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Teacher Education Program

Make a difference in the lives of children

Are you ready for a challenge? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children? If so, the Teacher Education Program at Bridgewater College might be the right choice for you.

The BC Teacher Education Program prepares teachers who are fully educated in the arts and sciences, have depth of knowledge in a major discipline, model effective communication skills, understand and use technology and research to enhance learning, and are committed to life-long learning. Our graduates are ready to excel.

What makes a BC teacher candidate stand out?

  • You participate in four full semesters of diverse classroom field experiences, one three-week practicum and a full semester student teaching placement.
  • You receive individual attention in small classes of approximately 18 students.
  • You learn to use and produce instructional technology to enhance student learning, including the development of instructional content, assessments and a personal development portfolio.
  • You can finish the BC Teacher Education Program and apply for licensure in four years.
  • Since the Commonwealth of Virginia has teaching reciprocity agreements with almost all states, you’ll be equipped to teach anywhere (in some states, additional requirements may exist).

See Professional Resources for Educators to learn more about employment and advancement in specific fields of education.

Federal regulations from the United States Department of Education require Bridgewater College to disclose whether its educational programs meet the conditions for state credentialing (e.g., certification or licensure). Bridgewater College is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to offer 16 initial licensure programs at the undergraduate level.

Elementary Education (P–6): Pre-kindergarten through Grade 6 (major in Liberal Studies)
Secondary Education (6–12): Biology, Career Technical-Family and Consumer Science, Chemistry, English, Social Studies (History and Social Sciences), Mathematics, and Physics
Designated Discipline Education (P–12): French, Health and Physical Education, Music (Instrumental or Vocal), Spanish, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts

Students who successfully complete the program and pass the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators: Math, Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE; P-6 only) and Praxis Content Area Knowledge Exam within their individual content endorsement area(s) are eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additionally, licensure eligibility may be reciprocal with other states as determined by agreements between states. Normally, credentialing as a teacher requires other (non-course related) information to be completed such as first aid/CPR, modules on dyslexia/child abuse, character assessment/references, criminal background assessment and other qualifications that may be unique or similar between varied U.S. jurisdictions. NOTE: Information on U.S. State, District, and Territory teacher education contact information provided here.

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) at Bridgewater College is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 22-24, 2020. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to:

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

·         In CAEP’s performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.

·         A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.

·         Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent’s relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.