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Education and Behavioral Science

facultyThe Division of Education and Behavioral Science offers four degrees:

  1. Major in Early Childhood Education with Reading Endorsement
  2. Major in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Language Arts/Social Studies and Math/Science
  3. Major in Psychology
  4. Major Missions/Psychology
  5. Major in Music Education

The division also offers a minor in Psychology.

The early childhood, middle grades and music education programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The music education program is also approved by the National Association of Schools of Music. All degree programs at Truett-McConnell College are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) at Level II.

For extensive information concerning all Teacher Education Programs, see the Teacher Education Handbook and the Internship Supplement.

Applying to the Teacher Education Program

General Information

Students who wish to enter one of the Teacher Education Programs must meet all admissions requirements including the completion of a formal application.

Download the Application

Because of the sequencing of courses and because of pre-requisites for admission, a student should review the Degree Checklist and consult with an education department advisor as soon as he or she enrolls at Truett.

Once a student is admitted to the Teacher Education Program, that student will be assigned to a cohort with a designated course schedule and to an education department advisor. The education faculty monitors and reviews the progress of each student each semester. The faculty reserves the right to remove any student from the Teacher Education Program for failing to meet established criteria and policies in effect at the time of admission and/or demonstrating conduct that has been judged unethical or illegal based on the Truett-McConnell Student Handbook or the Code of Ethics of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Application Timeline

Students should apply to the Teacher Education Program after they have completed 40 hours of academic coursework. Please note: Admission to Truett-McConnell College does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Application packets for the following academic year are due February 1 to Room 111 Holcomb Education Building. Interviews may be conducted. Qualified applicants will be notified prior to the spring advisement period for fall registration.

Late applications (submitted after February 1) from current Truett-McConnell students and from transfer students are accepted and considered until the cohort is filled (20 students).

Transfer Students

Transfer students who wish to apply for admission to Teacher Education must first apply for admission to the college, and admission to the college does not guarantee admission to Teacher Education.

Our Vision

Creating accomplished teachers who are servant leaders in a diverse world and are called by God to the profession of education.

Program Description

The Early Childhood Education Program is a cohort model: a group of students proceeds through the program together beginning in the fall of their junior year. Courses are offered on the Truett-McConnell College campus during day-time hours. The program is aligned with the Georgia Framework for Teaching and is field-based and developmental. The program is consistent with the mission and vision of the institution and meets national and state standards for the preparation of elementary school teachers.

Overview of the Program

  • It is 128 semester hours in length. (See Degree Checklist)
  • It prepares students to teach at the pre-kindergarten through fifth grade levels.
  • Admission to the teacher education program in the junior year requires a 2.75 overall GPA, along with testing and other requirements. (See Applying to the Teacher Education Program)
  • Application to the teacher education program is made only after the student has completed 40 semester hours of college-level work. (See Applying to the Teacher Education Program)
  • Applicants must provide proof of liability insurance valid through the projected graduation date. (See SPAGE website for registration)
  • Students who are admitted into the program must submit to a criminal background check.
  • It involves over 1,000 hours of field placement experiences.
  • It involves morning field placement fall and spring semesters during junior year and fall semester senior year.
  • Students complete their internship during spring semester of senior year.
  • All students will be placed in partner schools for field experiences and at least one of those placements will be in a diverse setting.

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