Teacher Education2021-08-26T19:18:02+00:00

Teacher Education

About the Program

The Ferrum College Teacher Education Program prepares caring and competent 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.

Mission Statement

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) the learner and learning; (2) content knowledge; (3) instructional practices; and (4) professional responsibility.

The Ferrum College Teacher Education Program strives to prepare students who are thoughtful, perceptive, articulate, and professionally capable. The program challenges students to design curriculum that aligns with state standards, to utilize classroom management approaches, to differentiate to meet the needs of diverse learners, and to use assessment to inform instruction. Throughout their education coursework, students have the opportunity to gain classroom experience in multiple grade levels and content areas through internship placements. Graduates are prepared 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 who personify the Ferrum College motto, “Not Self but Others.”

Ashley Atkinson
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Beckham Hall Room 106
B.A.and B.S, Barton College
M.S., Barton College
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Ryan Bates
Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
B.A., Bellarmine University
M.A., DePaul University
Ph.D., DePaul University
Nancy Beach
Assistant Professor of Education
Director of Academic Accessibility Services
Lower Stanley Library, Office 110
B.S., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
M.ED., Lynchburg College
Christine J. Christianson
Director of Teacher Education
Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Beckham Hall Room 107
B.S., Radford University
M.S., Radford University
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Andy Flora
Adjunct Instructor of Teacher Education
B.S., Radford University
M.S., Radford University
Jennifer Whitlow
Program Assistant
Beckham Hall Room 105
B.S., Longwood University

Find Out More

Contact the Program Coordinator of Teacher Education: teachered@ferrum.edu.

Teacher Education curriculum may include:

  • Elementary Education (PK-6 Licensure)
  • Elementary Education General Curriculum Special Education (add-on endorsement) (K-6 Licensure)
  • Middle Education (6-8 Licensure)
    • English
    • History and Social Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Science
  • Secondary Education (6-12 Licensure)
    • Agriculture
    • English
    • History and Social Sciences
  • All Level Education (PK-12 Licensure)
    • Health and Physical Education

For full listing of current programs and classes, view the college catalog here.

Internship: Most education courses prior to student teaching require a 20 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 can begin in the freshman year with the first teacher education course. This early exposure gives students ample time to prepare themselves for a career in teaching. Internships are a hallmark of the Teacher Education Program.

Action Research: In our program, action research is undertaken in a school setting during student teaching. It is a reflective process that allows for inquiry and discussion as components of the “research.” Teacher candidates collaborate with colleagues to search for solutions to everyday, real problems experienced in schools and to improve instruction and increase student achievement.

Student Teaching: During the final semester in an endorsement program, teacher-candidates undertake a 10-12 week, 300+ hour clinical experience in a public school classroom.

  • 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

Admission to the Teacher Education program

Students must be officially accepted into the Teacher Education program in order to pursue teacher education licensure.  Admission to the program is a formal process wherein the candidate assembles application materials (application, resume, references) for submission in an electronic portfolio format. In order to qualify for program admission, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Positive evaluations from field placements, including dispositional qualities evaluations and teaching evidences surveys from cooperating teachers in internships as well as from Teacher Education faculty;
  • Passing scores on the Virginia Communication Literacy Assessment (VCLA); Praxis II components; Reading for Virginia Educators (elementary only); CTE industry credentials (Agriculture Education only);
  • Clear background check and TB screening;
  • Meet overall GPA (2.8) and Major GPA (3.0) standards

The application is reviewed by Teacher Education faculty. Candidates are interviewed by the Director of Teacher Education.

Application to Student Teach

The application to student teach should be submitted with the Admission to the Teacher Education Program Application. Requirements to student teach (enroll in EDU 404 and SPD 405) are as follows:

  • Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program
  • 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • 3.0 EDU and SPD coursework GPA

Acceptance into the Teacher Education program, exemplary coursework and GPA achievement, and successful completion of testing will lead to the ability to apply for licensure in the candidate’s selected content area.

