2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Teacher Education Program (TEP)

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Majors

Liberal Studies Major

Teacher Licensure

Elementary (PreK-6)

Secondary (6-12)

Designated Disciplines (PreK-12)

Bridgewater College provides a state-approved program for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers. Candidates who successfully complete this program and pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics, Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), Reading for Virginia Educators (PreK–6 only) and Praxis II within individual content certification areas receive licensure in Virginia and may receive initial licensure to teach in many other states through reciprocal certification contracts.
 
The elementary education program prepares the candidate to teach in PreK–6 (PreKindergarten through grade 6). The secondary education program prepares candidates to teach grades 6–12 in the following content areas: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, History and Social Studies, Mathematics and Physics. The following are PreK–12 licensure areas: Health and Physical Education, Music (Instrumental or Vocal), Theatre Arts, Visual Arts and World Language (French, Spanish). Candidates may also seek add-on endorsements in Algebra I, Driver Education and English as a Second Language.
 

TEP Program Gateways

  1. Pre-Admission (Gateway 1)
  2. Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) (Gateway 2)
  3. Admission to Student Teaching (Gateway 3)
  4. Criteria for Application for Licensure to the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education (Gateway 4)
  5. Alumni (Gateway 5)

Gateway 1:  Pre-admission

Candidates pursuing teacher licensure may enroll in EDUC-140, EDUC-200, EDUC-215 and EDUC-316 while in the process of applying for admission to the TEP.

Gateway 2:  Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)

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.
 
The following requirements must be met for the interview for admission to the Bridgewater College TEP and maintained to continue participation:
 
  1. Achieve an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better
  2. Pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  3. Pass the following three subtests of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Reading(5712) with a pass-score of 156 or higher, Writing (5722) with a pass-score of 162 or higher, and Mathematics (5732) with a pass-score of 150 or higher
  4. Complete an application for admission to the TEP
  5. Receive positive recommendations from a TEP faculty member, the academic advisor, the dean of students and at least one outside reference
  6. Verify previous work or volunteer experience with youth
  7. Be interviewed and recommended for admission by a departmental faculty member
  8. Be approved by the director of the TEP and/or the Committee on Teacher Education
Please note that application to the TEP is the first step to becoming a teacher. In order to proceed, you will need to apply separately to student teaching.
 

Admission to the TEP Field Experiences

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. Candidates may enroll in EDUC-215 if they have:
 
  1. Achieved an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better
  2. Taken the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (150) or were exempt based on SAT/ACT scores
  3. Completed an application for admission to the TEP
  4. Set a time-frame to have the Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment passed
Candidates pursuing teacher licensure may not be enrolled in education courses at the 300-level that have field experiences until they have been admitted to the TEP. In addition, they must:
 
  1. Have maintained the requirements set for admission to the TEP
  2. Have continued to advance in knowledge, skills and dispositions in general education, content area major, and TEP courses and experiences
  3. Have met the prerequisites of the EDUC course as outlined in this catalog

Gateway 3:  Admission to Student Teaching

Candidates seeking to be admitted to student teaching must complete an application for student teaching by December 1 to teach in the fall semester of the next academic year and March 1 to teach in the spring semester of the next academic year. Application materials and an application checklist are available through the TEP website. Candidates must have the support of their content major department as part of the process of admission to student teaching. Further, candidates must:
 
  1. Have maintained the requirements set for admission to the TEP
  2. Have continued to advance in knowledge, skills and dispositions in general education, content area major, and TEP courses and experiences
  3. Have completed all professional education courses with a grade of “C” or higher
  4. Complete the Student Teaching Application, which includes a plan to have taken the Praxis II Content Area Assessment and, for PreK-6, Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE), prior to the start of student teaching
  5. 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

Gateway 4:  Licensure Application (Commonwealth of Virginia)

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. Candidates who have successfully completed student teaching (EDUC-460 and EDUC-465; or EDUC-470) and who have met all the College requirements for graduation may make application for Teacher Licensure Certification. Candidates must be program completers before the College can recommend them for licensure. The
awarding of certification and licensure is granted by the Virginia Department of Education (doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure). In order to be considered a program completer, and be recommended for certification and licensure a candidate must have done the following :
 
