Teaching is a Calling! The biblical example of a servant teacher as modeled by Christ is one who possesses knowledge, skills, and character appropriate to help all students learn. Those servant leaders called by God to this vocation will be prepared in knowledge, skills, and character for effective and Christ-like service in the diverse and dynamic classroom of the 21st century.
The Toccoa Falls College’s Teacher Education Department is training state certified teachers from a biblically-based curriculum that uniquely encompasses Georgia’s framework defining qualified teaching behaviors and Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards (INTASC). All programs offered in this department are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission who certifies graduates upon successful completion of their major.
What We Believe
Becoming a classroom teacher has never been more important to our society. Qualified teachers for the future are in strong demand. Christian teachers passionate about their faith need to permeate school campuses demonstrating knowledge, strong teaching skills, and biblical character that will engage their culture.
The Teacher Education Department exists to prepare Christian students to be classroom teachers that emulate biblical thinking, competence in a chosen content field, and excellent teaching skills. This preparation process dynamically integrates faith and learning through curricular, field-based experiences, and character development.
Because seeing children succeed educationally is the focus of the 21st century classroom, we believe teachers are the most important ingredient in that context because they serve as a catalyst within the learning environment. Teachers’ attitudes saturate ALL that goes on in the learning setting. Therefore, the molding of teachers as a whole person is paramount in our Teacher Education Program. We have high expectations of growth and maturity – spiritually, socially, emotionally, and academically.
The Teacher Education Department offers great opportunities to seniors to student teach in international schools in one of more than 200 countries around the world. Student teachers have taught in Africa, China, Columbia, Ecuador, Germany, India, Israel, Paraguay, Russia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Many graduates are teaching in these locations around the world.
Professional Relationships (Local Relationships)
The Teacher Education Department has a dynamic working relationship with the local public school system and with other school systems within the area. Our students are in demand locally as substitute teachers, tutoring, mentoring, and participation in after-school programs and in-school programs like America Reads.
Professional Accreditation (Our State of Georgia Relationship)
The Teacher Education Department at Toccoa Falls College has been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Therefore upon graduation, with the successful completion of requirements and course and the passing of the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) test, our graduates are fully certified in the state of Georgia. Georgia is involved in an Interstate Agreement with 40+ other states that recognize the Georgia teacher certification.
- Early Childhood Education
- Middle Grades Education (4-8): Language Arts & Social Science
- Middle Grades Education (4-8): Mathematics & Science
- Secondary Education: English (6-12)
- Secondary Education: History (6-12)
- Secondary Education: Science – Biology (6-12)
- Secondary Education: Science – Chemistry (6-12)
- Music Education: Choral & Instrumental
- Teacher Education
Endorsement in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Students who complete the ESOL Endorsement and who receive a Georgia teaching certificate in another area will have the ESOL endorsement added to their certificate. The ESOL Endorsement is comprised of the following courses:
- Cultural Anthropology
- Introduction to TESOL
- Classroom ESL Methodology & Pract
Important Links for Teachers
- The Professional Standards Commission: www.gapsc.com
- Georgia Department of Education: www.doe.k12.ga.us
- Georgia Performance Standards: www.georgiastandards.org
- Georgia Teaching Opportunities: www.teachgeorgia.org
- National Job Openings for Teachers: www.teachers-teachers.com
- Association of Christian Schools International: www.acsi.org
Websites for standards:
- National Middle School Association (NMSA): www.nmsa.org
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM): www.nctm.org
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE): www.ncte.org
- National Council on Social Studies (NCSS): www.ncss.org
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA): www.nsta.org
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM): www.arts-accredit.org/nasm/nasm.htm
- National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): www.naeyc.org/
- Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) www.udel.edu/bateman/acei/
Professional Teaching Objectives:
Understanding 2 Timothy 2:7
Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
- Gains factual knowledge in the content fields necessary for teaching.
- Learns fundamental principles, generalizations or theories about the characteristics of learners.
Skills Psalm 90:17
And let the favor of God be upon us: and do confirm the work of our hands.
- Learns to apply course material to structure classroom opportunities for different learners
- Develops specific skills, competencies and points of view needed by educational professional in lesson planning that demonstrates use of a variety of instructional methods and resources.
- Develops specific skills, competencies and points of view needed by educational professional in use of technology.
- Develops skills in promoting creative, critical and independent thinking.
- Develops specific skills in planning and utilizing appropriate methods of assessment.
- Develops effective classroom management philosophy and practices.
- Acquires skills in interacting appropriately with others as members of the school community.
- Demonstrates skills as a life-long learner by finding and using resources for answering questions or solving problems.
Character Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men.
- Changes professional behavior based on reflection, analysis and critical evaluation.
- Develops a commitment to calling through character that demonstrates Christ-like values.