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Careers in Education

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This is an innovative approach designed to attract talented students to the teaching profession. The program seeks to provide high school students insight into the nature of teaching, the problems of schooling and the critical issues affecting the quality of education in America's schools.

Students involved in the Careers in Education concentration can join Educators Rising. This student organization fosters the development of future educators through innovative programs. The organization has a vision of attracting an array of dynamic and diverse students. Students have the opportunity to meet on the state and national level.

The Early Childhood Education (AM Class) provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for gainful employment and/or to pursue advanced education in the area of Early Childhood Education. In conjunction with the Careers in Education program, students will be able to work with three and four-year-olds twice a week in the classroom, under Simulated Workplace. The hands-on experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply teaching techniques developed in the Early Childhood Education classroom.

The Careers in Education (PM Class) also works with the three and four-year olds twice a week in the classroom first semester.  Second semester these students do their hands on educational practice component in Raleigh County school classrooms across the county.

This program can be completed in one year (540 clock hours).

Class starts in August each year.

Early Childhood Education:  Monday-Friday 7:15 AM-10:15 AM

Careers in Education:  Monday-Friday 11:15 AM-2:15 PM


Prior to admission to the program, a students must:

  • Have a GPA of a least 3.0 or higher

  • Be recommended in writing by five teachers

  • Submit an essay on why you want to be in the class

  • Be in 11th or 12th grade

  • Schools will provide evidence that all students in the course met these requirements at the time of enrollment and that all students were recommended by at least three of the five teachers

Required Courses:

  • 1301 Foundation in Education

  • 1302 Student Learning, Development, and Diversity

  • 1305 Elementary Literacy Awareness

  • 1135 Seminar in Educational Practice


  • Praxis Core

  • Raleigh County Service Personnel-Classroom Aide

  • NOCTI (3 hours elective credit)

  • MOU Concord University & Marshall University (6 hours)

Sample Job Titles

Teacher Assistant, Paraprofessional, Instructional Assistant, Special Education Teaching Assistant, Para-educator, Teacher Aide, Special Education Paraprofessional, Teaching Assistant, Educational Technician, Instructional Aide

Work in daycare centers, nursery schools, preschools, public schools, private schools, private households, and after-school programs

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