Transition to Teaching Overview

If you possess an undergraduate degree, this short, intensive licensure program can help you prepare to teach kindergarten to grade 6.

All Alternate/Transition to Teaching Programs require completion of the following:

Admissions Requirements
  • Basic competency (CASA/SAT/ACT/GRE)
  • 3.0 undergrad GPA or 2.5 GPA with 5 years experience, or a master’s degree
  • Background check
  • 3 professional recommendations
  • Essay and resume
Licensure Courses

Developmental/Content Courses

19 credit hours required. All courses listed.

ED 115 Introduction to eLearning and Technology in Education
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Prepare teacher candidates to use instructional and information technologies to support teaching and learning, manage classroom activities, and enhance scholarship and professional growth. Through hands-on activities, students learn to design and implement technology-supported instruction, launch and maintain online resources, develop multimedia instructional materials, and use technology to communicate, solve problems, and engage in lifelong learning. Fall, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 200 Growth and Development
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduces study of the life-span development—an exploration of the biological, social and psychological changes that occur from the beginning of life to its end. Observation of children and adults is utilized. Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 212 Teaching Diverse Learners in General Education Classes
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Prepares teacher candidates to create learning environments that enhance the strengths and abilities of diverse learners, including students from various cultural, racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds; students with differing life and learning styles; students who are gifted/talented; and students with disabilities. Requires admission to the Transition to Teaching Program.

Campus & Online 2 Credits
ED 206 Introduction to Elementary Education
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of elementary school curriculum and instructional approaches for effective teaching of young children. Introduces standards-based education and portfolio process. Requires admission to the Transition to Teaching Program.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 261 The Science of Reading
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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The Science of Reading examines a basic question, “How do children learn to read?” This course includes evidence- based reading research that addresses explicit systematic teaching of phonemic awareness and phonics, direct and indirect vocabulary building, guided oral reading to improve fluency and motivation, and exposure to a variety of comprehension strategies for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Fall semester, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 264 Reading in the Content Area
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides teachers with the tools they need to lay an educational groundwork that promotes students’ success with informational text. Spring, every year. Prerequisites: ED 262 & ED 261 for Preschool - Grade 3/Mild Intervention, Early Childhood/Mild Intervention, Kindergarten - Grade 6/Mild Intervention, Kindergarten - Grade 6/Mild Intervention (non-licensure), Special Education Mild Intervention P-12.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 337 Elementary Curriculum and Instructional Methods
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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A practical, research-based course designed to provide teacher candidates with the skills necessary to create productive learning environments in elementary schools. Will address all content areas taught by elementary generalists. Requires admission to the Transition to Teaching Program.

Campus & Online 2 Credits

Clinical Experiences

6 credit hours required. All courses listed.

ED 458 Supervised Teaching: Transition to Teaching Elementary K-6
Online | 5 Credits
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Provides a capstone teaching experience in an elementary/intermediate (grades 4, 5, or 6) classroom. Teacher candidates complete 12 weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history.

Online 5 Credits
ED 450 Seminar in Teaching
Campus & Online | 1 Credit
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Seminar sessions include analysis of student teaching experiences, information about licensure requirements and procedures, and career development. Must be taken concurrently with Supervised Teaching. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval.

Campus & Online 1 Credit

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.