Grades: 11-12 Credit:  3.0

    Recommended Prerequisite: Application and interview with the instructor; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; 95% attendance record.

    1st Semester: The first half of the course will introduce students to the teaching profession, PreK-12, and other education-related careers. Students will explore the multiple responsibilities and roles of a teacher as well as the requirements for teaching credentials, teacher shortage areas, daily working conditions and extra duties, wages and benefits, and the projected needs of this profession for the next decade. School structure and current issues in education will also be investigated as well. Students will explore the history, teaching practices, various contexts of teaching, and contemporary issues related to education. Students will be encouraged to think more deeply, broadly, and systematically about what teaching is, what teachers do, and whether teaching is an appropriate career. 

    2nd Semester: The second half of the course will provide students with an overview of American education’s historical, philosophical, developmental, and psychological foundations. Students will relate the application of psychological principles to teaching, learning, assessment, and educational practices in K-12 classrooms. Students will participate in grades PreK-8 field experience as well as develop a professional portfolio. 

    Program Certification Information: Paraprofessional Certification

    C717334+   TEACHING PROFESSIONS II - Internship

    Grades: 12   Credit:  3.0

    Prerequisite: Teaching Profession I; application and interview with instructor; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; 95% attendance record.

    The course will provide high school seniors interested in the field of education the opportunity to gain experience in a classroom setting by interning in local K-8 classrooms under the direct supervision of a host teacher. Students will observe instruction, classroom management, and teaching strategies. They will work one-on-one with students, implement classroom lessons, and create a professional and student portfolio. Students will gain experiences that will allow them to reflect on their desire to become a teacher and the classroom’s realities