Transitional Kindergarten Modules
Supporting Young Learners

In each of these 7 modules, preservice teachers will deepen their understanding of the Integrated Elements, which include developmentally appropriate practice, the role of the environment, and curriculum integration.

The Transitional Kindergarten Modules are designed to build upon how Multiple Subject Credential Programs currently address early education (early literacy, early math, etc.) They are also meant to connect faculty and preservice teachers to resources that have been specifically crafted to guide elementary schools, districts, and counties as they develop their TK programs. Seven subject modules aligned with key documents can be viewed and are available for download here..

Module Components: Each module includes a Module Guide that describes the activities and their time frames, and provides links to support materials. The Module Overview connects preservice teachers to the topic, identifies concepts and introduces outcomes.

Preservice teachers can engage with the content by accessing links to readings and articles, engaging in discussion, and applying their learning to the field. Application and extension activities include developing instructional plans, generating examples & non-examples of effective practice, locating resources to expand their knowledge and much more. 

Module Use: Each module is approximately three hours in length; it is the equivalent of “one class session” in a typical three semester-unit course. An instructor may choose to have students complete an entire module over a period of time, or they may select (and even modify) one or more of the activities from a module to integrate the content into their instruction.

Example: A mathematics instructor may have students examine the Alignment document and view the video of math instruction in TK classrooms (two activities in the Mathematics TK Module) while discussing the use of manipulatives to build conceptual understanding across the grades. The Extension Activities and additional resources are available should instructors and/or students choose to engage with the content further.        

Transitional Kindergarten Modules

Integrated Elements
(supported across the collection of modules)

  1. Child Development
  2. English Learners
  3. Literacy 1:  Overview of Early Literacy
  4. Literacy 2:  Topics in Early Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Science
  7. Social Studies
  8. The Arts

The following resources (in preparation) will support the implementation of the modules.  

  • Introduction to Transitional Kindergarten and the California Context, a presentation and video
  • Facilitator Guide
  • Resources (links to professional organizations, documents, projects, etc.)
  1. Child development and developmentally appropriate practice
  2. Continuum of learning (the role of development and impact on curriculum)
  3. Learning environment
  4. Curriculum integration
  5. The role of play and exploration (learning through play)
  6. Families and communities (home-based learning activities)
  7. Teacher-student interactions and peer interactions
  8. Assessment
  9. Supporting diverse learners (inclusive education, differentiation)

Module: Mathematics

Mathematics addresses key aspects of teaching mathematics to young children and introduces the CCSS in mathematics

Module: Science

Science focuses on basic principles of science instruction in the early years and introduces the Next Generation Science Standards.

Module: Social Studies

Social Studies explores the role of investigation, perspective-taking, and connecting to students' lives, and introduces the History Social Science Standards.

Module: The Arts

The Arts addresses the foundations for integrated arts learning and planning for arts experiences in the TK classroom, and introduces the Visual and Performing Arts Standards.

Module: Overview of Literacy

Literacy 1 is an Overview of Early Literacy that focuses on developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education.

Module: Topics in Early Literacy

Literacy 2 focuses on the role the environment plays in supporting children's literacy development and introduces the CCSS for ELA/Literacy.

Module: English Learners

English Learners explores beliefs and principles for supporting language development in early childhood and introduces the English Language Development Standards.

Module: Child Development

Child Development explores research and resources ondevelopment and the implications forteaching and learning in the Transitional Kindergarten classroom.

Contact Information

Please send questions and comments, to Dr. Kim Norman, Project Director, at