Students receive face-to-face classroom instruction two days per week to learn beginning teaching skills/methodology. Three days per week, students work with a mentor teacher, gaining classroom experience, first by observing, then advancing to actual lesson development and delivery. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the "Family, Career and Community Leaders of America" (FCCLA) student organization. An enrollment packet is also required for the Cadet Teacher Academy, which includes field placement information. Students may also qualify to receive their "Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants" and/or Career Readiness Certificate. This would allow students to be qualified as a Classroom Paraprofessional upon graduation from high school. Participation in an orientation before the start of the school year is also required. Students in this program should enjoy working with children and be creative. Skills that would assist in the success of this program would be effective communication, compassion, flexibility, and self-motivation/management. This program provides the opportunity to work with the public and give back to the community.
"This program has provided me with unique opportunities to explore the field of education." - Student