Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (9-12)
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession is a foundational course in the Teaching as a Profession program of study for students interested in learning more about becoming a teacher, school counselor, trainer, librarian, or speech-language pathologist. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will gain knowledge in the history of education in the United States, careers in education, and the influence of human development on learning. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue throughout the full sequence of courses.
Teaching as a Profession I (9-12)
Prerequisite: Level 1 of Teaching as a Profession Pathway
Teaching as a Profession I (TAP I) is an intermediate course for students interested in learning more about becoming a teacher, school counselor, trainer, librarian, or speech-language pathologist. This course covers the components of instruction, teaching strategies, types of assessments, student learning, special populations, and educational technology. Students will conduct observations of educators at work and create artifacts for a course portfolio, which will continue with them throughout the program of study. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will have a fundamental understanding of instructional strategies needed for becoming an educator.
Teaching as a Profession II (9-12)
Prerequisite: Teaching as a Profession I
Teaching as a Profession II (TAP II) is an applied-knowledge course for students interested in learning more about becoming a teacher, school counselor, trainer, librarian, or speech-language pathologist. This course covers classroom management, concepts of higher order thinking, differentiating instruction, and strategies of effective classroom planning. Students in this course will demonstrate their skills in laboratory settings while building a course portfolio of work, which will carry with them throughout the program of study. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be prepared to take the capstone TAP III course and further their studies at the postsecondary level.
Intro to Teaching DE (11-12)
Prerequisite: Levels 1-3 of Teaching as a Profession pathway
Course Type: Dual Enrollment through Tennessee Wesleyan University
Offered: Fall, Spring
Introduction to Teaching is a Dual Enrollment class taught through TN Wesleyan University and is required of all students seeking teacher licensure. This course is designed to provide entry-level experiences into the work of the schools, the role of the teacher, and the school environment. Students will study the teaching profession itself and its influences, including political and legal aspects, as well as historical and sociological factors. Students will examine how these factors have shaped, and continue to shape, American education. Students will also study national and state curriculum development in grades K-12 and study curriculum implementation in real classroom settings. Field experience will consist of 20 hours in local public schools. An observational/reflection journal will be documented and maintained by the student.
Service Learning for TAP (11-12)
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.7 or higher; teacher recommendation; no in-school suspensions; acceptable attendance and discipline
This class serves students who are participating in Teaching as a Profession. It consists of field experiences at Lenoir City Elementary School. Students will get to apply classroom knowledge from TAP courses. This class is for students who possess strong leadership skills, demonstrate maturity and strong character, and have a strong desire to pursue teaching as a career.