Careers in Education

Program Description

Are you interested in a career that will make a difference in the lives of children and the future of our nation? There will be over 800,000 jobs available in the field of education through 2026. This special program explores a variety of careers in education and human services. Students will study the history, development, organization, and practices of preschool, elementary, and secondary education and will have personal experiences in local elementary schools. You will explore and prepare for the following careers: Teacher, social worker, school counselor, child care program director, parent educator, child advocate, and human resource trainer. You will learn about human growth and development, learning styles, effective teaching, methods of instruction, lesson planning, and more! Students will earn CPR and First Aid certifications, along with training in a variety of human service-related programs. College credit may be earned with a variety of colleges and universities throughout the state including Saginaw Valley State University, Central Michigan University, Delta College, and morel Students in this program will develop leadership skills by participating in SkillsUSA, a national student organization

Program Content

    Employability Skills and Career Planning
    Human Growth and Development
    Communication and Collaboration
    Classroom Management and Guidance
    Applied Learning/Field Experience
    Health and Safety
    Learning Environment and Climate
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility
    Systems and Legal Issues
    Instructional Strategies/Instructional Technology
    Curriculum Planning and Assessment

Special Features

 Students may participate in SkillsUSA, a national organization that provides opportunities to develop teamwork, personal leadership, and career skills valued by employers
 Students complete and present Senior Projects
 Students participate in teaching experiences at local schools
 Community Service projects
 Tech Prep Program


 4.0 cr. Careers in Education

College Credit

Program completers may qualify for articulated college credit from the following colleges and universities.

Careers in Education

Institution Program Articulated Course(s)
Central Michigan University ** Bachelor of Science in Education EDU107 (Intro to Teaching)
Davenport University Early Childhood Education BUSN210 (Professional Ethics)

COMM120 Presentation Techniques

GNSS (General Social Science Credit)

SOSC201 (Diversity in Society(

GNBS (General Business Credit)

Davenport University Teacher Cadet BUSN 210 (Professional Ethics)

COMM120(Presentation Techniques)

ENGL109 (Composition)

GNSS (General Social Science Credit)

SOSC201 (Diversity in Society)

GNBS (General Business Credit)

Delta College AAA Child Development CD111 Intro to Early Childhood Ed

CD112 Learning Center Activities

CD115P Intro Preschool Practicum

Ferris State University** Early Childhood Education Free elective

EDCD104 (Child Development Practicum)

Mid-Michigan Community College** Early Childhood Education and Teaching ECE101 (Intro to Early Childhood Education)

ECE150 (Preparation for Child Development Associate Credential)


Student Certifications

 First Aid
 Blood-borne Pathogens
 CareerSafe Safety Education Training

Program Requirements

 Reading Level: 11th grade
 Overall 2.5 grade point average
 Students are responsible for transportation to and from teaching experience worksites.
 Physical, Negative TB test, DHS Central Registry and ICHAT criminal background checks
 Ability to work well as a team member
 Good writing and speaking skills
 Enjoy interacting with children

Career Possibilities

Teacher, Teacher Aide/Paraprofessional, Social Worker, Counselor, Human Resource Trainer, Parent Educator, Paramedic, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, EKG Technician, Public Health Educator