Education & Training

Additional Information

This career cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing and providing education and training services and related learning support services. Millions of people each year prepare for careers in education and training in a variety of settings that offer academic instruction, vocational and technical instruction, and other education and training services.

A growing emphasis on improving education and making it available to more Americans will increase the overall demand for workers in the education and training career cluster. Employers are expected to devote greater resources to job-specific training programs in response to the increasing complexity of many jobs, the aging of the work force, and technological advances that can leave employees with obsolete skills. This will result in particularly strong demand for training and development specialists across all industries.

Programs of Study

Early Childhood Education Careers  (Pre-K-4)

Early Childhood Education Careers is designed to prepare students for careers as an early childhood teacher. Course content covers the components of curriculum planning, student learning, screening and assessing, and many other skills related to teaching younger populations. Upon completion of this program of study, students will have had the opportunity to work alongside educators in an internship experience, compile artifacts for a professional portfolio, and graduate prepared for further training at the postsecondary level.

Course Standards

Educational Therapy and Support

Educational Therapy and Support focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for occupations that support the everyday functioning of school environments, such as school counselors. In this program of study, students are exposed to all the critical components of effective teaching and learning at the K-12 level, as well as professional ethics, communication skills, school counseling models, and counseling approaches for a range of ages. Upon completion of this POS, students will have had the opportunity to work alongside educators in an internship experience, compile artifacts for a professional portfolio, and graduate prepared for further study in a variety of educational support fields.

Course Standards

Teaching as a Profession (K-12)

Teaching as a Profession is designed for students interested in becoming an educator. In this program of study, course content covers the components of instruction, teaching strategies, types of assessments, student learning, special populations, educational technology, classroom management, lesson planning, professionalism, and more. Upon completion of this POS, students will have participated in an internship placement and built a professional portfolio in preparation for advanced training as future educators at the postsecondary level.

Course Standards

Courses for Elective Credit
  • Lifespan Development (6013) is a supplemental course which can be offered in addition to courses within the Early Childhood Education Careers program of study but does not count toward concentrator status.
  • Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum (6105) may substitute for the Level 4 offering in all programs of study

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