Careers in Education

*This CTE program is being revised and will not be offered for the 2021/22 school year.


The program of study in Careers in Education is part of the National Career Cluster called Education and Training. To learn more about this, or any of the 16 National Career Clusters, visit:
Careers in Education Brochure
9471/9472 Careers in Education 1/2 (2 hr) * Gr 12 1.0/1.0 credit Prerequisite/Recommendation: Completed Application (available in Guidance office), teacher recommendation, interview and Careers in Education Instructor approval required.
The Careers in Education program is an innovative hands-on course designed for high school students who want to become educators and to gain experience working with pre-school, elementary and middle school students. An instructional component will be integral to the “in-classroom” experience with a strong emphasis on writing. You will work with students in as many capacities as possible: tutoring, working on special projects, supervising small groups, and eventually teaching a lesson to the entire class. You may also help with various classroom preparation duties. You will strengthen your understanding of the teaching process by documenting your observations and achievements in a Careers in Education Portfolio. Excellent attendance is required. Student must have clearance from the Family Independence Agency Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry. (Forms will be provided at interview.) Students must provide their own transportation to placement sites. This course will fulfill the one credit of Visual, Performing or Applied Arts (VPAA) graduation requirement. Students will not be allowed to enroll in this course without completing the application and interview process. The application is to be turned in to the Careers in Education advisor during scheduling time and then the interview will be scheduled.

9483/9484  Careers in Education 2A/2B (2hr/1yr)  * Gr 11-12  1.0/1.0 credits   Prerequisite/Recommendations:  Introduction to Careers in Education 1A/1B with 2.0 or higher and teacher/administrative recommendation.

Completed application (available in Guidance office), teacher recommendation, interview, and Careers in Education instructor approval is required. Student’s enrollment will not be finalized until after completing the application and the interview process. The application is to be turned in to the Careers in Education Instructor during scheduling time and then an interview will be scheduled.

Careers in Education 2A/2B is designed for students who wish to continue to explore the education field. Students will gain hands-on experience during the field experience in a classroom that is mentored by a certified Chippewa Valley Educator at the early childhood, elementary, or middle school level. Students will apply those concepts and skills learned in Introduction to Careers in Education 1A/1B and will participate in many activities, including observing, tutoring, leading small groups, preparing a classroom, creating special projects, and eventually developing and teaching a lesson of their own.  Throughout the field work, program participants work in a variety of capacities including one-on-one instruction, supervising small groups/ projects, and eventually teaching at least one lesson to the class. Students will also be responsible for turning in weekly attendance sheets, writing reflective journals, attending weekly class meetings, and completing online assignments and trainings.  Throughout the course, students collect artifacts of concept application and experience achievements to create a co prehensive end-of-the-year portfolio.

This course places a strong emphasis on language arts, writing, professionalism, and excellent attendance.

Upon completion of the Careers in Education Program, graduates may qualify for college credit (direct credit) at:

  • Central Michigan University
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Baker College
  • Macomb Community College
  • Ferris State University
  • Davenport University

World Language Credit: Students may replace one credit of World Language with one credit of CTE when CTE is taken as a second (or additional) VPAA credit. 

* Eligible students could quality for tuition-free (articulated) credits at Central Michigan University and Oakland University. For more information, visit the following web site: 

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