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Teacher Education

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.

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.”


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.

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
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
B.S., Radford University
M.S., Radford University
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Violet Long
Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
B.S., Indiana Wesleyan University
M.A., Wright State University
Ed.D., Liberty University

Find Out More

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

Teacher Education curriculum may include:

  • Elementary Education (PK-6 Licensure)
  • Secondary Education (6-12 Licensure)
  • All Level Education (PK-12 Licensure)

To access the required program coursework in each of our licensure areas, view the college catalog here.

Internship: 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 can begin in the freshman 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.

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

Students must be officially accepted into the Teacher Education program in order to pursue teacher education licensure. In order to enter the Teacher Education program you must apply to the program. Application to the Teacher Education program is normally done during the sophomore or junior year.

Prerequisites for application for entrance into the Teacher Education program are:

  • have a minimum of 40 semester credit hours
  • completed EDU 202 and EDU 203 (or currently enrolled in EDU 203)
  • pass the Virginia Communication and Language Assessment (VCLA)
  • have an overall GPA of 2.5
  • have a 3.0 GPA in EDU courses
  • have a Major GPA of 2.8
  • have minimum grades of “C” or above in:
    • MTH 105 (Liberal Arts-Elementary)
    • ENG 101 & ENG 102
    • PSY 211 (All EDU students)
    • BIO 105 or BIO 111 (Liberal Arts-Elementary)
    • BIO 111 (All Level, HHP)
    • Lab Science (Secondary)

It is required that you pass the VCLA prior to entry into the Teacher Education program. Passing scores on this minimal competency test will allow a smooth transition into the Teacher Education program.
Once you have the prerequisites, then you may:

  • fill out an application for entrance
  • supply all the necessary documents (there is a checklist)
  • submit materials to the director of Teacher Education

Your acceptance into the program depends upon a recommendation from the Teacher Education faculty.

Acceptance into the program, successful completion of Teacher Education courses and testing requirements will lead to the ability to apply for licensure in your selected content area.