Teacher Preparation Education Pathway
The Teacher Preparation Education Pathway is designed for students who wish to explore a career in education, own or operate a child care facility, teach elementary, middle school or high school, work with the elderly, or be a parent. Utilizing in-depth exploration and experiences, students learn by doing. Whether planning and implementing lesson plans, creating a teaching resource or garnering important real-world experience at Smithfield High School’s onsite playschool facility, Teacher Preparation Pathways students enjoy a personalized environment that focuses on the skills required to succeed in education easier and more rewarding.
7507 Careers in Child Care
The job outlook for careers in education is expected to grow by 7% by the year 2026. Test the waters to see if this is a career for you. This course focuses on the emotional, social, intellectual, and physical development of children from three to age five. The ultimate goal of Careers in Child Care is to help students to develop an understanding of child development as it relates to families, parenting, and careers in childcare. Parenting skills and school-to-work competencies are emphasized. Students will participate in a preschool-like program in the playschool center located in the classroom. Through hands-on experience in the playschool, students learn, develop and perform the skills as a teacher at the preschool level. Students have the opportunity to create and implement age-appropriate theme-based curriculum using the Rhode Early Learning Development Standards. The playschool is comprised of children ages 3 to 5 years old from within the community. High school students will begin to compile a professional child care portfolio which will be added to during the Teacher Preparation Education Pathway classes which will help in future job search. This class is offered to students in grades 9-12. It is 1 of the 4 required classes for the Teacher Preparation Education Pathway.
7503 Child Care II Honors
This class will broaden student’s perception of the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young children. Students will participate in a playschool center located in the classroom, which figures predominantly in the child care program as skills and knowledge learned in class will be applied directly by working with young children from the community in our playschool program. Students will be trained in the Rhode Island Early Learning Development Standards. Students will experience in-depth work within the area of education as they design developmentally appropriate activities and lessons using the RIELDS to support children’s learning. This is a valuable educational opportunity for students to gain essential transferable skills working with younger children that may be applied to future careers. In addition to class assignments and projects, each student will have a field experience placement at a local preschool or elementary school, keep a weekly journal, write their own lesson plans and compile a child care professional portfolio. Upon successful completion, students will receive a certificate of achievement from the Rhode Island Department of Education. This class is offered to students in grades 11 and 12. It is 1 of the 4 required classes for the Teacher Preparation Education Pathway.
7504 Child Development and Human Relations
Where did I come from? How is it that I have been shaped into the person that I am today? Child Development and Human Relations is a course that concerns itself with the prenatal development and birth of a child. You will gain an understanding of the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the newborn through age five. Rhode Island Early Learning Development Standards are revisited as part of the Academy requirement. Students will have the responsibility of taking care of “Real Care Baby”. There is also the opportunity to explore and understand the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of adolescents and gives insight to the problems commonly associated with the teen years. The decision-making process is a key component in this class. Students become aware of the responsibilities of parenting and or being the caregiver. Careers related to this field are addressed as well. If a career in Education, Social Work, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Pediatric Nursing is a potential direction for you this is a class for you. To successfully complete this course, students will participate in a wealth of activities that emphasize decision making, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Child Development and Human Relations is offered to students in grades 10, 11, and 12. It is 1 of the 4 required classes for the Teacher Preparation Education Pathway.
7509 Teaching Children and Adults
This course will give students a more in-depth experience working with children of all ages and adults. It is designed for students who wish to explore a career in early childhood education, own or operate a child care facility, teach elementary, middle school, or high school, work with special needs children, work in any career with children, work with the elderly, or be a parent. Students will plan and implement lesson and unit plans for various age groups. Creating a teaching resource file and employment portfolio will be required. Students will participate in a playschool center located in the classroom, which figures predominantly in the child care program as skills and knowledge learned in class will be applied directly by working with young children from the community. In addition, students will obtain a field experience placement in the community working with young children at a local preschool, elementary school, middle school, library, or adults at the senior center or senior health center. Students will be trained to obtain Teacher Assistant certification in our approved TCA program by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Upon completion of the course and passing the Parapro test, students will receive their Teacher Assistant/Paraprofessional certification as well as the knowledge needed to work with special education children at any age of the child’s life. This class is offered to students in grades 11 and 12. It is 1 of the 4 required classes for the Teacher Preparation Education Pathway.