Education Careers

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Education Careers is a student intern teaching program. Students apply what they learn in real classrooms with real students. To be prepared, gain experience working with children. Develop your written and spoken communication skills, and do well in all academic classes. Admission into college programs can be competitive. To increase your chances, work toward an Academic Honors Diploma and a Technical Honors Diploma.

Course Instructor: Leesa Meyers

A Typical Student in Education Careers:

The typical student is a solid academic student that wants a career in the education field. Career aspirations include elementary and special education teachers, preschool education teachers, instructional aides, counselors, social workers, school administrators, and day care workers. Students participate in the regional and state FCCLA leadership conferences where they present projects on education topics of interest and learn leadership and communication skills. Students spend part of each day at their lab sites in a local elementary or preschool and must have transportation to and from the sites. Students create and present lesson plans in the classrooms and must be comfortable working independently with students and teachers. Most students continue their education at the post-secondary level.

In the Past 5 Years

  • Students have gone on to attend Purdue, Ball State, Indiana State, IU East, and Ivy Tech to study elementary or special education, human services, and early childhood education
  • Students have earned Indiana Awards for Excellence and placed at state competitions
  • Students have attended FCCLA state and national competitions

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  • Early Childhood Education I

    Birth through Kindergarten

    Early Childhood Education prepares students for employment in early childhood education and related services and provides the foundations for study in post-secondary education that leads to other child-related careers. The program covers planning and guiding developmentally appropriate activities for young children, guidance and discipline practices, basic health and safety principals, and an overview of the management and operation of licensed child care facilities. Preschool Interns take turns operating the “Shining Stars” Preschool in the classroom. Students also gain experiences in one or more child care/preschool lab sites. Students completing this program continue their education in 2 and 4-year post-secondary programs or begin a career as an assistant in a pre-school or as an instructional aide in a school.

    Dual College Credits:

    ECED 101 Health, Safety, & Nutrition - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Testing is required. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    Industry Certifications:

    Early Childhood Education Certification (Pre-PAC)  - Testing is required. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Certification - Testing is required and fees apply.


    How to prepare

    The following courses will help prepare students for the Education Careers program, college, and a career in the education field. These courses are not required but are recommended if available.

    • Nutrition
    • Child Development
    • Speech Communication 
    • English
    • Other FACS Classes

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn teaching styles and strategies
    • Plan, write, and teach lessons
    • Complete teacher internships in local elementary schools and preschools
    • Operate the Shining Stars preschool
    • Earn dual credit and industry certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 11, 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: Approximately $125.00 Covers: Class Shirts, FCCLA Dues, CPR Certification.
  • Education Professions I

    Elementary Education

    Education Professions provides opportunities to explore careers in elementary school education and provides a foundation for study in postsecondary education that leads to teaching and related careers. The program includes planning, writing, and implementing developmentally appropriate lesson plans; completing classroom observations; applying INTASC standards; applying safety and ethical principles when working with children; investigating licensing requirements related to careers in education; and enhancing employability skills related to knowledge and dispositions of elementary teachers. Teacher Interns are placed in an elementary school at their preferred grade level, when possible, by their career program instructor. Students completing this program continue their education in 2 and 4-year postsecondary programs to be eligible for a teaching license or begin a career as an instructional aide in a school.

    Dual College Credits:

    EDUC 101 Introduction to Teaching - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Testing is required. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    Industry Certifications:

    Education Fundamentals Certification (Pre-PAC) - Testing is required. Qualifies for THD.

    CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Certification - Testing is required and fees apply.

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn teaching styles and strategies
    • Plan, write, and teach lessons
    • Complete teacher internships in local elementary schools and preschools
    • Earn dual credit and industry certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 11, 12
    • New Castle High School and Local Education Sites
    • Required Cost: Approximately $125.00 Covers: Class Shirts, FCCLA Dues, and CPR Certification.