Careers in Education - CTE Online Model

by CTE Online Admin

The Careers in Education Course is designed to prepare students for professional or learning support positions in education, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. Students study human development, standards, regulations and codes, positive guidance and counseling techniques, age-appropriate and grade-appropriate learning strategies, learning theories, and standards-based curriculum and instructional design. Students can apply and practice their knowledge and skills at a variety of elementary and secondary sites. The course prepares students for entry into college or university teacher-training programs.

About the Team: This structure of this course and the materials contained within it were created by a team of educators from across the state with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Specialist Pat Peck.

From CALPADS: Advanced Education (Capstone)

This capstone course builds on concentration course content and is the final course taken in the Education pathway sequence. Students are prepared for a career or further postsecondary training. Students can apply and practice their knowledge and skills at a variety of elementary and secondary education sites.

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
California's 2013 CTE Standards (3)
California English Common Core Standards (2)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (42)
California Academic Content Standards (23)
Competencies / Outcomes

In this course, students will:

  • Know the critical health and safety procedures that are used at a school site.
  • Understand critical emergency and disaster procedures at a school site
  • Understand the state and federal environmental and safety regulations and the use of material safety data sheets as they relate to the education industry.
  • Know the staff procedures, duties, and responsibilities related to safety, emergency, and disaster preparedness plans.
  • Know how to use certified first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and other emergency procedures
  • Understand the typical hazards at the work site and know the procedures and practices that contribute to a safe and healthy environment.
  • Understand the basic structure of education in California (e.g., pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, community college, the California State University, the University of California).
  • Understand the differences in organizational structures at educational facilities, including relationships and interactions among personnel.
  • Know when and how to use key procedures at the classroom level (e.g., attendance; observations; evaluations; and illness, incident, accident, and injury reports).
  • Know professional standards for the Educational workplace (ethics, professionalism, appropriate clothing, quality of work).
  • Analyze and interpret regulations and policies with the California Education Code; the California Code of Regulations; and California Department of Education Policies and Guidelines
  • Analyze and interpret education requirements for California Public Schools K-12 Staff.
  • Identify tests associated with the Credentialing Process.
  • Identify Child Abuse and Neglect reporting requirements.
  • Analyze and interpret District and Site policies as well as compliance with Laws & Regulations.
  • Know how typical and common atypical developmental patterns affect the educational progress of children and adolescents.
  • Identify the factors in heredity, family, culture, and the environment that may influence the development of children and adolescents.
  • Understand the role of parental involvement in the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of children and adolescents.
  • Know the best practices for inclusion in the education of children and adolescents with special needs.
  • Understand common behavior problems, possible causes, and potential solutions.
  • Understand strategies for effective classroom management, including appropriate discipline.
  • Know the types of positive guidance techniques that are used in various stages of a child's development.
  • Know how to support the development of positive self-image and self-esteem and independence and respect for oneself and others.
  • Students will study the identification of students with special needs and accomodations that can be made in the classroom for these students.
  • Identify relevant curriculum standards and their use in instruction.
  • Know the basic components of effective standards-based lesson plans appropriate for varying ages, learning styles, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Use teaching strategies that promote student learning, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Know the types and important elements of student assessments.
  • Understand the appropriate use of current technology to develop instructional materials and support learning.
  • Know various types and sources of quality, grade-appropriate materials and equipment.
  • Assess available materials and resources for quality and grade appropriateness.
  • Develop grade-appropriate instructional materials and resources.
  • Know the signs and symptoms for infections, illness, and allergic reactions.
  • Understand the nutrtitional needs of children.
  • Identify common food allergies.
  • Recognize nutrition-related disorders and diseases.
  • Know mediation policies and guidelines.
  • Recognize universal health and food precautions.
  • Understand the factors that influence effective communication between the school and home and how to foster parental involvement.
  • Understand issues of diversity and how to exhibit sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • Understand the ways in which language, culture, and educational backgrounds may affect communication within and among families and the school.
  • Know the credentialing requirements for teachers of students in pre-kindergarten through community college.
  • Explore careers in education, including the various professional levels and career path options.
  • Identify education industry trends and issues.

