The Teacher Academy of Maryland is a Career and Technology Education (CTE) instructional program that aligns with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the Maryland Essential Dimensions of Teaching (EdoTs). The program prepares students for further education and careers in the education profession. The program consists of four high school credits that focus on teaching as a profession, human growth and development, learning theory, and curriculum and instruction. These credits are designed to articulate to a Maryland post secondary teacher education program. Upon completion of the program and passing the ParaPro test, high school graduates are ready for employment in the teaching profession. This program is based on the outcomes of the Maryland Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree, which aligns with the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) standards.
Students are expected to:
- Identify the current, historical, philosophical, and social perspectives of American education, including trends and issues.
- Demonstrate an understanding that knowledge of the learner’s physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural development is the basis of effective teaching.
- Explore learning theories as antecedents to current educational practice.
- Identify research-based practices in teaching and evaluate their appropriateness for various educational situations.
- Explore curriculum delivery models in response to the developmental and cultural needs of all children.
- Use instructional technology to meet student and professional needs as guided by the Maryland Teacher Technology Standards.
- Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics, and, if appropriate, a secondary content area, in preparation for entry into the workforce and/or post-secondary education.
- Participate in internship experiences that include exposure to multiple age levels and subjects, including critical shortage areas.
Explore the career opportunities within the Human Resources Services Cluster and career opportunities and employment requirements within the Education and Training Services pathway.
Students will have an opportunity to participate in a career and technology program related to fire prevention and control and emergency medical technology. The program includes classroom instruction as well as formal training at selected local fire companies. Students are required to complete a minimum of 138 hours of work-based learning and take the seven certification exams. The CTE pathway program is designed to allow students to complete all requirements and be certified in this area as well as have opportunities to earn college credit.
In most school systems the classroom training will be provided by instructors from the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) of the University of Maryland. Students are required to be a member in good standing of their local fire company and complete the required services in order to be eligible to sit for the industry certifications. This instruction will be supplemented with field trips and various guess speakers.
The following components of the Firefighter/EMT program are delivered through MFRI courses and certification exams. The following represent the core set of courses; however, school systems will have the option of adding additional courses.certifications to the core:
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Fire Fighter I
- Incident Management System
- Emergency Response to Terrorism
- Hazardous Materials Operations
- Fire Fighter II
- Rescue Technician – Site Operations and Vehicle and Machinery Rescue
Flexibility in the number of credits per year or the number of years to complete the program is allowable depending on local delivery of courses. This program outlines the suggested recommended sequence. Articulation agreements are developed with the community college listed on the Value Added options chart (Step 2E). Completion of a two-year program at the community college listed on the Value-Added options chart (Step 2E) articulates to two years of credit in the Bachelor’s Degree program at UMUC.
The Early Childhood Education Program is designed to prepare students for continuing education in preparation to be public school teachers and/or child care providers in family and group care settings. Students completing the course sequence of study may articulate community college credit and/or qualify for the Level 2 Maryland Child Care Credential.
As a result of participating in the program, students will know theories and practices that are essential for individuals working with children in family child care homes and child care centers including:
- Child development
- Special needs and
- Health, safety, and nutrition
Students will study the physical, cognitive, psychological, and social growth and development of children.
Students will use conceptual framework for understanding the role of the early childhood professional and the variety of related services in the field of education in the context of society with an emphasis on current issues, trend, and practices.
Students will study the design and implementation of preschool curriculum with emphasis on language development, mathematics, science, and the arts.
Students will be introduced to the field of infant and toddler child care in family and group care settings by exploring the design and implementation of age-appropriate activities and routines.
The Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HS/EP) Program is a Career and Technology Education instructional program which integrates government, academia, and private sector training/educational initiatives to help students understand how the United States and its interests worldwide are protected against threats to public safety, both natural and manmade, through effective communication, preparedness, detection, prevention, response and recovery. The program offers three career strands: Homeland Security Sciences, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, and Information/Communications Technology. These three strands align with the six mission areas of the United States Department of Homeland Security: Intelligence and Warning, Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets, Border and Transportation Security, Domestic Counterterrorism, Defense against Catastrophic Threats, and Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Students are expected to:
- Outline the essential characteristics of national and international acts of terrorism.
- Classify the roles, functions of, and interdependency between local, federal and international law enforcement, intelligence and military agencies.
- Develop effective strategies to generate information necessary for intelligence and Law Enforcement organization agency heads to make timely, effective and efficient decisions on the directions and methods of Homeland Security policies and operations.
- Examine the global and national issues and policies concerning terrorism and Homeland Security.
- Employ technology for general and critical legal research, writing and case management.
- Demonstrate proficiency in communication, problem-solving, and team building skills.
- Explain and justify the ethical standards needed for careers in the Health and Human Services Cluster.
- Participate in internship experiences that include exposure to multiple career areas within the chosen program strand. and
- Explore career opportunities within the Human Resource Services Cluster and Homeland Security Pathway.