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Take the first step in learning to teach.

Learning Environment
Time is spent in the classroom, area schools and preschools. Classroom learning will focus on children and the different ways in which they develop and grow. Time spent in area schools and preschools allow students hands-on practice of what they are learning about the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children..


What's It Like?

Instructor Margaret Bailey says:
“The curriculum has a heavy emphasis on projects and self-motivation. You will get out of the class what you put into it. If you’ve been looking for a way to channel your creativity through design and to solve real-world problems with purpose, look no further.”

    Education Occupations

    High impact, high demand. The education field remains the second-largest industry in the U.S. and, despite many changes in recent years, career opportunities are expected to grow at a steady rate. Instructors in special education, English as a second language, mathematics and science in both urban and rural areas are in particularly high demand.

    Course Overview
    This course is an introduction to employment possibilities in the field of education. Students will study theorists, brain development research and child development from birth through high school. They’ll learn what makes a great teacher, teaching philosophies, teaching strategies, how to use integrated technology in the classroom, how to examine data and much more. Students will investigate the roles and responsibilities of various positions to develop and overall understanding of the pre-K-12 system and become familiar with a wide variety of education-related occupations. A typical day could include anything from group activities or student presentations to preparing lesson plans, writing research papers or lab activities..

    Potential Careers
    Participation in Education Occupations can help prepare you for jobs in areas like:

    • Elementary School Aide
    • Preschool Aide
    • Special Education Aide
    • Nanny
    • Infant-Toddler Home Visitor
    • Family Daycare Provider
    • Childcare Center Aide
    • Lunch Aide/Bus Aide

    With further training and/or education, you could expect Education Occupations to help launch a career in fields like:

    • Preschool Teacher
    • Director - Childcare Center
    • Social Services Worker
    • Infant-Toddler Specialist
    • Special Education Teacher
    • Children’s Librarian
    • Elementary School Teacher

    Primary Units of Instruction (lecture, demonstration and lab work):

    • How Children Learn
    • Interacting with Children
    • Language
    • Child Observation
    • Active Learning Environments
    • Child Development
    • Self-Esteem Building
    • Work Ethics
    • Special Needs Children
    • Lesson Planning
    • Story Telling
    • Lesson Implementation
    • Health, Safety First Aid


    Length of Program:
    One Year, two semesters; second year is optional for qualified students

    Program Schedule:
    A.M. Session - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    P.M. Session - 12:20 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.


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    It is if you...

    • have good writing/speaking skills
    • are detail-oriented and organized
    • are friendly and caring
    • can accept responsibility
    • enjoy interacting with adults & kids
    • work well as a team
    • are a creative problem-solver

    Going to college? Start with CTE

    College Partnerships

    • Central Michigan University
    • Delta College
    • Ferris State University
    • Mid Michigan Community College
    • Saginaw Valley State University

    It is possible to earn articulated college credit through an articulation agreement between CTE and many Michigan community colleges and universities. This credit can only be granted after successful completion of the CTE program and future enrollment at a college or university that has a current articulation agreement with Clare-Gladwin CTE. See your school counselor for more information.

    Students in Education Occupations have the opportunity to meet the requirements for employment as a classroom paraeducator.

    Who’s Up For a Second Helping?
    Students interested in returning for the program’s second year must:

    • Have 10 or fewer absences/less than three tardies in the second semester of Year One
    • Be a team player and demonstrate a positive attitude
    • Have a ‘B’ average or better in the first year
    • Be a self-directed and independent worker, indicate a personal desire to pursue a caeer in education and have good work ethics

    High School Credit and CTE Certification
    Students may earn the state-required fourth-year math-related course credit through this program. Local schools will award high school credit upon successful completion of this program. The CTE Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete their programs.