This class is an introduction to the field of education. Students will begin their understanding of children; physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Students will be exposed to a variety of educational settings and may participate in field trips, job shadow opportunities, and community outreach.
Open to: Grades 9,10, 11 & 12
Prerequisite: Attendance is a crucial component of this course, as well as completing the required number of field-work and classroom hours in various job shadows and internships. Both in the field placements and in the classroom students will be expected to conduct themselves in a respectful, professional manner at all times.
BHS Graduation Standards: Social Science & ELA credit
Description: This class is an introduction to the world of education. Students will begin their understanding of human growth and development by studying children of all ages. Students will begin to understand the whole child’s development which includes physical, cognitive, and social-emotional. Students will investigate teaching as a profession and how the field of education has changed. Students will be exposed to a variety of educational settings and may participate in field trips, job shadow opportunities, and community outreach. Students should expect to work with children, exercise communication skills, responsibility, dependability,and work well independently as well as part of a team.
This course can be taken independently or as part of a two-year course of studies along with Teaching and Early Education.
Industry Recognized Certifications: AHA First aid/Infant/Child/Adult CPR and Mandated Reporting.
Introduction to Education Instructor
Deb Newman’s journey to BRCOT began when she left the banking field and opened a child care center where she taught children from infancy to school age. She followed a path in early childhood education to Biddeford Schools, where she taught kindergarten for more than 20 years, while occasionally mentoring intern students and new teachers. Her love of travel led her to teach in Abu Dhabi for a year where she mentored pre-K and Kindergarten English teachers in a public school setting. She holds a BA degree from USM and an MsEd from UNE and continues to be a lifelong learner. Outside of teaching, she enjoys outdoor activities, exploring new cultures & cuisines, and traveling.