Kelly, Transition to Teaching graduate

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.

TTT510 Introduction to the Education Profession

(3 credit hours) 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.

Field experience: 20-24 hours

Textbook: Your Introduction to Education: Explorations in Teaching 3rd Edition, by Sara Davis Powell; ISBN 978-0-13-356328-3

TTT520 Educational Psychology

(3 credit hours) The study and application of learning theories and 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.

Field experience: 12-15 hours

Required Text: Educational Psychology: Windows on Classrooms, 10th edition by Paul Eggen and Don Kauchak, ISBN 978-0134041018

SED520 Exceptional Children

(3 credit hours) 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 and TTT520

Field experience: Teacher interview

Required Text (choose one - print version or e-text version): Turnbull, A., Turnbull, R., Wehmeyer, M. L., & Shogren, K. A. (2016). Exceptional lives. 8th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. E-textbook:

TTT540 Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom

(3 credit hours) 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 and TTT520

Field experience: 5-10 hours

Required Materials: Understanding the Math You Teach by Anita Burris; ISBN 0-13-110737-2 and IMAP CD-ROM Integrating Mathematics & Pedagogy to Illustrate Children's Reasoning ISBN 0131198548

TTT551 Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers

(1 credit hour) 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 and TTT520.

Field experience: 6-8 hours

Required Texts: The Classroom Management Book by H.K. Wong and R.T. Wong; ISBN 978-0-9764233-3-1

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher (4th Edition) by H.K. Wong and R.T. Wong; ISBN 978-0976423317

TTT560 Early Literacy Experiences and Assessments: K-3

(3 credit hours) 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 and TTT520

Field experience: 12-hour field component

Required MaterialsLiteracy: Helping Students Construct Meaning, 10th Edition by Cooper, J. David; Kiger, Nancy D.; Robinson, Michael D.; Slansky, Jill Ann. (2017) Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN is 978-1305960602
Note: An online component for this textbook is not required, so you may purchase or rent the book from Amazon.

The Joy of Language: A Christian Framework for Language Arts Instruction by Bruinsma, R. (2003). Colorado Springs, CO:  Purposeful Design Publications. ISBN is 978-1583310571

TTT565 Middle Childhood Literacy and Assessment

(3 credit hours) 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 and TTT520

Field experience: 10-hour tutoring component

Required Texts: Guiding Readers and Writers (Grades 3-6): Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy (2001) by Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell; ASIN B008A2FW9O

Other people’s words:  The cycle of low literacy. (1997) by V. Purcell-Gates; ISBN 978-0674645110

Informal Reading Inventory, 8th Edition (2010) by B.D. Roe & P.C. Burns; ISBN 978-0495808947

Teach Like a Champion 2.0 by Doug Lemov; ISBN 978-1118901854

Required Videos: When Stars Read Episode 6 "Whatever It Takes" from season 4 of Fox's television show "House

TTT581 Elementary Methods

(2 credit hours) 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 and TTT520.

Field experience: 3-6 hours

Required Text: Teaching in the Elementary School: A Reflective Action Approach, 6th Edition OR 5th Edition by J.W. Eby, A.L. Herrell, and M. Jordan; ISBN 978-0132696180 (6th edition) 978-0137147724 (5th edition). No online component required.

TTT590 Student Teaching: Transition to Teaching

(3 credit hours) 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. Prerequisites: (a) approval by the Teacher Education Committee; (b) completion of all required program courses. Students should submit the student teaching application a full semester before the anticipated start date of the student teaching experience.

Field experience: 10 weeks of full-time student teaching

The Student has become the Teacher!

Transition to Teaching graduate: KellyKelly: 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!

Transition to Teaching graduate: Colin 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, an online Transition to Teaching student, in the school library.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.