Programs & Courses

Secondary Education Pathways
The Secondary Education pathway offers four tracks for students to specialize in chemistry, English, mathematics and Spanish. Each pathway allows students to complete the first two years of the program to be a secondary teacher. It prepares them to take the state exam and transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Strategies

  • Treat school like a job: attend, be on time, complete assignments, etc. 
  • Seek experience through part-time, summer or internship positions related to teaching with the intended age group in various settings such as pre-schools, day cares, camps,community agencies, adult centers, YMCA's, etc.. Consider camps with focused topics.
  • Demonstrate patience, creativity and the ability to work well with people of various backgrounds.
  • Develop strong communications skills to deal effectively with students, staff and parents.
  • Complete a college level teacher preparation program to obtain certification for desired subject area or grade level.  Requirements vary by state.
  • Pursue multiple certifications to increase employability.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Education Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts (e.g. tutoring in the Academic Center.)
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge or special leadership events and workshops on campus.
  • Become comfortable with giving presentations. Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g.  Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101Advanced Public Speaking SPCH-201, etc.).
  • Develop your resume, social media and professional brand.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via Linked In, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in education to learn about career paths and to build a network of contacts.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills.  Learn to work well within in a team.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, etc.).
  • Develop excellent computer skills, including relevant software packages, from online tutorials, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) or in Carroll classes. 
  • Seek volunteer or paid experience in area of interest (i.e. English as A Second Language training, GED preparation, literacy development, etc.).
  • Become a member of Carroll's student clubs related to teaching including the Early Childhood Education Club and the Student Education Association.
  • Look into joining the  Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society.
  • Join a professional association, to remain current on trends, find scholarships and ideas







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