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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.

PreK-12 Licensure Areas

Health and Physical Education Licensure (PreK–12)

The same education course sequence as for secondary licensure except

Instructional practice in the secondaryclassroom. Strategies for effective teaching ofcontent based on Virginia Standards of Learningor National Standards in specified content area(PK-12 or 6-12). Significant emphasis will beplaced on curriculum content lesson planningresearch-based instructional strategies andassessment. Taken the semester immediately priorto student teaching. Includes minimum of 20 hoursof field experience in an elementary (PK-12 or6-12) classroom. Successful field experience isnecessary for a passing grade in the class.Prerequisites admission to the TEP taken thesemester before student teaching

Unit(s): 4
. Also refer to the health and physical education major in the Department of Health and Human Sciences section of this catalog.

Music Education (Vocal and Instrumental) Licensure (PreK–12)
Refer to the music department section of this catalog for the education course sequence.

Theatre Arts Education Licensure (PreK–12)
The same education course sequence as for secondary. Also, refer to the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre section of this catalog for the required theatre course sequence.

Visual Arts Education Licensure (PreK–12)
The same education course sequence as for secondary licensure.

World Languages Education Licensure (PreK–12)
The same education course sequence as for secondary licensure.

Add-On Endorsement Options to the Initial Licensure Area:

Algebra I
Refer to the mathematics and computer science department for required coursework (page 200).

Driver’s Education
Refer to the health and human sciences department section (page 249),
The first of two courses requiredby the Virginia Department of Education for anendorsement in driver education. Development ofan understanding of the highway transportationsystem the complexity of the driving taskfactorscontributing to the performance of highway usersand attitudes and skills necessary to developcompetent drivers. Provides prospective teacherswith the essential knowledge and skills toeffectively deliver the course content aspresented in the Administrative and CurriculumGuide for Driver Education in Virginia.

Unit(s): 3
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The second of two courses required by theCommonwealth of Virginia for endorsement indrivereducation. Incorporation of current teachingmethods and research in the field of drivereducation. Emphasis on organization andadministration classroom instruction single carinstruction multiple-car range simulation andevaluation. Emphasis on actual teaching skillsincluding aminimum of 20 hours of actual behind-the-wheelsupervised teaching experience. Course content isconsistent with the Administrative and CurriculumGuide for Driver Education in Virginia.Prerequisites ES 441 and a valid drivers license

Unit(s): 3
.

English as a Secondary Language (ESL)

For ESL endorsement, the following courses are required in addition to the major and the education courses listed for either the elementary or secondary licensure.

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 also include introductory speeches special-occasion speeches and business presentations. General Education 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 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

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

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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 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

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

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. Preferably taken in the semester immediately prior to student teaching. Prerequisites admission to the TEP taken the semester before student teaching Corequisites Section 1 of
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


Unit(s): 3

ENG/FREN/
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 an 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
(concurrent with ENG/FREN/SPAN 317)
FREN/SPAN-6 Credits
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 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 Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the ESL certification and TEP

Unit(s): 4

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 Corequisite EDUC 450

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