TAP Prepares Students for Careers in Education
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
TAP Prepares Students for Careers in Education
TAP Prepares Students for Careers in Education

The Teaching as a Profession career pathway (TAP) gives students an excellent opportunity to see what a career in the field of education would really be like.  Students learn about all aspects of teaching and/or working within a school system. 

Jill Dyer, TAP Program Coordinator, says, “Many students begin this program with misconceptions about teaching. In my experience, by participating in this program, students will experience one of two things.  They will either realize that teaching is much more challenging than they thought and they will move on to other endeavors; or they will discover a true love for children and a passion for the job that they never knew they would have.  When the latter is the outcome, a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher is born.”

The program consists of three courses that include classroom instruction and mentoring with teachers who work with ages PreK – 8th grade.  By completing the courses and passing the state-wide assessment students also have the opportunity to earn college credit.  As part of the requirements for pathway completion, these students work with a mentor teacher at the elementary or middle school level where they are given opportunities to assist students one-on-one or work with a small group through remediation and enrichment activities.  “All of the CTAE pathways offer students an opportunity to learn important life skills.  This one in particular also gives them the opportunity to work side-by-side with someone in the field and get a real feel for what it would be like to work with children in a classroom environment day in and day out,” Dyer says. 

The classes are open to all high school students in grades 9-12.  An Advisory Committee meets with Mrs. Dyer twice a year.  The committee consists of current teachers and school administrators, personnel from the school system’s Central Office, members of the Retired Teachers Association, parents, and students currently participating in the program.

 

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