Educator Preparation Program

Educator Preparation CTE - Course Pathway

Please note - American Red Cross CPR/First-Aid and AED Training and Certification occur during student’s Grade 11/12 Health coursework.

The New American Schools
1 Credit
Grade 10

Innovative schools are working hard to break away from the industrial model of education in order to fully engage students and encourage them to pursue areas of passion.  While technology has spurred some reforms, many schools are struggling to create new approaches to better prepare students for a constantly changing world. 

In this first course of Narragansett High School’s Educator Preparation CTE program, students will gain an overview of the history of American education, examine current issues facing American schools, research innovative schools nationwide, and ultimately design their own ideal school.
  Students will examine the profession of teaching and its evolution through the Educators Rising Curriculum.  Students will also conduct beginning clinical observations in classrooms focused on classroom culture (Educators Rising - Micro-Credential:  Classroom Culture), student engagement, and teaching and learning, as well as assisting teachers when appropriate (approximately 15-20 hours). 
Students will be using their communication and interpersonal skills to interact with master teachers and students during their clinical observations.  Also during their observations, students will have opportunities to reflect on the profession and what professional skills they will need and how they pair with patience, kindness, and resourcefulness. 

This course is required to complete the Education CTE Pathway.  

*This course may be taken as an elective for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are not enrolled in the Educator Preparation CTE program, but are interested in the issue of education.

 


The Psychology of Learning
½ Credits
Grades 10 -12

Educators need to know how students learn as well as what motivates them to learn.  Students will learn the science and psychology of learning with an emphasis on adolescent psychology.  The course will examine the educational theories of learning and explore research on the impact of classroom culture and curriculum on adolescent learning.  Students will be able to have discussions with educators in the field about the application of the learning theories discussed within the course and, at times, see them in action through classroom observations (approximately 5-10 hours).  Students will also engage in research and discussion around the Educators Rising Curriculum specifically looking at the student and classroom engagement (Educators Rising - Micro-Credential:  Classroom Engagement). 

Students put their communication and interpersonal skills into action as they  interact with master teachers and students during their classroom observations.  Also during their observations, students will have opportunities to discuss with their collaborating and master teacher what entry-level skills and knowledge professionals need to accomplish the desired learning outcomes. 

This course is required to complete the Education CTE Pathway.


Experiences in the Classroom
1 Credit
Grade 11-12

Students will have the opportunity to assist classroom teachers over the course of a school year.
  Students will gain experience designing learning activities, finding appropriate resources, managing student engagement, conducting formative assessment and providing extra help and support to individual or small groups of students.  Students will go through an interview process to build communication and professional skills, as well as find out their interests within education.

Students will be have opportunities to visit and observe instruction in urban and/or urban-ring classrooms and discuss with professionals in the field some of the challenges of meeting the needs of learning within these communities. Students will also examine the diverse needs of students within their own communities by examining topics such as differentiation, instructing students with special education or ELL needs, and helping student with attendance issues.

Students will use the Educators Rising Curriculum and complete the following micro-credentials:
  Anti-Bias Instruction, Collaboration, and Formative Assessment. 

Students will continuously apply their communication and interpersonal skills as they interact with master teachers, peers, and students during their classroom seminar and observations.  Also during their observations, students will have opportunities to discuss with their collaborating and master teacher what entry-level skills and knowledge need to engage with and meet the needs of a diverse student population. 

Internships experiences will be provided at all levels (elementary, middle, and high school; approximately 60 hours).  Additionally, students will work with the master teacher to identify areas of need as they work towards completion.

This course is required to complete the Education CTE Pathway.


Preparing for Entrance into Post-Secondary
½ Credit
Education Coursework-Grade 12

Students will be required to take the Parapro Assessment and Praxis Core Test.  Students will receive support and guidance as they prepare for the Parapro and Praxis Core Test I.  Those students with aspirations of entering into early childhood/elementary education will have an opportunity to study the RI Early Childhood Standards and certification.

Students that have not completed Micro-Credentials associated with the Educators Rising curriculum will have an opportunity to complete these modules.  Additionally, students will be able to create a personalized learning project under the supervision of their master teacher.  Students chosen to be a part of this project will be determined on a needs basis.  To complete either of the above situations students will have the opportunity to work with a collaborating classroom for approximately 5-10 hours.

Students will be expected to use communication and interpersonal skills at a college level and master entry-level skills and knowledge that professionals need to accomplish the desired learning outcomes for this coursework.

This course is required to complete the Education CTE Pathway.