No longer children. Certainly not yet adults. They are riding the wave of physical, mental and relational changes and need you to help them figure it out. Being a part of students’ lives as they navigate one of the more exciting periods of life is a privilege. As they begin to appreciate abstract thinking and processing, it will take special gifts and talents to guide and challenge them. Helping middle school students grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually into young men and women is a great responsibility and a tremendous honor. If you are called to teach this age group, the challenges may be great, but the rewards will be even greater!
The Middle Grades Education major leads to certification in grades 4-8 with specific fields of emphasis. The program prepares teacher candidates of the unique Middle School concept designed to meet the needs of the developing adolescent. Each candidate in this program declares two areas of concentration from the four general areas offered: language arts, social studies, math, and science. Fifteen hours in each area of concentration are required in addition to methodology classes and practical application involvement.
is teaching a calling?
In the Teacher Education Department at Toccoa Falls College, we believe that the profession of education truly IS a calling. In our program, you are equipped to be servant leaders in today’s classrooms – serving students, parents, colleagues, administrators and the community. Our aim is to prepare prospective teachers to serve in private, public and overseas school classrooms.
One of our greatest resources in TFC’s Early Childhood Program is our highly qualified and dedicated faculty. We begin from our own spiritual roots and our own professional experience and expertise in teaching P-5 classrooms to assist prospective teachers in developing the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be effective educators in the 21st century. The Christian worldview is integrated into each of the courses offered to prepare early childhood teachers to make a positive contribution to our changing society and world.
This page is for informational purposes only and is not intended for official academic purposes. Please refer to the official college catalog for detailed information regarding all courses of study.
- Teacher Education Minor
Professional Teaching Objectives for these majors include
- The candidate understands concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he/she teaches.
- The candidate understands how learners grow and develop; recognizes patterns of learning and development, and identifies individual differences.
- The candidate uses the understanding of all learners to design and implement differentiated learning experiences and create inclusive environments that enable learners to meet high standards.
- The candidate plans instruction using a variety of instructional strategies and resources including technology to support rigorous learning goals, to develop deep understanding of content areas, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
- The candidate understands how to connect concepts to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic issues.
- The candidate understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
- The candidate works to create safe, orderly, and well managed environments that support collaborative learning, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.
- The candidate seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with others to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.
- The candidate engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually reflect upon, analyze, and evaluate his/her practice to adapt to and meet the needs of each learner.
- The candidate demonstrates a clear commitment to professional and ethical standards as outlined by the GaPSC in the Code of Ethics while understanding the effects of his/her choices and actions on others.
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