Pathway to licensure
Admission to the Bridgewater College Teacher Education Program (BC TEP) is the first step to becoming a teacher. Admission to student teaching and recommendation to the Virginia Department of Education for licensure each have their own additional requirements and separate application processes. Admission to the BC Teacher Education Program does not automatically guarantee admission to student teaching or recommendation for licensure.
Any student who has been admitted to Bridgewater College but has not yet met all the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program is in the pre-admission stage.
Any Bridgewater College student who wants to be a teacher must go through the Teacher Education Program admission process. The following requirements must be met to obtain an admissions interview and maintained to continue participation in the program:
- Achieve an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better
- Pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), earning at least 235 points in each section
- Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732) test with a minimum score of 150, or be exempt based on a previous Praxis I (minimum score 178, taken prior to January 1, 2014), SAT (minimum score 530) or ACT (minimum score 22) in mathematics.
- Complete an application for admission to the Teacher Education Program
- Submit an autobiographical essay
- Receive positive recommendations from a TEP faculty member, the academic advisor, the Dean of Students and at least one outside reference
- Verify previous work or volunteer experience with youth, via the outside references
- Be interviewed and recommended for admission by a departmental faculty member
- Be approved by the Director of the Teacher Education Program and the Committee on Teacher Education
Please note that candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are seeking to fulfill requirements for licensure must adhere to the same requirements as degree-seeking candidates.
Candidates pursuing teacher licensure may enroll in: EDUC 140: Introduction to Foundations of American Education; EDUC 200: Psychology of Education and Development; EDUC 215: Diversity in the Classroom and EDUC 316: Strategies for Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom while in the process of applying for admission to TEP.
Candidates seeking to be admitted to student teaching must complete an application for student teaching in early January of the year prior to student teaching. Further, candidates must:
- Have maintained the requirements set for admission to the TEP
- Have continued to advance in knowledge, skills and dispositions in general education, content area major, and TEP courses and experiences
- Have completed all professional education courses with a grade of “C” or higher
- Complete the Student Teaching Application, which includes a plan to have taken the PRAXIS II Content Area Assessment and Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE; elementary candidates only) prior the start of student teaching
- Have a signed Content Area Support for Student Teaching form from the department chair of the candidate’s content major
- Have demonstrated dispositions of personal and professional behaviors that support student learning and/or the performance of other professional responsibilities as measured by field experience evaluations by classroom clinical faculty and Bridgewater’s TEP supervisors
- Been approved for student teaching by the Committee on Teacher Education
Candidates who have successfully completed student teaching (EDUC 460 and 465 or EDUC 470) and who have met all the College requirements for graduation may make application for teacher licensure. Candidates must be program completers before the College can recommend them for licensure. The awarding of licensure is granted by the Virginia Department of Education. In order to be considered a program completer, and be recommended for licensure, a candidate must have done the following:
- Completed all professional education EDUC courses with a grade of “C” or higher
- Completed all field experiences and EDUC 380X with a grade of “C” or higher, and completed student teaching with a grade of “S”
- Completed the Master Core Skills of the general education requirement with a grade of “C” or higher in each course
- Successfully passed the PRAXIS Core Mathematics (or be exempt), VCLA, PRAXIS II Content Area Assessment and RVE (elementary licensure only)
- Completed the Child Abuse modules as required by VA-DOE
- Complete Dyslexia Training module required by VA-DOE
- Completed hands-one CPR, First Aid, AED training provided by the Bridgewater College Department of Health & Human Sciences
- Completed all requirements for the B.S. or the B.A. degree
- Maintained an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Completed all required licensure application paperwork and provided a check or money order for the cost of processing
Candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are seeking to fulfill requirements for certification and licensure must adhere to the same requirements as degree seeking candidates.
Once Bridgewater College Teacher Education Program candidates have completed all the requirements for graduation and are TEP completers, they are considered alumni of the program.
The TEP may issue a warning or dismiss a candidate from the program for failure to meet, satisfy or demonstrate satisfactory performance in one, or more, of the following areas:
- The candidate fails to maintain the requirements set forth for admission to the TEP.
- The candidate lacks the ability to communicate and work effectively with peers, school personnel and/or PreK–12 students.
- The candidate’s behavior is deemed professionally inappropriate by school personnel, College supervisors or other BC faculty.
- The candidate fails to meet the requirements of the Improvement Plan initiated by a faculty member or College supervisor.
- The candidate fails to meet the legal requirements and professional expectations as set forth by the Virginia Department of Education Teacher Licensure Regulations.
Procedure for Warning and Dismissal from the TEP
In the event of one or more of the above issues, the Bridgewater College supervisor will meet with the candidate and his/her academic advisor to review the situation. The supervisor may consult with a course instructor, school administrator or classroom teacher to gather further information. The supervisor will then make a written recommendation and/or Improvement Plan (Appendix F and G) to the candidate and to the Director of Teacher Education Program. A copy of this document will be placed in the candidate’s TEP file.
Upon receipt of the recommendation/Improvement Plan, the Director of the Teacher Education Program will call a meeting with the candidate, his/her academic advisor and the supervisor to review the situation. At this point, the Director may choose to warn or dismiss the candidate from the program.
The Director will notify the candidate in writing of the decision.
If the candidate is dismissed and is presently in a field experience, the Director of the Teacher Education Program will notify the appropriate school personnel of the dismissal.
A candidate who receives a warning or is dismissed may make an appeal under the Academic Grievance Policy.