Ferrum College’s Teacher Preparation Program is accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. The following initial licensure areas offered by Ferrum College are approved by the Virginia Department of Education:

  • Elementary Education (PK-6 Licensure)
  • Elementary Education General Curriculum Special Education (add on endorsement) (K-6 Licensure)
  • Middle Education (6-8 Licensure)
    • English
    • History and Social Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Science
  • Secondary Education (6-12 Licensure)
    • Agriculture
    • English
    • History and Social Sciences
  • All Level Education (PK-12 Licensure)
    • Health and Physical Education

Ferrum College’s Teacher Preparation Program is currently going through the process of obtaining accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, CAEP.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Reciprocity Statement

Ferrum College’s Teacher Preparation Program is accredited by the Virginia Board of Education. The following initial licensure areas offered by Ferrum College are approved by the Virginia Department of Education:

  • Elementary Education (PreK-6 Licensure)
  • Elementary Education General Curriculum Special Education (add on endorsement) (K-6 Licensure)
  • Middle Education (6-8 Licensure)
    • English
    • History and Social Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Science
  • Secondary Education (6-12 Licensure)
    • Agriculture
    • English
    • History and Social Sciences
  • All Level Education (PK-12 Licensure)
    • Health and Physical Education

Ferrum College’s Teacher Preparation Program is currently going through the process of obtaining accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, CAEP.

The curriculum for programs customarily leading to licensure at Ferrum College has been designed to both prepare students for licensure exams and to meet licensure requirements in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The licensure boards of each state are responsible for establishing requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to relocate to any state other than Virginia should review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board. Each state licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible to sit for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.

Student Responsibility

Students who intend to relocate to another state following licensure in Virginia should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling. We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensing board(s) in their state where they intend to obtain licensure before beginning their academic program. Many licensure boards have additional requirements beyond successful degree completion to obtain a license. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the licensing board for the most current information and requirements. Ferrum College shall not be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum/internship location. Students should use the Licensure Disclosure Tool to initially determine whether a Virginia license does meet licensure in all states, does not meet licensure in all states, or the program requirements are undetermined because Ferrum College cannot determine whether the program leads to licensure. Again, remember that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time. The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.

LICENSURE DISCLOSURE TOOL

StateWebsite LinkState Teacher Education Licensing Requirements 
AlabamaAlabama State Department of EducationMet
AlaskaAlaska Department of Education & Early DevelopMet
ArizonaArizona Department of EducationMet
ArkansasArkansas Department of EducationMet
CaliforniaState of California Commission on Teacher CredentialingMet
ColoradoColorado Department of EducationMet
ConnecticutConnecticut's Official State WebsiteMet
District of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia Public SchoolsMet
DelawareDelaware Department of EducationMet
FloridaFlorida Department of EducationMet
GeorgiaGeorgia Professional Standards CommissionMet
HawaiiHawaii State Department of EducationMet
IdahoIdaho State Department of EducationMet
IllinoisIllinois State Board of EducationMet
IndianaIndiana Department of EducationMet
IowaIowa Department of EducationMet
KansasKansas State Department of EducationMet
KentuckyKentucky Department of EducationMet
LouisianaLouisiana Department of EducationMet
MaineMaine Education AssociationMet
MarylandMaryland State Department of EducationMet
MassachusettsElementary and Secondary EducationMet
MichiganMichigan Department of EducationMet
MinnesotaMinnesota Department of EducationMet
MississippiMississippi Department of EducationMet
MissouriMissouri Department of Elementary & Secondary EducationMet
MontanaOffice of Public InstructionMet
NebraskaNebraska Department Of EducationMet
NevadaState of Nevada Department of EducationMet
New HampshireNew Hampshire Department of EducationMet
New JerseyState of New Jersey Department of EducationMet
New MexicoNew Mexico Public Education DepartmentMet
New YorkNew York State Education DepartmentMet
North CarolinaNorth Carolina Department of Public InstructionMet
North DakotaOfficial Portal for Dakota State GovernmentMet
OhioOhio Department of EducationMet
OklahomaOklahoma State Department of EducationMet
OregonOregon Teacher Standards and PracticesMet
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Department of EducationMet
Rhode IslandRhode Island Department of EducationMet
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Department of EducationMet
TennesseeTennessee Department of EducationMet
TexasTexas Education AgencyMet
UtahUtah State Board of EducationMet
VermontVermont Official State WebsiteMet
WashingtonWashington Office of Superintendent of Public InstructionMet
West VirginiaWest Virginia Department of EducationMet
WisconsinWisconsin Department of Public InstructionMet
WyomingWyoming Department of EducationMet