A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

Elementary Track

Courses & Required Materials

The courses below are required for this 24-credit hour Transition to Teaching program. All assignments are commensurate with graduate level work. TTT510 and TTT520 are prerequisites for the remaining courses, whereas TTT590 is the capstone and must be completed last. The other courses can be taken in any order. It is recommended to take no more than 6 credit hours at a time.

Introduction to the Education Profession (TTT510)

A study of the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of education. The organization, role, and funding of the public school (K-12) in a multicultural society are examined. Topics include court cases related to education, INTASC principles, concepts of teaching, lesson planning, educational technology, and educational ethics. The course also includes an introduction to candidate portfolio.

Credit Hours 3 hours
Field Experience 20-24 hours
Textbook Your Introduction to Education: Explorations in Teaching (3rd Edition)
by Sara Davis Powell
Educational Psychology (TTT520)

The study and application of learning theories, psychological concepts, and principles to the teaching-learning process. Cognitive, affective, and psychomotor aspects of the teaching-learning process are considered. Other topics included are statistics, tests and measurement, teaching models, principles of assessment, lesson planning, issues related to diverse student populations, motivation, and classroom management.

Credit Hours 3 hours
Field Experience 12-15 hours
Textbook Educational Psychology: Windows on Classrooms (10th Edition)
by Paul Eggen & Don Kauchak
Exceptional Children (SED520)

This course is designed to prepare the teacher for the challenge of meeting the needs of diverse student populations in the regular classroom. Various topics included are diverse student populations, mainstreaming and inclusion, federal and state special education laws, identification of exceptional children, their characteristics and special needs, delivery of services, instructional methods and techniques, and evaluation.

Prerequisites TTT510 & TTT520
Credit Hours 3 hours
Field Experience Teacher interview
Textbook Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today’s Schools (8th Edition)
by Anne A. Turnbull, H. Rutherford Turnbull, Michael L. Wehmeyer, & Karrie A. Shogren
*Choose print or eText.
Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom (TTT540)

A content-methods course for elementary teacher preparation which is a study of number systems, operations, geometry, measurement, data analysis/probability, and state accountability requirements in math (NCLB). There is a special reference to teaching materials, laboratory methods, and pedagogy, including classroom use of manipulatives and technology.

Prerequisites TTT510 & TTT520
Credit Hours 3 hours
Field Experience 5-10 hours
Textbooks & Materials Understanding the Math You Teach: Content and Methods for Prekindergarten Through Grade 4
by Anita Burris

IMAP CD-ROM: Integrating Mathematics & Pedagogy to Illustrate Children’s Reasoning
by San Diego State University Foundation & Randy Philipp
Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers (TTT551)

This course is designed to assist candidates preparing for the elementary classroom in developing practical skills and techniques for organizing the classroom and maintaining effective discipline. Candidates develop a plan for discipline and classroom management which utilizes a proactive approach based on positive ethical practices consistent with Christian and democratic principles. Several widely accepted discipline theories along with the study of legal implications for teachers are used in conjunction with observations and case studies to assist candidates in developing effective discipline plans.

Prerequisites TTT510 & TTT520
Credit Hours 1 hour
Field Experience 6-8 hours
Textbooks THE Classroom Management Book
by Harry K. Wong, Rosemary T. Wong, Sarah F. Jondahl, & Oretha F. Ferguson

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher (4th Edition)
by Harry K. Wong & Rosemary T. Wong
Early Literacy Experiences and Assessments: K-3 (TTT560)

This course is an examination of current methods, materials, and media used in teaching and assessing literature in a multicultural society. Literacy skills instruction and the development of literacy reading skills are studied in relationship to the total range of student needs. Topics include how language is acquired and developed, reading process, hierarchy of reading skills, technology to instruct and reinforce reading skills, and methods used to instruct reading.

Prerequisites TTT510 & TTT520
Credit Hours 3 hours
Field Experience 12-hour field component
Textbooks & Materials Literacy: Helping Students Construct Meaning (10th Edition)
by J. David Cooper, Nancy D. Kiger, Michael D. Robinson, & Jill Ann Slansky
*No online component required.

The Joy of Language: A Christian Framework for Language Arts Instruction
by Robert W. Bruinsma
Middle Childhood Literacy and Assessment (TTT565)

This course is designed to examine current methods, materials, and media used in teaching literacy for grades 3-6 and to assist classroom teachers in the knowledge, operation, and execution of diagnostic tools to assist reading problems of elementary school children in these grades. Teaching methodologies in language art and literature-based programs are addressed. Students prepare plans of correction for elementary school children’s weaknesses in reading.

Prerequisites TTT510 & TTT520
Credit Hours 3 hours
Field Experience 10-hour tutoring component
Textbooks & Materials Guiding Readers and Writers (Grades 3-6): Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy
by Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell

Other People’s Words: The Cycle of Low Literacy
by Victoria Purcell-Gates

Informal Reading Inventory: Preprimer to Twelfth Grade (8th Edition)
by Betty Roe & Paul C. Burns

Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College
by Doug Lemov
Video When Stars Read Episode 6 “Whatever It Takes” from season 4 of Fox’s television show “House”
Elementary Methods (TTT581)

An integrative approach of utilizing a variety of effective instructional methods and resources with content areas appropriate for elementary children. Strategies for working with diverse student populations and incorporating current technology are included. Topics include development of thematic units, implementation of various instructional strategies, lesson planning, and integration of elementary subject areas.

Prerequisites TTT510 & TTT520
Credit Hours 2 hours
Field Experience 3-6 hours
Textbooks Teaching in the Elementary School: A Reflective Action Approach (6th Edition OR 5th Edition)
by Judy W. Eby, Adrienne L. Herrell, & Michael L. Jordan
*No online component required.

Student Teaching: Transition to Teaching (TTT590)

Student teaching is a ten week full-time teaching experience under the supervision of public and/or private school and college personnel. The course is graded as credit or no credit, and a portfolio is required to obtain credit. Students should submit the student teaching application a full semester before the anticipated start date of the student teaching experience.

Prerequisites (a) Approval by the Teacher Education Committee
(b) Completion of all required program courses
Credit Hours 3 hours
Field Experience 10 weeks of full-time student teaching

The Student Became the Teacher!

Kelly: 5th Grade Teacher
Fresh off of finishing her first school year in her own classroom, Kelly recalls her transition to teaching while balancing being a single mother and working two jobs. Now, she’s loving her 5th graders!

Colin: Kindergarten Teacher
Finally enjoying going to work in the morning, Colin shares about his transition to teaching and the joy of watching his Kindergarteners succeed.

Miranda: School Librarian
Miranda teaches all 500 students in her elementary school! Read her story to hear about her experience with the TTT program and how it fit into her life.