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Program Focus

Mission, goals, framework & diversity

Mission Statement (revised 2019)

As a team of dedicated, experienced, and qualified educators, the Bridgewater College Teacher Education Program seeks to prepare competent, caring, and highly qualified teachers. By connecting interactive coursework and scaffolded field experiences, we equip candidates to demonstrate culturally responsive teaching and design experiences that foster safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environments. Our candidates are future teachers who will become inquiry-driven practitioners seeking continued improvement in their professional lives and school communities.

Key Components and Terms: Interactive coursework; scaffolded field experience; culturally responsive teaching; safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environments; inquiry-driven practitioners

Program Goals

The goals of the Teacher Education Program at Bridgewater College are framed around five areas: Content, Communication, Management, Assessment and Pedagogy (CCMAP).

  • Content: Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of facts, understanding and concepts of the disciplines they will be expected to teach.
  • Communication: Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate appropriate skills of written and oral communication with students, core providers and colleagues, including respectful and informed communication across cultures and ethnicities.
  • Management: Successful candidates will model effective and efficient management of time, space and resources, including planning and organization of classrooms, lessons and classroom behaviors.
  • Assessment: Successful candidates will be able to use a variety of informal, formal, formative and summative assessments to measure student learning.
  • Pedagogy: Successful candidates will be able to design appropriate instructional strategies and presentation skills (including use of educational technologies) and understand the complex role of a teacher in the teaching/learning process.

The Teacher Education Program at Bridgewater College takes the personal and professional dispositions required to be a successful teacher in today’s world very seriously; therefore, the following dispositions are assessed of candidates throughout the program.

Conceptual Framework

The missions and goals of the Bridgewater College Teacher Education Program are built on a three-pillar conceptual framework, including culturally responsive pedagogy, liberal arts and reflective practice.

The following dispositions are expected of the Bridgewater College Teacher Education Program candidate:

  • Responsible and dependable
  • Shows initiative
  • Punctual and regular in attendance
  • Exhibits the ability to make decisions
  • Sets appropriate priorities and meets deadlines
  • Displays mature judgment and self-control
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching
  • Has compassion for students
  • Dresses appropriately
  • Demonstrates professional behavior with students, families and school personnel
  • Maintains confidentiality

TEP Diversity Statement

Approved by COTE September 23, 2013

The Teacher Education Program at Bridgewater College is committed to a curriculum, a candidate group, and a faculty that represent diversity. Diversity is many-faceted and includes racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, socioeconomic, and religious differences. We continually strive to recruit and retain both faculty and candidates that represent the rich cultural diversity of our nation. We remain committed to equipping our candidates with the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to be culturally responsive teachers. (9.13.13)