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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. 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.

Secondary Education (6 to 12) Licensure Courses

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
)

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

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
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
)

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
(Pre-12 and Secondary)

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
(concurrent with
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
-02)

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 management and evaluation appropriate for the secondary classroom. Organizational techniques and effective teaching methods and strategies are discussed to ensure the teaching of the content area standards of the secondary Virginia Standards of Learning. Strategies for using educational technology as well as working with ELL students are included. Emphasis on accommodation and differentiation of instruction as well as the professional association standards of each content area. Taken in the semester immediately prior to student teaching. For those candidates student teaching in the fall semester it is taken the fall prior to student teaching. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program taken the semester before student teaching Corequisite Section 2 of EDUC 304

Unit(s): 3
(semester before student teaching)

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
Instructional practice management and evaluation appropriate for the secondary classroom. Organizational techniques and effective teaching methods and strategies are discussed to ensure the teaching of the content area standards of the secondary Virginia Standards of Learning. Strategies for using educational technology as well as working with ELL students are included. Emphasis on accommodation and differentiation of instruction as well as the professional association standards of each content area. Taken in the semester immediately prior to student teaching. For those candidates student teaching in the fall semester it is taken the fall prior to student teaching. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program taken the semester before student teaching Corequisite Section 2 of EDUC 304

Unit(s): 3
)

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)

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

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