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Elementary Teacher Education Program (PreK-6)

Division of Professional Studies

Do you want to work with young children? Teach the basics of reading, writing, math and much more in our elementary schools? Welcome to the elementary Teacher Education Program (TEP) at Bridgewater College.

Bridgewater College provides a state-approved program for the preparation of elementary teachers. If you successfully complete this program and pass the PRAXIS Core Mathematics, Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), Reading for Virginia Educators and the appropriate PRAXIS II assessment, 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 PreK-6 Elementary Teacher Education Program in order to be licensed to teach grades PreK-6. There are different teacher education programs for students seeking 6-12 licensure in upper-level subject areas, or PreK-12 licensure in others.

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

Since the Commonwealth of Virginia does not allow teacher candidates to major in education, our elementary education candidates major in liberal studies or another content area of choice. Most choose the liberal studies major.

It is vital for prospective elementary teachers to have a solid working knowledge in the core subject areas (English, science, mathematics and social studies) in order to implement the standards of learning as established by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Common Core standards of other states. The PreK-6 licensure requirements at Bridgewater College include successful completion of three tracks: (1) courses of the major, (2) the College’s general education requirements, and (3) the required Teacher Education Program (EDUC) courses.

Consult early with the education department faculty regarding your choice of major. 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.

Elementary Education (PreK-6)

Candidates seeking licensure to teach in the elementary schools are strongly encouraged to choose the liberal studies major. This will ensure that the student has met the state competencies as listed in the Virginia Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. Knowledge in the core content areas of the Virginia Standards of Learning and the ability to teach these areas is required for today’s elementary teachers.

Liberal Studies

Since the liberal studies major is linked to teacher licensure, all requirements (major and education courses) must be met prior to graduation. A candidate cannot graduate with this major and then return to complete student teaching.

The following courses are required for the liberal studies major. See course description in appropriate department listings:

Introduces scarcity opportunity cost and supply and demand analysis with special emphasis on aggregate economic growth unemployment inflation and fiscal and monetary policies. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education 2014 Social Sciences

Unit(s): 3

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Analysis of individual choice and market behavior with special emphasis on price and output relationships and the economics of the firm. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education 2014 Social Sciences

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

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

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to writing instruction for prospective teachers and writing center tutors from all disciplines. Incorporates current theoretical perspectives applied linguistics and research on the writing process to introduce classroom practices such as one-to-one conferencing the writing workshop approach and teaching in computer classrooms. Prerequisites ENG 110

Unit(s): 3

Development and analysis of the major types of childrens literature are addressed including picture books poetry fables folktales fantasy realism and historical fiction. Students read and analyze classic examples of each type. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education Literature Writing Intensive

Unit(s): 3

The courses are logically divided into four primary areas arithmetic geometry algebra and problem solving. Each of the four areas is studied in both terms. The theory of problem solving is an integral part of all aspects of the courses. The study of arithmetic includes the theory arithmetic operations and the development of skills in computation number theory and patterns in sequences of numbers are used to introduce the basics of mathematical proofs. The study of geometry includes identification of plane and solid geometric shapes computations of perimeter area and volume and trigonometry of right triangles. The study of algebra includes basic algebraic operations computation using functions and graphing.

Unit(s): 3

The courses are logically divided into four primary areas arithmetic geometry algebra and problem solving. Each of the four areas is studied in both terms. The theory of problem solving is an integral part of all aspects of the courses. The study of arithmetic includes the theory arithmetic operations and the development of skills in computation number theory and patterns in sequences of numbers are used to introduce the basics of mathematical proofs. The study of geometry includes identification of plane and solid geometric shapes computations of perimeter area and volume and trigonometry of right triangles. The study of algebra includes basic algebraic operations computation using functions and graphing. General Education master core skill

Unit(s): 3

Basic descriptive statistics probability hypothesis testing correlation and regression. Statistical computer software is used to analyze data. Prerequisites MATH 118 MATH 110 MATH 115 or satisfactory performance on placement test

Unit(s): 3

An examination of the multiple global narratives that comprise human development and interaction prior to 1500 with primary focus on early human activity the development of complex societies classical and post-classical ages and expansion of post-classical cross-cultural involvement. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education history

Unit(s): 3

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An examination of the multiple global narratives that comprise human development and interaction since 1500 with primary focus on the origins of global interdependence the ages of revolution industry and empire and the twentieth century. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education history

Unit(s): 3

The United States from settlement to Reconstruction. Major themes include the development of a new society evolution of democratic behavior and the growth of sectionalism. Includes both social and political approaches.

Unit(s): 3

The United States from Reconstruction until the present. Major themes include industrialization and modernization the increased role of government greater U. S. involvement in international affairs and the impact of these changes on society. A continuation of HIST 201.

