The Ferrum College Teacher Education Program prepares caring and competent pre professionals as decision makers for the diverse contexts of 21st century classrooms, schools and communities. Building upon a solid liberal arts foundation, the program assists candidates to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to become effective and caring teachers in an ever-changing society.
The mission of the Ferrum College Teacher Education Program is to develop caring, life long reflective learners who are committed to teaching using current research about: (1) critical thinking; (2) differentiation; (3) diversity; (4) pedagogy and best practices; (5) standards based curriculum and (6) varied assessments.
The Ferrum Teacher Education Program prepares students to become leaders as teachers in today’s classrooms. The program challenges students to think about curriculum issues, classroom management approaches, and alternatives to traditional assessments. Students are asked to create a stance and reflect on current educational policy. Students make data-driven decisions about their instructional approaches, consider ways to effectively involve all learners, and develop a philosophical stance about education. The development of a personal philosophy is consistently examined and refined within each class in the Teacher Education Program.
The Ferrum College Teacher Education Program graduates students who believe all students can learn. Our students become skilled in methods to differentiate instruction for each student in today’s diverse classrooms by developing strategies that are research based. Graduates are expected to work collaboratively with colleagues, school administrators and parents in order to best serve their community. The Ferrum College Teacher Education Program produces educational leaders.
Experiential & Hands-on Learning Opportunities
Each education course prior to student teaching requires a 20-40 hour internship, during which students explore career opportunities and establish mentors. In each education course students work in classrooms under the guidance of cooperating teachers. The internship experiences begin in the sophomore year with the first teacher education course. These early experiences give students ample time to prepare themselves for a career in teaching. Internships are a hallmark of the Teacher Education Program.
Students Interested in Teacher Education Select from Three Options
Elementary Education (PK-6 Licensure)
Secondary Education (6-12 Licensure)
Minor in Teacher Education
All-Level (PK-12 Licensure)
Coursework in The Profession of Teaching
The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Teacher Education, and includes courses such as:
- EDU 202 Issues in Education through Technology (Pass VCLA)
- EDU 203 Issues in Education – Past, Present & Future(Pass Praxis I Math)
- SPD 220 Survey of Exceptional and Special Education
- EDU 310 Developmental and Diagnostic Reading (Pass RVE)
- EDU 311 The Language Arts (Pass RVE)
- EDU 312 Content Area Reading
- EDU 320 Differentiated Instruction in Mathematics for the Elementary/Middle School
- EDU 330 The Middle School
- EDU 350 Elementary Social Studies (Prerequisites: EDU 202, HIS 201, HIS 202 and pass VCLA)
- EDU 352 Classroom Management and Differentiated Instructional Strategies (Pass Praxis II Content Area)
- EDU 353 Elementary/Middle School Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Strategies (Pass Praxis II Content Area)
- EDU 355 Secondary and Middle School Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Strategies (Pass Praxis II Content Area)
- EDU 357 Secondary and Middle School Classroom Management and Differentiated Instructional Strategies (Pass Praxis II Content Area)
- EDU 358 All Level (PreK-12) Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (Pass Praxis II Content Area)
- EDU 360 All Level (PreK-12) Classroom Management and Differentiated Instructional Strategies (PreK-12)
- EDU 402 The Student Teaching Field Experience
- EDU 403 The Student Teaching Synthesis Experience
There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. The following club is specifically related to Teacher Education:
- The Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education. The name represents knowledge, duty, and power in Greek. “Kappa Delta Pi supports and enhances the professional growth and teaching practices of its member educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers. This support is essential to inaugurating and retaining the best and brightest professionals in the field of education.” Kappa Delta Pi
Teacher Education Faculty
Dr. Nancy Bradley
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Director of the Teacher Education Program
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D.
Dr. Christine J. Christianson
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
North Carolina State University, Ph.D.
Richard G. Moss
Instructor of Teacher Education
Hollins University, M.A.
Academic Secretary for Teacher Education
School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
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