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High School Introduction to the Teaching Profession

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Have you ever watched one of your teachers and thought, “I’d like to do that!” If so, this is the course for you! This course is designed to explore what it takes to be a teacher, whether you work in a classroom, a hospital, or a corporate setting. You’ll learn about the history, purposes, issues, ethics, laws and regulations, roles, and qualifications of teaching. During the course you will participate in a minimum of 20 hours of guided observations and field experiences in multiple settings to help you identify your personal interest in pursuing careers in the field and to identify effective learning environments. You will begin to develop a working portfolio to be assembled and used throughout the program.

Segment One

Module 01 - Call Me Teacher

  • Types of schools
  • Project-based learning
  • Types of teaching opportunities
  • Other careers in education
  • Qualities of effective teachers
  • Certification
  • Required education
  • Endorsements
  • Funding higher education

Module 02 - Getting Schooled

  • Colonial education
  •  Skilled trades
  • Educational progress
  • Types of schools
  • Stakeholders in education
  • Investing in students
  • Accountability
  • Communicating with stakeholders
  • Government funding
  • Funding for public vs private schools
  • School leadership

Module 03 - The Culture of Teaching

  • Tangible and intangible aspects of school culture
  •  Dressing for success
  •  Vision and values of a school
  • Qualities of an effective team
  • Qualities of a leader
  • Working as a team
  • Improving student outcomes
  • Setting goals
  • Active listening
  • Effective communication
  • Partnering with parents
  • Resolving conflict

Segment Two

  • Module 04 - Inclusive Teaching
  • Changing demographics
  • Types of diversity
  • Diverse families
  • Benefits of diverse classrooms
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Exceptional students
  • IEP and 504 plans
  • Gifted and talented
  • Special education
  • Diversity in teacher population
  • Communication with diverse populations

Module 05 - Ready, Set…Pro

  • Where to look for a job
  • Resume best practices
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Showcasing your skills
  • Acing the interview
  • Role of human resources
  • Employee benefits
  • Policies and procedures
  • Professional attire
  • Handling social media
  • Training and professional development
  • Networking
  • Teachers’ unions
  • Appropriate conduct

Module 06 - Take the Lead

  • School Accreditation
  • Accreditation process
  • Funding through loans and grants
  • Voucher programs
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Observations
  • School safety
  • CTSOs
  • Leadership opportunities