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Educational Careers

The Educational Careers Program connects relationship building with your peers to the curriculum being taught as you get real life, hands-on experience in the classroom. Being a cadet teacher, learning child psychology, exploring types of education, and enrolling in college classes are just a few of the many aspects of the program you will experience.

Educational Careers is not just for those who want to be teachers, but rather anyone who has interest in working with kids will find this program beneficial. You will gain experience for being a teacher, counselor, coach, social worker, and many more!

The classroom placements are definitely one of the highlights of the class because you can choose a grade level from kindergarten through eighth grade. You will work alongside an experienced mentor teacher and get a glimpse of behind the scenes of being a teacher while directly connecting with the students.

With all of this experience, you can decide if education is the path for you or refine what direction in education you want to go.

With this program, you will:

  • Have more independence and a college-like feel
  • Be able to choose your career path based on experience
  • Practice making learning fun
  • Gain the opportunity to teach your lessons to real students

What You Will Do

  • Teach and coach side-by-side with& professional educators in a variety of school settings.
  • Design dynamic classroom learning activities using modern technology and research-based practices.
  • Assemble your comprehensive portfolio in preparation for postsecondary education and state teacher certification.

Program Highlights

Work Side-by-Side with Mentors Professional educators from your chosen elementary through middle school grade will show you the behind the scenes of being a teacher while you get hands-on experience.
Create Lesson Plans and Activities You will design dynamic classroom learning activities using modern technology and research-based practices. You will apply knowledge learned in class and will build your teaching style.
Build an Education Portfolio Throughout the year, you will be adding credentials to your own teaching portfolio that will assist you in postsecondary education and state teacher certification.
Preparation for College Through the program, you’ll gain knowledge and experience to help prepare you for furthering your career in the college experience.
Practice Professional Skills The program helps you develop your skills in presenting, collaborating, communicating, writing, public speaking, and reasoning.
Learn Child Psychology You will be taught basic child psychology to help you understand working with children and how to apply it to the lessons you teach.
Connect with your Peers You will be surrounded by a group of welcoming classmates and instructors that are there to assist you along the way.

What Students Are Saying

If you're debating on taking the Educational Careers course or not, my advice is to absolutely take it. Teaching is about a lot more than providing information for students to absorb. Teaching is also about (but in no way limited to) providing a safe space for students to express themselves in, providing helpful opportunities for students, and opening doors for their student's future success. This course introduces the fantastic world of educational careers with hands-on learning and involves engaging real-world experiences. —Mikayla

The best part about Educational Careers is the relationships. You get to build relationships with your peers. You also get to build relationships with the students in the classrooms you are observing in. And then, on top of that, you get to build relationships with the teachers you are learning from. You will learn a lot of great things from this course and the mentors you choose to work with. I have enjoyed the course and look forward to using the skills I have learned for many years to come! —Abby 

The best part about Educational Careers is going into classrooms! You get to ask the teachers questions and see how the students act and react to different lessons and activities. The students want you to be a part of everything that they are doing, and you get to form bonds with some of them. Plus Mrs. Reisbig is pretty great, too ; ) —Aana

Educational Careers was a great opportunity to get a head start on earning college credits and getting to work hands-on with children. You get to be on the side of learning that you never truly understood or have seen before. Getting to interact with the kids and be with the specific age group I wanted made me love it even more, and it really showed me how much I really do want to work with kids, especially at the younger age range. By the time I graduate high school I will be going into college with my first year of credits done, which means I spend less money while I am furthering my education.  —Alanna

This program is a great opportunity. It really opens your eyes to the world of teaching. It shows you how much work goes into being a teacher. If you're a hard worker and want to be a teacher, then this program is for you. My favorite part of the program was working with the kids. They just brighten your day and are always happy.  —Laura

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Ashley Reisbig

Montcalm Area Career Center
Career Technical Education
Educational Careers Instructor