This program is intended for students who would like to learn more about the field of education, perhaps are even considering a career in the field of education at any level or in any capacity. In this program you will be introduced to education history, theory, and methods of teaching. This course provides you with a basic understanding and introduction to the teaching and education profession. The competencies and curriculum focus on education topics similar to those taught in a college curriculum. In fact, you will have the opportunity to participate in Southern New Hampshire University’s dual enrollment program and may choose to receive college credit for classes in this program. Because of this, the nature of courses in this requires mature, responsible, self-directed learners. Courses will be taught as introductory college classes. Emphasis will be placed on developing academic skills, learning content, and developing work-ready skills. In addition to classroom work, you will also be required to complete observation hours in a variety of classroom settings. Of course, all of the specifics of course requirements will be discussed on the first day. Technology, including but not limited to google classroom and libguides, is used regularly for both communicating and for course information and evaluative criteria submission.
I am truly looking forward to working with you! As one who has devoted his professional life to education, I think you’ve chosen a valuable and rewarding field to study. If you have any questions or if I can clear anything up for you, just let me know. If you email me, you WILL hear back from me.
Best wishes to you for a great summer. See you in the fall!
TEACHER PREPARATION 1
Course# 813, Grade 11, 2 Credits (SNHU), Year
In this course you will be introduced to education history, theory and methods of teaching. This course provides you with a basic understanding and introduction to the teaching and education profession. The competencies and curriculum focus on education topics similar to those taught in a college curriculum. The nature of this course requires mature, responsible, self-directed learners interested in pursuing a career in the education field. You should have an excellent attendance record. Emphasis is placed on work-ready skills and academic skills and content. You are required to complete observation hours in a variety of classroom settings. Professional attire is required when you are at practicum and observation sites. Students considering careers in all levels of the education field benefit from this program and are well prepared for college. This course is eligible for 4 college credits through SNHU.
Recommendation: Grade of C or better in current English and Math course.
TEACHER PREPARATION 2
Course# 803, Grade 12, 2 Credits (SNHU), Year
Teacher Prep 2 focuses on child growth and development. Theories relevant to individual stages of development are discussed and the sociological, cultural and psychological aspects of human growth and development are studied. An overview of all developmental stages will be covered and students will explain and discuss age and developmentally appropriate experiences for children, particularly in an educational context. Additionally, this course will introduce students to the principles and practices of assessment for teaching and learning. Topics include the types, benefits, and uses of formal and informal assessment as well as the ethical issues of assessment and grading. Students will create assessments aligned with standards-based content and understand what educators need to know about the goals, benefits, and uses of formal and informal assessment. Through classroom observations, students will identify developmentally appropriate use of classroom resources, procedures, and assessments.
Prerequisite: Students enrolling in Teacher Prep 2 are expected to have mastered or be proficient in the basic teaching skills learned in Teacher Prep 1 and teacher recommendation.
Jim Slobig has been teaching at SHS since 1996. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in English and his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. As a member of the English Department, he has taught almost all of the courses offered. When the opportunity to teach a course to prospective education students arose, he jumped at the chance. With over twenty-five years in education, Mr. Slobig cherishes the opportunity to share his passion for teaching with students who are interested in pursuing this rewarding profession. When he’s not at school or working on his classes, he enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors.