Teaching credential courses are available through bachelor's, master's, and graduate certificate programs in teaching and education. Certificate programs usually require a bachelor's degree that can be in any subject and are suitable for individuals who want to change careers or who are already working as substitute teachers. Teacher education programs often include specializations, such as elementary, special, mathematics, secondary, or foreign language education. All programs usually incorporate classroom observations and a student teaching experience.
After completing their coursework and student teaching, graduates of teaching credential programs need to pursue licensure or certification in their state. There are various teaching certification tests that may be required, including those covering basic pedagogy and subject matter knowledge. Those who haven't completed a bachelor's degree program and received initial certification may have to continue their education with a master's degree in some states. There are also continuing education requirements that are very common.
Some common concepts taught in teaching credential courses are:
- Classroom methods and evaluation
- Human development
- Curriculum design
- Special education
- Classroom technology
List of Teaching Credential Classes
Introduction to Teaching
In this course and other introductory teaching classes, students are provided an overview of the teaching profession through such topics as student life, school organizational structure, and career concerns. Typically, students must spend some time in a classroom observing the age and subject matter they'd like to teach. Professors provide introductions to students on how to conduct classrooms, interact with students, and talk to parents.
Those looking for a teaching credential take this class to become familiar with the established methods of teaching. Practical aspects of the course include creating age-appropriate lesson plans that integrate key principles into lessons. Teaching method courses also demonstrate testing options so that teachers are able to test their students' competency. Technology and software programs used in instruction and grade-keeping are also introduced.
Courses in classroom management are essential for the enhancement of teaching credentials, as they train future teachers to control their students. This course teaches participants how to deal with disruptive behavior and use disciplinary action to keep students under control. The coursework examines methods to keep students' attention and provide incentives to focus.
Disorders and Disabilities
It has increasingly become the responsibility of teachers to notice when students are being abused or have learning disabilities. Teachers learn coping skills and tools to teach to students who have disorders, such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), autism, dyslexia, and Asperger's. These courses provide information about recognition, intervention, and various techniques for helping these students learn. These courses also provide instruction on how to recognize signs of abuse and how to talk to students that show these symptoms.
Advanced teaching candidates are placed in real classrooms and supervised by working teachers in this teaching course. Students plan lessons, instruct the class, tutor students, and grade assignments. The supervising teacher is often present in the room to assess the students' ability and to help as needed.