Introduction to Careers in Education and Training

Introduction to Careers in Education and Training will introduce students to the field of education and training, and the opportunities available for early-childhood care, primary school, secondary school, higher education, vocational training, and adult and continuing education. The students will gain an understanding of the career options available in teaching, administrative work, and support services. They will also explore the education and background experience needed to succeed in these careers.

Students will learn about the evolution of the modern educational system in the United States, and the policies and laws that govern educational institutions. They will also discover the similarities and differences between the ethical and legal obligations of working with adults versus working with children.

Students will learn about the skills needed to be effective communicators. They will also learn how to differentiate between different types of learning theories, and they will explore how to implement current principles from educational psychology into the classroom.

Students will also learn how to create a safe and healthy learning environment. They will discover the federal laws and agencies that set health-and-safety standards, and they will learn how these regulations are enforced in the workplace.The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the field of education and training, and to explain the career opportunities that are available in this field.

  • Unit 1: Education and Training: Historical Perspectives, Introduction, and Critical Skills: In this unit students learn about the historical evolution of the American educational system and the social, political, and economic role that education currently plays in modern society. They also learn about the critical importance of strong communication skills to a successful career in education and training.
  • Unit 2: Learning Styles and Collaborative Learning: In this unit students learn about the different theories that describe how people learn and the fundamentals of educational psychology. Students also investigate the ways in which group interactions can be used to enhance the learning process.
  • Unit 3: Educational Policy and Human-Resource Development: Unit 3 examines the careers available in the field of educational research, policy development, and human resources. Students also discover some of the skills critical to these careers including conflict resolution, leadership, and management skills.
  • Unit 4: Ethical and Legal Policies of Careers in Education and Training: Unit 4 examines the ethical and legal rights that govern behavior as it relates to training and education. Students also learn about the federal laws that are applicable to K–12 schools and higher educational institutions. They also explore career opportunities in the fields of social work and career counseling and those available in higher education.
  • Unit 5: Health and Safety in Education and Training: In Unit 5, students examine the health and safety practices that are applicable to the educational setting. They also discover the career opportunities that are available in the field of health and safety.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Education & Training
Course Length: Semester