Education Careers

Education is one of the building blocks of a democratic society, and thus, the need for teachers and other professionals who work in an educational setting remains consistently strong. The Education Careers program helps students explore the many different areas of expertise needed in today’s school districts. While teaching and learning is a primary focus, the program looks at the various professionals needed in a school system – counselors, social workers, speech/physical/occupational therapists, administrators, etc.

Program Description

Students in Education Careers learn about child development and how children learn from birth through adulthood. Teaching strategies, lesson plans, creating learning-friendly classroom environments, lesson presentations, group activities, etc., are included in the curriculum. At the end of the year, students may have the opportunity to experience on-the-job training or observation as a cadet teacher.

To Be Successful

Students in this program are usually energetic, hardworking, outgoing, and enjoy working with others. Successful students are also organized and good with technology. They usually have the ability to work in teams and to use computer skills to do research. In order to be in this class, students must have a physical, TB test, and criminal background check.

Student Organization

Business Professionals of America (BPA)

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Teacher
  • School Administrator
  • Counselor
  • Social Working
  • Physical/Occupational Therapist
  • Librarian
  • Music Therapist
  • School Nurse
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Teacher Consultant
  • Psychologist
  • Tutor
  • Teacher’s Aide

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.

  • 1.0 English Language Arts
  • 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 4th Math
  • 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts
  • 1.0 Online Learning Experience

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.

  • Baker College
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Siena Heights University
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • Michigan After-School Partnership - MiYDA Certificate/Credential

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Jody Hillard brings 15 years of experience working with children ages birth – 18 years of age in both the classroom and early education settings.  She received her start as a student in the LISD TECH Center Early Childhood program and working as a co-op teacher in the LISD TECH Center Preschool.  After her graduation from Sand Creek High School, she received her bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University in Early Childhood Development.  Mrs. Hillard is an LISD TECH Center Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, a varsity volleyball coach for a local public school, and a 4-H community club leader in Lenawee County.

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