THERE’S POWER IN TEACHING! If you are fired up about exploring the possibility of being a teacher, then Teaching Professions is the program for you. Students will complete four courses, participate in field experiences at area schools, build positive relationships with other future teachers, and have the opportunity to earn volunteer hours through partnerships with community organizations. Students will develop a portfolio that will enhance their path toward becoming a teacher, acquire advanced knowledge, and may even earn college credit to apply toward teacher licensure.
Students will research the historical perspectives and theories of education used in the forming of their own personal educational philosophy. Students will assess legal, ethical and organizational issues. Additionally, students will assess developmental appropriate practices and identify challenging issues associated with teaching children with diverse needs. Career planning, professional guidelines and ethical practices will also be emphasized.
Students will apply developmentally appropriate techniques to advance learners’ social and emotional growth. They will create classroom environments to maximize the learning potential of each learner. Additionally, students will create and enforce classroom rules, establish classroom routines, and model self-discipline for learners. Conflict resolution, positive discipline and behavioral-modification techniques will be emphasized throughout the course.
Child and Adolescent Development
Students will examine and apply the theoretical foundations of human growth and development to children and adolescents. Additionally, learners will determine children’s learning styles; stages of social, emotional, cognitive and physical development; and needed accommodations in educational settings. Throughout the course, family and community engagement, cultural influences on learners and language growth and development will be emphasized.
Communities, Schools and Stakeholders
Students will examine the relationship of families, communities and schools in the growth and development of learners. They will implement strategies to actively involve families and communities in child development and learning, determine community resources and services available to families and schools, and act as advocates for students and learning. Throughout the course, working with socially, culturally, linguistically diverse families will be emphasized.
Career Technical Student Organization
Students in the Teaching Professions program will become members of Educators Rising Ohio. Educators Rising cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession. Available competitions are performance-based competitive events in which aspiring teachers demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and leadership in education. With a blend of individual and team events, competitions are authentic, engaging opportunities for rising educators to stretch their creativity, commitment, and professionalism.
Program Completion Incentive
Our partner colleges and universities will offer advanced college credit to students who satisfactorily complete the program and submit their portfolio for review, earn performance assessment passage, and pass the end of course exam.
As a Teaching Professions student, you will be a member of the SkillsUSA organization. SkillsUSA is a student-oriented organization designed to expand your citizenship, leadership, teamwork, and employability skills. As a member, you will be encouraged to participate in competitive events at the local, district, state, and national levels in both leadership and occupational skills.
In addition to SkillsUSA at Millstream Career Center, you may participate in many student activities at your home school such as music, sports, and club activities.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects overall job opportunities for teachers and administrators to increase by about 8% through 2024. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) also predicts increases in the annual numbers of new school teacher hires in public and private schools. The need for specialized teachers is also increasing. Many schools report shortages in teachers of math, science, ESL, and special education.
In order to teach in public schools, you must become certified or licensed by your state, which requires at least a bachelor’s degree. You can earn a bachelor’s degree in education in four years of full-time study.
- 3.0 GPA or higher
- C.P. or Honors English 10
- Excellent attendance record
Procedures for Enrollment
Obtain a specific Millstream Teaching Professions application, complete side one and return the application to your counselor for completion of side two. Applicants for this program will be assessed on the following elements:
- Grade Point Average
- Faculty Recommendations
- Attendance Record
Teacher salaries vary by state, education level, experience, and career area. The average teacher salary nationwide is around $62,150.
In Ohio, the average teacher salary is around $62,000.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018