• Help Others Realize Their Dreams
    Becoming a teacher is a special opportunity. Teachers provide services that range from providing help with babies in a daycare center to teaching students in elementary, middle, and high schools. Teachers must have a strong understanding of many content areas. They must be able to communicate, inspire confidence, and motivate learners to do their best. Teachers are also lifelong learners—they continue to take courses to keep up with change and provide the best experience for their students. If you enjoy learning and helping others learn and succeed, the Education career pathways may be ideal for you. Qualified teachers and teaching assistants are in demand in many parts of the country. In addition to teaching positions in elementary, middle, and high schools, you will also find opportunities in technical colleges, universities, and adult education centers. Here are sample careers in Education:
    • Early childhood teacher
    • Middle or high school teacher
    • Teaching assistant
    • Special education teacher
    • Principal or education administrator
    • Professor
    • Educational researcher
     
    Program Components: What’s Included?
    The Education Program enables you to build solid writing, comprehension, calculation, problem-solving, and technical skills. You will take relevant math and science courses that include skills based on advanced algebra, chemistry, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, and physics.
     
    Some courses focus on early childhood development and best practices for reading, teaching, and helping young children play and learn together. Other courses, which will prepare you for elementary to high school teaching, allow you to complete internships and learn best practices from professional teachers. You will learn about educational issues in today’s classrooms as well as how to construct a teaching plan, create an effective classroom, and motivate students.
     
    Depending on your selected career pathway and certification requirements for your chosen career, you may be able to start working immediately after graduation. You may also choose to continue your education at the college level or combine work and study. The courses you complete in your career pathway include three important training components:
    • Classroom and laboratory work
    • Career Related Education experience
    • Membership in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) or Future Educators of America (FEA)
     
    In the classroom and lab you will work on projects related to education and early childhood development. Through FCCLA you will develop strong leadership, life, and work skills.
     
    Education in Middle School
    In the sixth grade you will be able to start exploring careers in Education through the Family and Consumer Sciences program. You will participate in activities that will help you learn self-awareness and leadership. You will learn how to develop skills to help you build career goals related to areas that interest you, and you can join FCCLA. You can continue in FCCLA throughout middle school and high school. In the seventh grade you can continue to develop leadership abilities and learn more skills to achieve your personal goals. In the eighth grade you will have a chance to master pre-pathway units to help you make good choices about your high school career pathway.
     
    Academic relevance and connections in math, science, reading, writing, and social studies will help you build greater understanding of the standards you will learn. By completing all three courses in Education while you are in middle school, you will be advanced and prepared for your high school career pathway(s) of choice.