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Center for Future Educators Magnet

The Center for Future Educators, CFE, is a program designed for students in grades 9-12 who plan or may consider a career in education. Whether being a Pre-K teacher, Coach, Guidance Counselor, School Administrator, or a K-12 teachers, CFE can help students test the waters while getting a jump start on their college degree.







Introduction to the Teaching Profession
This course is designed to focus on the profession of teaching and related careers – history, purposes, issues, ethics, laws and regulations, roles, and qualifications. Emphasis is placed on identifying the current, historical, philosophical and social perspectives of American education, including trends and issues. During the course students will participate in a minimum of 20 hours of guided observations and field experiences in multiple settings to help them assess their personal interest in pursuing careers in this field and to identify effective learning environments. Students will begin the development of a working portfolio to be assembled upon completion of the program. The course is also designed for students to learn about leadership and skill opportunities afforded through participation in CTSO activities.


Human Growth and Development
This course prepares students to understand the nature of human development from conception through adolescence and the connection of the students’ development and plans for working with students. Emphasis is placed on theories of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development, the effect of heredity and the environment, the role of caregivers and the family, health and safety concerns, and contemporary issues. Students will participate in a minimum of 30 hours of planned, guided observations of children from Elementary to Secondary in a variety of schools to help students further understand theories of human development. Students will continue to develop the components of his or her working portfolio to be assembled upon completion of the program.

Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction
This course is designed to develop competencies related to supporting the learning activities of students that involve literacy and multiple intelligences; it includes job related math skills and the ability to prepare classroom materials. During this course students must participate in and document 25 hours of a practicum and continue developing their portfolio.

Principles of Teaching
This course is designed to develop competencies related to employability skills; developing relationships between school and the home; intrapersonal skills and professionalism. During this course students must participate in and document a practicum. A formal observation of the student must be conducted by the instructor during the latter part of the practicum experience. The student must submit a completed portfolio to the instructor by the end of this course.

Speech
The purpose of this course is to develop students’ beginning awareness, understanding, and application of language arts as it applies to oral communication concepts and strategies in a variety of given settings