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Admission Process

Join the Teacher Education Program

Admission to the Bridgewater College Teacher Education Program is the first step to becoming a teacher

Take the first steps to becoming an educator. Not only do we have a simple four step admissions process, but our faculty are always ready to provide the mentorship and guidance you need to make a difference in the lives of your future students. We equip you with the quality preparation you need to excel in the Bridgewater classroom to become a true leader in your own classroom in Virginia and beyond. 

There are four steps to become an educator at Bridgewater College 1 admission to the program 2 admission to teacher candidacy 3 admission to student teaching 4 program completion

Steps to Become an Educator

To be admitted to the TEP, students:

  1. Declare a major
    1. Liberal Studies/Elementary Education
    2. Secondary Education, e.g., History or English
    3. All Grades, e.g., Health and Physical Education, Music
  2. Complete an application
  3. Have a 2.5 or better grade point average
  4. Take the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

To be admitted to Teacher Candidacy, Teacher Education Program students:

  1. Have a 2.5 or better grade point average
  2. Pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

To be admitted to Student Teaching, students:

  1. Complete the Application for Student Teaching by Nov. 1st of the year prior to student teaching
  2. Maintain a 2.5 or better GPA
  3. Pass all Professional Education courses (EDUC) with a ā€œCā€ or better
  4. Demonstrate overall good ratings on measures of Professional Dispositions

To obtain Teacher Licensure, Teacher candidates:

  1. Complete all coursework and student teaching
  2. Complete all requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree
  3. Apply to the Virginia Department of Education for Initial Licensure
  4. Pass all required assessments
  5. Possess a 2.5 or better GPA

Contact Us for More Information About the Admission Process

Have questions about applying to the Teacher Education Program at Bridgewater College? Message us on Facebook and Instagram or email the Director of the Teacher Education Program, Dr. Gwen Jones, for more information.