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Secondary Teacher Education Program (6-12)

Division of Professional Studies

Interested in teaching middle school and high school students? Want to specialize in English, math, history or any of the sciences? Welcome to the secondary Teacher Education Program (grades 6-12) at Bridgewater College.

Bridgewater College provides a state‑approved program for the preparation of secondary (6-12) teachers. If you successfully complete this program and pass the PRAXIS Core Mathematics, Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) 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 Secondary Teacher Education Program for grades 6-12 to be licensed to teach in any of the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • History and Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

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 All Grades Teacher Education Program for PreK–12 licensure, if you wish to teach one of the following: French, health and physical education, music, Spanish, theatre arts, visual arts or English as a Secondary Language certification. 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.

Secondary Education (6 to 12) Licensure Courses

Helps candidates explore the career of teaching.Emphasis on the historical sociological andpedagogical foundations of American publiceducation as well as culturally responsivepedagogy with academically culturally andlinguistically diverse populations. IntroducesInTASC standards and provides information aboutlocal state and national requirements of theteaching profession.

Unit(s): 3

Surveys principles of development learning andevaluation as they relate to learnerseducational growth. The study of the physicalsocial emotional and intellectual development ofthe learner focuses on how this developmentrelates to pedagogy motivation classroommanagement and assessment.

Unit(s): 3

Explores cultural linguistic and academicdiversity with an introduction to multiculturaleducation. Introduction to appropriate andeffective strategies for instructing thesediverse learners in inclusive classroom settings.Includes a minimum 10 hours of field experience.Successful field experience is necessary for apassing grade in the class.Prerequisites minimum 2.5 GPA application tothe TEP have taken Praxis Core Academic Skillsfor Educators Tests Mathematics have taken orregistered for the Virginia Communication andLiteracy Assessment (VCLA) Sophomore standing.

Unit(s): 4

Helps secondary education candidates describe anddevelop effective content literacy strategies foracademically culturally and linguisticallydiverse 6-12 students. Candidates use theircontent area curriculum to enhance literacydevelopment including vocabulary developmentliteral interpretive critical and evaluativecomprehension critical thinking writingstrategies and listening and speaking skills.Includes minimum 20 hours of field experience.Successful field experience is necessary for apassing grade in the class.Prerequisites admission to the TEP and juniorstanding

Unit(s): 3

Effective and efficient management of time spaceand resources including lessons and classroombehaviors are examined as a means of promotinglearning. Candidates develop a management planthat is inclusive respectful and based uponcurrent theory and practice. Effectiveorganization and communication techniques arestressed. Includes a minimum of 20 hours fieldexperience in 6-12 classroom (or in a classroomof the licensure.) Successful field experience isnecessary for a passing grade in the class.Prerequisites admission to the TEP

Unit(s): 4

Three-week full-day field practicum takenimmediately before student teaching. Candidatesteach in a grade-level range different from theirstudent teaching placement but within theirrange of licensure and certification. Candidatesteach a minimum of two times participates in allprofessional activities of their classroomcooperating teacher and engage in reflectiveseminars back on campus or through onlinedelivery.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
350 admission to the TEPsuccessful completion of EDUC 370303 and takenin the Interterm or summer before studentteachingGeneral education Experiential learningNote Those seeking ESL certification take thiscourse the junior year but after having takenEDUC 370-303.2017 Summer Session I Meets May 17 - June 7 2017 Summer Session II Meets August 7 - 25

Unit(s): 3

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
(semester before student teaching)
Taken during the student teaching experiencethis course emphasizes professional licensurerequirements and teacher performance standardsmeasuring student academic progress andcollaboration models of teaching. Candidatesdevelop various personal skills and resourcesincluding the development of an onlineeducational portfolio consistent with InTASCstandards for obtaining employment in theeducation field.Prerequisites admission to the TEPCorequisites
Ten-week student teaching field experience forthe ESL endorsement involving instructionalplanning observation and teaching. Supervised bythe classroom cooperating teacher and a collegesupervisor. Students are expected to assumecomplete responsibility for the classroom duringthe student teaching experience and engage in allactivities related to teaching in the schoolcommunity.Prerequisites EDUC 460 and ESL endorsements withPre-K-6 6-12 PreK-12 content area endorsementsCorequisite EDUC 450

Unit(s): 12
or
Fifteen-week final field experience involvinginstructional planning observation and teaching.Supervised by the classroom cooperatingteacher and a college supervisor. Students areexpected to assume complete responsibility fortheclassroom during the student teaching experienceand engage in all activities related to teachingin the school community. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher EducationProgram and completion of all coursework in theTeacher Education Program Corequisite EDUC 450

Unit(s): 13


Unit(s): 1
(concurrent with student teaching)
Fifteen-week final field experience involvinginstructional planning observation and teaching.Supervised by the classroom cooperatingteacher and a college supervisor. Students areexpected to assume complete responsibility fortheclassroom during the student teaching experienceand engage in all activities related to teachingin the school community. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher EducationProgram and completion of all coursework in theTeacher Education Program Corequisite EDUC 450

Unit(s): 13

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