Elementary Education

Program Overview

Why Study Elementary Education at TFC?

The Elementary Education major equips future servant leaders with knowledge of the diverse learners and content they will teach, skills in planning instruction, assessing, and managing, as well as character reflecting appropriate interaction with the school community, life-long learning, and a calling as a Christian servant leader with a Biblical worldview for kingdom service.  The Professional Teaching Objectives for this major are based on the TAPS standards. The Elementary Education program leads to certification in grades preschool through five.

Teacher Education majors in their senior year have the opportunity to complete a one-year, paid student teaching internship with Stephens County School District. In this program, students are the teacher of record and have their own class/set of students. Because we believe elementary teaching is a calling, the Teacher Education Department seeks to cultivate a uniquely Christian learning community through coursework with in-field experiences, a yearlong clinical practice, and faculty support of candidates in their pursuit of truth with godly character for service in public, private and international schools teaching at the elementary level.

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Teacher Education

“TFC has an amazing reputation in our community; these teachers are known for their quality, and that comes from the base that we provide at TFC with the curriculum and the support that we give our students.”

Dr. Lisa Glover
Chair, Teacher Education Department

Degree Layout

Elementary Education Courses

The Elementary Education major is a 128 hour program that includes 58 hours of general education courses (including 15 hours of Bible & Theology), 15 hours of open electives, and 55 hours in Education-specific courses.

Featured Courses:

  • Curriculum & Assessment
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Clinical Practice
Hannah O'Connor


I am so thankful for the Teacher Education program at Toccoa Falls College and the specific ways the program prepared me to become an educator. I had the opportunity to participate in field experiences in various school systems and grades throughout my time in the program, so that by the time I graduated I felt I had gained important skills that would help me succeed in the educational field. In the Elementary Education program I loved that we had small classes and cohorts. We were able to support each other and learn in a way that is completely unique to TFC. My advisor, mentor teacher, and Elementary Education cohort worked closely with me and were instrumental influences that allowed me to pursue my passion for education. I currently teach fourth grade and absolutely love what I do. I am grateful to say Toccoa Falls College and the opportunities I engaged in during my time at TFC helped me become the teacher I am today.
Hannah O’Connor, Class of 2019
Career Choices

What can you do with an Elementary Education degree?

When you earn an Elementary Education degree, you will find that there are many career opportunities available to you. Graduates are qualified for a wide range of jobs, such as:

Elementary School Teacher

Naturally, many Elementary education graduates go on to teach at elementary schools. Students will be prepared to teach at public, private or international schools.

School Administration

While further education may be required, some elementary education students aspire to become a school administrator, seeking roles as a principal or headmaster.

Child Care Center/Pre-school Administrator

Many child care/pre-school facilities are looking for qualified personnel to help lead their programs to become innovative educational centers. As an elementary education, graduate students will be prepared to develop curriculum, offer instructional oversight and provide a safe learning environment for children.

Camp/Missions Educator

With a degree in elementary education, graduates may seek careers in camp or mission ministry. As a camp director or overseas educator, students will be prepared to lead, provide vision, and offer an education for children that is centered on Christ.

Meet the Professors


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Megan Beckett Administrative Assistant for Teacher Education & Business Administration mbeckett@tfc.edu