Education Professions Program at Mountain Ridge High School
The Education Professions program is designed to prepare students for employment and/or postsecondary opportunities in the field of education. The program provides instruction in education career choices, education structure and systems, theories, history, pedagogy, developmental stages, learning styles and instructional methods. The Education Professions program also provides interactive experiences with students at different age levels in a variety of content areas in different educational environments. Education Professions is designed to articulate with the Introduction to Education courses at the community college level as well as paraprofessional preparation programs. In addition to technical skills, students completing this program will develop advanced critical thinking skills, enhanced academic skills, develop civic responsibility, and comprehend the stages of human development and their impact on learning in the classroom.
The Education Professions program is designed and delivered as a coherent sequence of school-based and work-based supervised learning. The Professional Skills developed by business and industry leaders across Arizona are integrated throughout the program. Education Professions students also develop leadership, social, civic, and career skills through their participation in the state-recognized Career and Technical Student Organization, Educators Rising.
The Education Professions instructional program prepares students for entry-level employment, further training, and/or post-secondary education for these and other occupations: Paraprofessional, Instructional Assistant, Elementary Teacher, Secondary Teacher, and After School Program Assistant
The following credentials have been approved for the A-F CCR and are CTED eligible for the Education Professions instructional program:
• Paraprofessional Praxis Certification
The following industry credentials have been approved to meet CTED eligibility for the Education Professions instructional program:
· Child Find Certification
· CPR/AED Certification
· First Aid Certification
Career and Technical Student Organization
Educators Rising is cultivating a new generation of highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path from high school through college and into their teaching careers. By working with aspiring educators who reflect the demographics of their communities and who are passionate about serving those communities through public education, Educators Rising is changing the face of teaching.
All students enrolled in Education Professions are eligible to also participate in Educators Rising. This CTSO provides opportunities for future educators to enhance their leadership and public speaking skills and network with other future educators. Conferences and competitions are offered each year with opportunities for students to earn scholarships to Arizona’s universities. The Educators Rising curriculum is embedded in the Education Professions class so all students enrolled in the program can be successful in both programs. Mountain Ridge High School is proud of students who have exceled in Educators Rising to earn state and national championships and college scholarships.