About the Program
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) 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.”
Adjunct Instructor of Education
Ph.D., DePaul University
M.A., DePaul University
B.A., Bellarmine University
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
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
M.S., Radford University
B.S., Radford University
Adjunct Instructor of Teacher Education
M.S., Radford University
B.S., Radford University
Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University
M.Ed., Wright State University
Ed.D., Liberty University
Teacher Education curriculum may include:
- Elementary Education (PK-6 Licensure)
- Secondary Education (6-12 Licensure)
- All Level Education (PK-12 Licensure)
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.
- 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 (PreK-6)
- Health and Physical Education (PreK-12)
- History and Social Sciences (6-12)
- Agriculture–Horticulture and Animal Science (6-12)
- English (6-12)
The following add-on endorsement offered by Ferrum College is approved by the Virginia Department of Education:
- Special Education General Curriculum (PreK-6)
Ferrum College’s Teacher Preparation Program is currently going through the process of obtaining accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, CAEP.