Any student wishing to prepare for careers teaching in PreK-12 setting may do so by
selecting the minor in teacher education in conjunction with a major appropriate to
the areas in which he/she wishes to teach. Students who complete the program successfully
work with the Registrar to apply for licensure by completing the forms that can be
obtained from the Registrar’s Office, paying a fee, and returning his/her application
to the Registrar at Ferrum College.
Ferrum’s teacher preparation program is built upon the following premises:
-That the teacher candidate will gain expertise in creating, facilitating, and evaluating
meaningful, developmentally appropriate learning exercises with students.
-That each teacher candidate will construct a world view of teaching and learning
through the acquisition of an historical, theoretical, and philosophical context for
analysis and decision-making.
-That the teacher candidate will display a commitment to professional standards,
responsible behavior, and a collaborative stance towards peers. The commitment is
reflected in the following:
- Actions based upon informed decisions predicated on research about effective teaching
and actual field experiences.
- The utilization of a continuing self-assessment and professional development process.
- The tendency to access and incorporate a wide variety of resources into one’s teaching.
-That prospective teachers are receptive to the contention that all students can be
reached and all students can learn; that global and multicultural agendas should be
woven into the curriculum; that student choice and empowerment are essential; that
students need to be involved and increasingly responsible for their own learning;
and that experience should be an essential part of learning.
Admission to the Program:
The standards and course sequence are carefully crafted to provide program candidates
a rich professional experience. It is highly recommended that students plan carefully
in order to take advantage of the professional development plan designed to prepare
program candidates for the profession of teaching. Course work for the minor in the
Teacher Education Program can begin in the freshman year with students taking the
following prerequisite courses:
- PSY 201
- PSY 211 with PSY 291 LAB (All elementary and All-level candidates must enroll in PSY 291 the same semester
as PSY 211; PSY 291 is not required for secondary candidates)
Students must demonstrate a commitment through the following requirements:
- Cumulative grade point average – 2.5 GPA
- "C” or above in both ENG 101 & 102; MTH 105 or higher; PSY 211 & 291(if required);
and a lab science
A plan for Teacher Education Program (EDU) candidate course work follows:
EDU 202 (fall or spring)– requires students take Virginia Communication and Language
Assessment (VCLA) as well as complete the following for the Program Candidate Interview
- Mastery of Handbook test
- Completion of Degree Plan and Calendar (must be signed by advisor)
- Letters of recommendations
- Formal writing sample
- SPD 220 (fall or spring)
- EDU 302 (fall or spring) requires students take Praxis I
- EDU 310/311(spring) for elementary - requires student take Virginia Reading
- Assessment (VRA) upon completion of this class
- EDU 312(spring) for all-level and secondary candidates
- EDU 354 (fall) for elementary – requires students take Praxis II (elementary)
- EDU 355/357 (fall) for secondary – requires students take Praxis II (content area)
- EDU 358/360 (fall) for all-level – requires students take Praxis II (content area,
Upon completion of Senior Strategies classes, students must complete a formal application
to be admitted into the Teacher Education program and thus, allowing registration
for EDU 402. Requirements for admission into the program include: 2.8 GPA in major;
3.0 GPA in Teacher Education Minor; 2.5 GPA overall; and passed all testing requirements.
- EDU 402 (spring) upon successful completion this course meets the experiential component
requirement for all majors
Continuation in Program:
Program candidates MUST maintain a “C” or better in each of the Liberal Core courses
specific to the Teacher Education Minor.
A student’s continuation in the sequence of Teacher Education classes as a program
candidate is contingent upon the maintenance of an overall grade point average (GPA)
of 2.5, a GPA of 2.8 in major discipline and a GPA of 3.0 in the Teacher Education
minor classes as well as completion of state testing. Students must also demonstrate
appropriate progress in their professional development as evidenced in their Performance
Presentations at the end of each EDU class above and including EDU 302. In addition,
program candidates must have appropriate evaluations in each of their field-based
The Teacher Education Faculty reviews and evaluates each program candidate’s progress
at the end of each semester to determine continued eligibility based on the established
criteria above, as well as any other reports submitted concerning ethical behaviors.
A letter of compliance is sent to each student concerning their eligibility. Students
who are not in compliance can be blocked from taking additional classes.
Students who are not in compliance with ALL program components will NOT be allowed
to student teach. Students may petition the Teacher Education Committee to appeal
this decision. The appeal process includes: (1) a written petition delivered within
one week following the receipt of the letter regarding the decision for student teaching.
It should state the reason(s) an exception should be made; (2) in person explanation
to the Teacher Education Committee scheduled within three weeks after the receipt
of the written petition of appeal; (3) a decision will be given in writing to the
petitioner within one week following the in person appeal.
Program candidates interested in Elementary Education (Pk-6):
- Major in Liberal Arts, minor in Teacher Education
- Successfully complete (“C” or better) in ENG 101 & 102, MTH 105 or higher, BIO 101,
PSY 201, 211 & 291, MTH 320 to satisfy the required Liberal Arts Core for the Liberal
Program candidates interested in Secondary Education (6-12):
- Students must choose a content area as a MAJOR and minor in Teacher Education.
- Successfully complete PSY 211 (PSY 291 is not required)
Endorsement for Licensure
||Biology & Chemistry*
|Computer Information Systems
||Journalism minor (add on)
|Social Studies (History, Government, Economics)
*Pre-Professional Science requires a dual endorsement licensure in Biology and Chemistry
with the requirements listed below
| BIO 101, 201, 202, 305, 330
|| CHM 101, 105, or 103, 104
| BIO 254 or 303 or ESC 211
|| CHM 301, 302, 341
|| CHM 315 or 412
|| CHM 342 or 305
- Program candidates interested in Art, Theatre Arts, Physical Education/Health, Russian
or Spanish are considered ALL-LEVEL (PK-12).
- Field placements at both elementary and secondary levels
- Successfully complete PSY 211 & 291
- Complete student teaching placements at both elementary and secondary levels
Program Completion for Licensure
Students completing all components of the Teacher Education Program become eligible
for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as states with reciprocity
In order to apply for licensure, students must:
- Complete the application for licensure available online at
Follow the clear instructions listed in Steps 1-8 on the “Procedures for Applying
for an initial Virginia License for Teachers” and submit the entire application and
all required documentation to the Ferrum College Registrar.
- Provide official evidence to the Registrar demonstrating completion of the Child Abuse
Recognition and Intervention training
- Provide official evidence to the Registrar demonstrating official passing scores on
any required assessment such as: Praxis I, Praxis II, VCLA and VRA
Earn a grade of “B” or higher in EDU 402 Student Teaching
Provide the Registrar with written permission for release of the college transcript
to be sent to the Virginia Department of Education. There is a fee for an official
A non-refundable application fee made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia must accompany
the application packet. The Registrar will submit the entire application packet to
the Virginia Department of Education.