Program Description

The Careers in Education Program is a two year curriculum that provides high school students with classroom experiences that will enable them to make informed decisions regarding careers in education and begin training in the field of education. Students will learn about growth and development during the early childhood years and apply what they have learned through hands-on, real-life experiences in our state-licensed preschool, Tots-N-Teens Preschool.

During the second year, students may have the opportunity to participate in a “Capstone Experience” where they will be placed as interns at elementary or middle school classrooms and experience a special education setting. Students will begin working towards the CDA (Child Development Associates Credential/Certificate) and complete a Professional Portfolio.

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Student instructing preschoolers

Course Content

  • Employability, Certification & Career Development
  • Growth & Development
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Diverse Learners
  • Classroom Management & Guidance
  • Field Experiences (Preschool/Internship)
  • Health & Safety
  • Learning Environment
  • Ethics, Legal & Professional Responsibility
  • Instructional Strategy & Technology
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Observation, Assessment & Evaluation

What's New

Students have the opportunity to obtain a CDA (Child Development Associates Credential. What is a CDA? It is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. More Information

Sensory Play

Students working with sensory play

Sensory play is one of the best ways to aid in the development of a child. A sensory table is basically a table full of materials that get children to use all five senses.

Reading

Student Reading

The high school teachers read to the preschoolers every day. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.

Pretending

Students playing puppets

The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas. When a child engages in pretend (or dramatic) play, he is actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. Children also build self-esteem when they discover they can be anything just by pretending!

Art

Students painting

Art is a very important component in the preschool. It encourages fine motor skills, problem-solving abilities and can be used to effectively teach and understand other key subject areas such as reading, writing, math and science.

Muscle Development

Student helping preschooler on balance beam

High school teachers help children develop their large/gross motor muscles. These muscles are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs and other large body parts and movements. Gross motor skills are important to enable children to perform every day functions, such as walking, running, climbing and throwing.

iPads

Students working on iPads

The student teachers teach the preschoolers how to use iPads. iPads are a useful way of enhancing children’s development and learning in all curricular areas.

Field Trips

Students at the zoo

The high school student teachers go on field trips with the preschool children during the year. They go to the zoo, an apple orchard and museums.

Fine Motor Skills

Student building block tower

The children are given the opportunity to develop their fine motor skills each day. Fine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers and thumb. With the development of these skills, a child is able to complete important tasks such as writing, feeding oneself, buttoning and zippering.

Working One-on-One

Students coloring

The student teachers work one-on-one with the preschoolers by helping them with a variety of activities throughout the day.

Occupations

Entry Level Occupations

  • Teacher Assistant- $27,920
  • Daycare Operator- $22,930
  • Nanny- $23,358
  • Child Care Worker- $24,230

Occupations with College Education (Median Pay)

  • Preschool Teacher- $33,300
  • Preschool Director- $52,150
  • Elementary Teacher- $59,420
  • Middle School Teacher- $59,660
  • High School Teacher- $61,660
  • Special Education Teacher- $61,030
  • Principal- $96,400
  • Career and Technical Education Teacher- $58,110
  • Post-Secondary Teacher (College )- $79,540
  • Librarian- $59,500
  • School Counselor- $57,040
  • Social Worker- $50,470

Related Fields:

  • Psychologist- $80,370
  • Pediatrician- $184,240
  • Speech Pathologist- $79,120
  • Occupational Therapist- $84,950
  • Recreational Leader- $26,350

*All career median salary information is courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Industry Certifications

  • Child Development Associates Credential (CDA)
  • Teacher Aide
  • CPR & First Aid Certification

For College Bound Students

Upon successful completion of this program with a “B” average or better, students can earn college credit towards Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, Delta College, Davenport University, Macomb Community College, Baker College, Oakland University and Mid-Michigan Community College.