It is suggested that students complete an introductory comprehensive core course, Life Management, and a concentration course, Child Development if at all possible

Resources and Materials
Open Text


Students will follow class rules and policies and the safety guidelines of equipment use. They will practice professional responsibilitiy in working at a local fieldsite. All students will sign a behavioral contract and meet a score of 100% in the assessment of this unit to continue on with the course.

5 Hours

Safety, Emergency, and Disaster Procedures

Students will understand how to provide a safe and healthy environment for children, first aid, CPR, and other emergency procedures.

15 Hours

School Organization and Operational Procedures

Students will study the development of education from a historical perspective as well as organization of the educational system, governance and management, types of facilities, professional levels within the system, roles and contributions for organizational success, and preparation required for a teaching career. New research and educational trends will be also studied. Students will study classroom organization to optimize learning and after school programs and their organization. Students will have the opportunity to prepare for and take the CBEST examination. They will identify ethical behaviors and the components of professionalism.

10 Hours

Standards, Regulations, and Codes

Students will understand government structure and its role in the educational system and regulations affecting preschools, elementary and secondary schools and governance.

5 Hours

Growth and Development of Children and Adolescents

Students will study important elements of physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of children, pre-kindergarten through adolescence. This will include theories of child development, factors that influence developmemt, parent/child and family structures, and cultural differences.

25 Hours

Classroom Management and Positive Discipline

Students will understand the roles of positive interaction, guidance, and discipline in the educational environment. This will include self-concept and respect for self and others, independence and self-help skills, behavior modification concepts, positive guidance and discipline techniques, assertive discipline methods, classroom managememt and schoolwide discipline, and classroom management and disclipinary techniques for middle and high school students.

20 Hours

Students with Exceptional Needs

Students will study the identification of students with special needs and accomodations that can be made in the classroom for these students. This includes gifted and talented students, English Language Learners, students with behavior problems, at-rish students, students im crisis, and students with disabilities.

10 hours

Designing Effective Instruction and Assessment

Students will understand the California subject area frameworks and State Board of Education content standards. Students will understand current methods, techniques, strategies, and applications for teaching various subject area content standards to individual children, small groups, and whole class instruction. They will assess and develop learning activities for children in preschool through high school. Students will write and deliver successful lesson plans in areas including language and literacy, mathematics, science, history/social science, nutrition and health, visual arts, music and movement, physical education, technology and career technical education. Lesson plans will include an introductory activity, instruction, guided practice, application, evaluation and closure, and assessment.

50 Hours

Health and Nutrition Practices

Students will identify common signs and symptoms of infection, illness and allergic reactions in children. They will identify proper storage and administration policies of medications. They will study universal health and food precautions. Students will outline the nutritional needs of children, common food allergies, nutrition related disorders and diseases. They will develop meal plans for children following state guidelines.

15 Hours

Communication with parents, students, and the community

Students will understand how to effectively communicate with families and community groups and support systems.

5 Hours

Exploring Teaching Careers

Students will identify education idustry trends and issues in the areas of legislation, economics, and social interactions. They will identify roles and responsibilities of teachers and instructional assistants in a schoolwide settng and as a faculty member, evaluator, counselor, diplomat, disciplinarian, and learner. They will research academic preparation, testing and credentials necessary to enter the profession, the occupational outlook for teachers in California. They will describe the roles of professional teacher organizations.

10 Hours

Creating My Teacher Website PBL Project

In this PBL, students will create their own teacher webpage for their prospective teaching career. This would be a work-in-progress project, as they prepare for their career in teaching in the capstone class. Student will create a Weebly website and have at least four components: a Powtoon video, introducing themselves as teachers; a welcome letter for students; a Back-to-School Night Presentation for prospective parents/families; and a contact page. 

Employment Portfolio

The lessons in this unit will consist of activities that teach the student how to write a portfolio for a student organization or for a future job.

10 Hours