  1. Completed all professional education EDUC courses with a grade of “C” or higher
  2. Completed all field experiences and EDUC-380X with a grade of “C” or higher, and completed student teaching with a grade of “S”
  3. Completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG-110; MATH-105 and MATH-115 or MATH-110 or MATH-118; and COMM-100
  4. Successfully passed the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics, VCLA, Praxis II Content Area Assessment and RVE (elementary licensure)
  5. Completed CPR, First Aid, AED, and Bloodborne Pathogens training and Child Abuse and Dyslexia modules as required by VA-DOE.
  6. Completed all requirements for the B.S. or the B.A. degree
  7. Maintained an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  8. Completed all required paperwork for application for licensure and provided a check or money order for the cost of processing

Dismissal from the TEP

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:
 
  1. The candidate fails to maintain the requirements set for admission to the TEP
  2. A school determines that the candidate has behaved unprofessionally in a field experience
  3. The candidate lacks the ability to communicate and work effectively with peers, school personnel and PreK–12 students
  4. The candidate’s behavior is deemed professionally inappropriate by school personnel, BC TEP supervisors or other BC faculty
  5. 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

  1. Once notified of the incident, the elementary or secondary coordinator will meet with the candidate and his/her academic advisor to review the complaint/incident. The coordinator may consult with a course instructor, a BC TEP supervisor, a school administrator or a classroom teacher to gather further information. The coordinator will then make a written recommendation to the candidate and to the director of TEP. A copy of this recommendation will be placed in the candidate’s TEP file.
  2. Upon receipt of the recommendation, the director of the TEP will call a meeting with the candidate, his/her academic advisor and the appropriate coordinator to review the incident and may choose to warn or dismiss the candidate from the program. The director notifies the candidate in writing of the decision.
  3. If the candidate is dismissed and is presently in a field experience, the director of the TEP will notify the appropriate school personnel of the dismissal.
  4. A candidate who receives a warning or is dismissed may make an appeal following the College policy as found at bridgewater.edu/life-at-bridgewater/services-for-students/grievance-procedures.

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. Candidates satisfy these competencies by successfully completing the 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.

Liberal Studies Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

The following core courses are required for the liberal studies major. 

Core Courses:

ECON-200 Principles of Macroeconomics

-or-

ECON-210 Principles of Microeconomics

PWR-275 Grammar, Style & Editing

or

ENG-300 Linguistics

ENG-345W Literature for Children

MATH-105 Mathematical Theory & Computation I

MATH-115 Mathematical Theory & Computation II

MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics

HIST-105 World History to 1500

-or-

HIST-110 World History Since 1500

HIST-201 History of the United States to 1877

HIST-202 History of the United States Since 1877

GEOG-195 World Regional Geography

BIOL-100 The Nature of the Biological World

PHYS-110 Introductory Astronomy

-or-

PHYS-119 Physics and the Modern World

-or-

PHYS-125 Concepts of Physics

FCS-345 Child Development

-or-

FCS-408X Parent and Child Relations

Licensure (PreK-6) Track:

This track in the liberal studies major is linked to teacher licensure, thus all requirements (core and education courses) must be completed prior to graduation. A candidate cannot graduate with this track and then return to complete student teaching.

In addition to the core requirements, complete the following professional education courses for Elementary Education (Pre-K-6) Licensure:

EDUC-140 Introduction to Teaching

EDUC-200 Educational Psychology

EDUC-215 Diversity in the Classroom

EDUC-316 Strategies for Teaching Mathematics In the Elementary Classroom

EDUC-330 Early Literacy

EDUC-332 Intermediate Literacy

EDUC-371E Classroom Management, Elementary

EDUC-380X Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques

EDUC-406 Curriculum and Instruction Elem Class Elementary Classroom

EDUC-451 Seminar in Educational Practices, Elementary

EDUC-470 Professional Student Teaching

GEOG-195 World Regional Geography

Non-Licensure Track:

In addition to the core requirements, choose 9 hours from the following :

Choose one:

FCS-319 Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts

FCS-345 Child Development

FCS-346 Adolescent Development

FCS-347 Family Law and Public Policy

FCS-408X Parent and Child Relations

FCS-440 Family Life Education Methodology

Choose one:

EDUC-330 Early Literacy

EDUC-371E Classroom Management, Elementary

SOC-334 Gender and Sexuality Studies

SOC-368W Sociology of the Family

Choose one:

FCS-480 Internship

EDUC-480 Internship

Elementary (PreK-6)

Degree Type Offered: Teacher Licensure

The elementary education program prepares the candidate to teach in PreK–6 (PreKindergarten through grade 6).

