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Secondary Track

Courses & Required Materials

The courses below are required for this 18-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 program 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.
Reading in the Content Area for Secondary Teachers (TTT535)

Designed to provide practical procedures for developing effective reading skills at the junior high, middle, and secondary school levels. Attention centers on understanding the relationships between the processes of reading and the learning of content. Suggestions on how to meet the total range of student reading needs in the classroom are addressed. Methods and materials to enhance advanced comprehension and study skills of adolescents in a multicultural society are presented.

Prerequisites TTT510 & TTT520
Credit Hours 2 hours
Field Experience 3-6 hours
Textbooks Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (11th edition)
by Richard T. Vacca, Jo Anne L. Vacca, & Maryann E. Mraz
Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers (TTT552)

This course is designed to assist candidates preparing for the secondary or P-12 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 Principal/teacher interviews
Textbooks Classroom Discipline and Management
by Clifford Edwards
Secondary Methods (TTT555)

This course is designed for secondary education/P-12 candidates in the Transition to Teaching program. All aspects of planning, current effective teaching strategies, and evaluation of individual progress utilizing both traditional and non-traditional assessments are discussed. Aspects of adolescent literacy are included. Content specific assignments are included.

Prerequisites TTT510 & TTT520
Credit Hours 3 hours
Field Experience 12-15 hours
Textbooks & Materials Teaching in the Middle and Secondary Schools (11th Edition)
by Jioanna Carjuzaa & Richard D. Kellough
*eText 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!

Myron: Chemistry Teacher
Myron completed the program in the spring of 2012, and shares his transition to teaching, reason for choosing Taylor’s program, and how it fits into his life.