Rebecca E. Pennington

Rebecca Pennington

Professor of Education
Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction
edTPA Coordinator for the Department of Education
On faculty since 2002




EdD, Learning and Leadership, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2010

MEd, Covenant College, 2002

BA, Covenant College, 1982


Professional Interests

My primary responsibilities at Covenant are to teach elementary and middle level literacy, social studies, and assessment courses in the Teacher Education Program. I also supervise student teachers, which I love to do because it enables me to see our preservice teachers apply theory to practice and it allows me to work with children.


Before coming to Covenant as an assistant professor in 2002, I taught grades 2-8 and English Language Learners, worked as a curriculum specialist, and served as a lead teacher and advocate for ELL students in South Florida. My professional interests include promoting literacy across the curriculum and developing professional partnerships between colleges and K-12 schools. My research interests include philosophy of Christian education, performance assessment, technology in education, and electronic portfolios.


Personal Interests

I love reading a variety of children's literature and promoting literacy for all students. Children's literature allows us to love our neighbor through enhanced empathy with those who are different. In addition to works for children, I read a variety of genres, including theology, philosophy, poetry, and essays. My hobbies include cake decorating, walking, and enjoying nature in my back yard.


I live with my husband, Tucker, and two daughters, Hannah and Aubrianna, in Flintstone, Georgia, where the beauty of God's creation constantly reminds me of His grace.


Covenant Activities

In addition to teaching courses and student teacher supervision, I advise elementary education students and participate in a number of faculty committees.


Professional Membership

  • American Educational Research Association
  • International Reading Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development


Selected Publications

  • "Reflective Thinking in Elementary Preservice Teacher Portfolios: Can It Be Measured and Taught?" Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 1(1), 2011. Available online.
  • "'Living Through' the Looking Glass: The Legacy of Louise Rosenblatt's Transactional Theory of Reader Response for Christian Language Arts Teachers." Journal of the International Community of Christians in Teacher Education, 1(1), Summer, 2005. Available online.


Reformed Christian College

Dr. Jim Drexler describes Covenant’s undergraduate education program, defined by its philosophy of training Christian teachers who demonstrate Christ’s preeminence in all things.

Grace-Ann Arnold

"I love being an elementary education major and having the close-knit community of elementary education majors. Covenant’s education department excels at providing opportunities for students to be in the classrooms throughout the entire degree program, even as early on as first semester of your freshman year in Intro to Teaching. I have really enjoyed spending time down at a school in Chattanooga this semester to give me hands-on experience to relate to what I am learning in my coursework."
 - education major Grace Ann Arnold '18

Schuyler Moore

"I love that I am able to work with kids and that I am in a program that allows me to go off the Mountain and begin to see what it looks like to apply what I’m learning in a classroom. The professors in elementary education are also super phenomenal. They are excited to teach us how to become better teachers and inspire us to be great teachers."
 - Schuyler Moore '18

Christian Education in Indonesia

The country with the largest Muslim population in the world is home to Covenant alumni who are passionate about Christian education.
Jonathan describes Covenant's master of education program and what sets it apart.