A Learning Playground!
The Teacher Education class is geared toward college bound students and explores education from a historical perspective to modern day educators. Students learn effective teaching techniques along with child growth and development, health and nutritional, positive guidance, responsibility, and curriculum planning and assessments. Students work in the early childhood lab to observe educators, classroom management, and diverse learning styles.
First year students begin in a classroom environment and demonstrate learning through presentations, research papers, and group activities. Then move on to work in the lab with children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years. Students learn to plan, prepare, and implement age appropriate lesson plans, manage small groups of children, and develop group time activities.
Second year students utilize an online curriculum enhanced with a year-long, in-depth classroom experience at an elementary and pre-school site in our community. They work directly with children planning and teaching. This exploration experience often inspires students to pursue education careers. Second year students must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA to take part in this opportunity.
Field trips include visits to colleges and outings with preschool children. Successful students are self-motivated, confident, outgoing, creative, and good students who enjoy working with children.
This class will prepare you for the college level Professional Readiness Exam which is necessary to proceed to a university level education major. Students must have a physical, social security number, TB test, a criminal background check, and be able to pass the CPR/First Aid certification within the first two weeks of class.