s): 12

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 your senior year, you will enroll in your professional student teaching experience for an entire 15-week semester. Candidates seeking an add-on endorsement in ESL will student teach in two separate placements for a total of 18 weeks.

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Teacher Education Program
540-828-5340
education@bridgewater.edu