Careers in Education

Program Description

The Careers in Education/Teacher Cadet program is two year curriculum that takes the first steps towards a variety of careers in the education world. It gives students the opportunity to explore different career options that are available in the educational system. The curriculum will explore the theories of human development and the various stages of children from birth through their teen years.

This class will focus on the history of education in the United States and how schools impact society. Students will explore and analyze both the positive and negative aspects of various employment opportunities including potential job openings, areas of shortages, earnings, advancement options, licensing requirements, expectations, applicable law and more.

Students will learn about all types of learners, how they change physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially, and how that impacts the way they are taught. Students will also learn how to design an instructional plan, choose teaching strategies, and create an effective learning environment.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Teaching and Community Service competitions through the SkillsUSA student organization. 

Work based learning opportunities in the county include local elementary and middle schools, speech and language pathologist, school social worker and local pre-schools.

Students attend Teaching Conferences at Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Oakland University.

Colleges that visit our program to talk about the Teacher Education Program include: Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, Mott Community College, U of M Flint, Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, Oakland Community College, and Delta College.



Related Professions 

Preschool Teacher
Elementary Teacher
Secondary Education
Special Education
Speech and Language Pathologist
School Social Work 

Possible Certifications

First Aid/CPR certification
Child Development Associate National Credential 
Paraprofessional certification  


Central Michigan University
Saginaw Valley State University
Oakland University
Mott Community College
St. Clair County Community College
Baker College
Mid-Michigan College
Western Michigan University

2018-19 Accomplishments

  • 18/21 Passed the ETS Paraprofessional Assessment
  • 38 students participated in Work Experience placements this year:
    • Various grades at: Mayfield, Lynch,Schickler, and Turill Elementary Schools in Lapeer
    • Rolland Warner & Zemmer Middle Schools
    • North Branch Middle School
    • Lapeer County Intermediate School District Special Education Programs
    • Weston Elementary & Borland Elementary Schools in Imlay City
    • Imlay City Middle School
    • Orchard Primary
    • Suncrest Day Care
      • Several work sites requested the students schedule be extended due to the student’s excellent work ethics.
  • 20 students participated in the LINKS Program between Careers in Education and Lapeer County Center-based Program
  • 2 students were offered Latchkey positions at Weston Elementary
  • 1 Students received the Mark Robbins Scholarship, $1,000.00
  • 1 Student received the Masons Scholarship, $1,000.00
  • 5 students participated in the National Technical Honor Society
  • 42 students completed a variety of Safe School Trainings
  • 40 students completed CPR
  • Students attended 2 High School Conferences:
    • Saginaw Valley State University
    • Oakland University
  • Coordinated 7 Colleges/Universities to come speak to my class about Education Degrees.
  • Students attended the following field trips-SVSU, OU, and U of M Flint
  • CTSO: Skills USA
    • Teaching Competition
      • Regional Competition: 1st
      • State Competition: 1st
  • Community Service: Students adopted a family of five from Holiday Depot in November/December
  • 10 students volunteered at Mayfield Elementary School Santa Shop
  • 5 students volunteered at Chatfield Santa Shop
  • 4 students volunteered to work at Mayfield Elementary Book Fair
  • Community Service
    • Regional Competition: 1st
    • State Competition: 1st

Credentials Available

Paraprofessional Certification
CPR & First Aid Certification
Several Safe School Training Certificates
CDA: Child Development Associate Credential


Teacher: Katie Josef
(810) 664-1124 ext. 4164

Pre-School Program Supervisor: Tiffany Howell

(810) 664-1124 ext. 4164