Unit(s): 3

A human geographic exploration of all world regions emphasizing population cultural economic and political geographies. Prerequisites HIST 110 and either ECON 200 or SOC 101 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Survey of the discipline of biology designed for the non-major. Content varies with the expertise of the instructor but all sections focus on the relevanceimportance of biology in everyday life. Laboratory focuses on understanding science as a process and includes an independent research project with oral presentation. Three lectures and one lab per week. Corequisite MATH 118 General Education 2014 natural and physical sciences

Unit(s): 4

Designed to help students appreciate and understand their physical environment and the methods of physical science through the study of basic astronomy. Topics include the history of astronomy motion of celestial objects planets of the solar system birth life and death of stars galaxies and cosmology. Three hours in class and two hours in laboratory per week. Prerequisites MATH 110 or MATH 115 or MATH 118 General Education natural and physical sciences

Unit(s): 4

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An introduction to the basic concepts of physics emphasizing practical applications of physical laws to common occurrences. Physical descriptions are presented on how things move the behavior of sound and light uses of electricity and magnetism and the behavior of fundamental particles. Three hours in class and two hours in laboratory per week. Prerequisites MATH 110 or MATH 115 or MATH 118 General Education natural and physical sciences

Unit(s): 4

Examine issues related to physical cognitive and socio-emotional development of the child from conception through early adolescence. Students will develop theoretical and practical knowledge of child development concepts. Provisions are made for observing and working with preschool children. Prerequisite junior standing

Unit(s): 4

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Overview of the process of parenting in diverse cultural and familial structures. Exploration of issues related to parenting at various stages of development as well as formation of parenting goals and styles. Emphasis placed on parent-child interactions through the child rearing years. Provides an emphasis on evidence-based practices and evaluation of programming. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 Experiential learning

Unit(s): 3

Elementary Education (PreK-6) Licensure

Helps candidates explore the career of teaching. Emphasis on the historical sociological and pedagogical foundations of American public education as well as culturally responsive pedagogy with academically culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Introduces InTASC standards and provides information about local state and national requirements of the teaching profession.

Unit(s): 3

Surveys principles of development learning and evaluation as they relate to learners educational growth. The study of the physical social emotional and intellectual development of the learner focuses on how this development relates to pedagogy motivation classroom management and assessment.

Unit(s): 3

Explores cultural linguistic and academic diversity with an introduction to multicultural education. Introduction to 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 Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests Mathematics have taken or registered for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Corequisites EDUC-201 and Sophomore standing.

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

Provides prospective teachers in grades PreK-6 with the knowledge skills and understanding to implement effective mathematics instruction. Emphasizes the teachinglearning process to best enable students to develop appropriate mathematics skills attitudes and concepts. Topics include national and state mathematics standards assessment diagnostic and remedial strategies the use of manipulatives the use of educational technology the contributions of different cultures toward the development of mathematics and the role of mathematics in culture and society. Required for PreK-6 licensure only.

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 beginning 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

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

Effective and efficient management of time space and resources including lessons and classroom behaviors are examined as a means of promoting learning. Candidates develop a management plan that is inclusive respectful and based upon current theory and practice. Effective organization and communication techniques are stressed. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and junior standing Corequisite EDUC 303

Unit(s): 3

Twenty-hour field experience in a local school. Provides pre-service candidates with opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge of EDUC 370 in classroom settings. Reports reflections andor journal entries required as assigned. Candidates are expected to actively engage in teaching co-teaching or assist the classroom teacher. Section 1 is for elementary candidates and Section 2 is for secondary candidates. Prerequisites admission to the TEP Corequisite EDUC 370

Unit(s): 1

Three-week full-day field practicum taken immediately before student teaching. Candidates teach in a grade-level range different from their student teaching placement but within their range of licensure and certification. Candidates teach a minimum of two times participates in all professional activities of their classroom cooperating teacher and engage in reflective seminars back on campus or through online delivery. Prerequisites admission to the TEP successful completion of EDUC 370303 and taken in the Interterm or summer before student teaching Note Those seeking ESL certification take this course the junior year but after having taken EDUC 370-303.

Unit(s): 3

Instructional 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 and assessment are stressed. Taken in the semester immediately prior to student teaching. Prerequisites admission to the TEP taken the semester before student teaching Corequisites 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

Taken during the student teaching experience this course emphasizes professional licensure requirements and teacher performance standards measuring student academic progress and collaboration models of teaching. Candidates develop various personal skills and resources including the development of an online educational portfolio consistent with InTASC standards for obtaining employment in the education field. Prerequisites admission to the TEP and taken concurrently with student teaching.

Unit(s): 1

Fifteen-week final field experience 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 admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the Teacher Education Program Corequisite EDUC 450

Unit(s): 13

A human geographic exploration of all world regions emphasizing population cultural economic and political geographies. Prerequisites HIST 110 and either ECON 200 or SOC 101 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

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.

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.

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