Secondary (6-12)

Degree Type Offered: Teacher Licensure

The secondary education program prepares candidates to teach grades 6–12 in the following content areas: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, History and Social Studies, Mathematics and Physics.

EDUC-140 Introduction to Teaching

EDUC-200 Educational Psychology

EDUC-215 Diversity in the Classroom

EDUC-334 Literacy in the Context Area

EDUC-372E Classroom Management, Secondary

EDUC-380X Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques

EDUC-412 Curriculum and Instruction Second Class Secondary Classroom

EDUC-452 Seminar in Educational Practices, Secondary

EDUC-470 Professional Student Teaching

Designated Disciplines (PreK-12)

Degree Type Offered: Teacher Licensure

The following are PreK–12 licensure areas: Health and Physical Education, Music (Instrumental or Vocal), Theatre Arts, Visual Arts and World Language (French, Spanish). Candidates may also seek add-on endorsements in Algebra I, Driver Education and English as a Second Language.

Health and Physical Education Licensure (PreK–12)

The same education course sequence as for secondary licensure except EDUC-412. Also refer to the health and physical education major in the Department of Health and Human Sciences section of this catalog.

Music Education (Vocal and Instrumental) Licensure (PreK–12)

Refer to the music department section of this catalog for the education course sequence.

Theatre Arts Education Licensure (PreK–12)

The same education course sequence as for secondary. Also, refer to the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre section of this catalog for the required theatre course sequence.

Visual Arts Education Licensure (PreK–12)

The same education course sequence as for secondary licensure.

World Languages Education Licensure (PreK–12)

The same education course sequence as for secondary licensure.

Add-On Endorsement Options to the Initial Licensure Area (PRAXIS Required):

Algebra I

Refer to the mathematics and computer science department for required coursework.

Driver’s Education

Refer to the health and human sciences department section, ES-441 and ES-445.

English as a Second Language—ESL (PreK–12)

For ESL endorsement, the following courses are required in addition to the major and the education courses listed for either the elementary or secondary licensure.

COMM-100 Oral Communication

EDUC-330 Early Literacy

EDUC-332 Intermediate Literacy

-or-

EDUC-334 Literacy in the Context Area

ENG-110 Effective Writing

ENG-300 Linguistics

EDUC-215 Diversity in the Classroom

EDUC-307 Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques for ESL Endorsement

EDUC-406 Curriculum and Instruction Elem Class Elementary Classroom

FREN/SPAN 6 credits

ENG/FREN/SPAN-317 ESL and World Language Teaching

EDUC-460 Professional ESL Student Teaching

EDUC-465 Professional Student Teaching for Dual ESL Endorsement

Courses

EDUC-140 Introduction to Teaching

EDUC-200 Educational Psychology

EDUC-210 Assessment and Learning

EDUC-215 Diversity in the Classroom

EDUC-301 Field Experience in Education

EDUC-307 Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques for ESL Endorsement

EDUC-316 Strategies for Teaching Mathematics In the Elementary Classroom

EDUC-330 Early Literacy

EDUC-332 Intermediate Literacy

EDUC-334 Literacy in the Context Area

EDUC-371E Classroom Management, Elementary

EDUC-372E Classroom Management, Secondary

EDUC-380X Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques

EDUC-406 Curriculum and Instruction Elem Class Elementary Classroom

EDUC-412 Curriculum and Instruction Second Class Secondary Classroom

EDUC-451 Seminar in Educational Practices, Elementary

EDUC-452 Seminar in Educational Practices, Secondary

EDUC-460 Professional ESL Student Teaching

EDUC-465 Professional Student Teaching for Dual ESL Endorsement

EDUC-470 Professional Student Teaching

EDUC-480 Internship

EDUC-490 Independent Study

EDUC-491 Research

EDUC-499 Honors Project

SPED-200 Working with Individuals Learning Diff

SPED-210 General Education Teachers and Special Needs Learners

SPED-323 American Sign Language I

SPED-324 American Sign Language II