Teaching Careers

Course Description

Explore rewarding careers in the field of education, child development, and family foundations through the Teaching Careers pathway.  Whether you are interested in becoming a teacher, an early childhood provider, a child psychologist, or you’d like to obtain skills in medical pediatrics or parenting you will learn valuable techniques in this pathway.  Through a variety of activities, students will acquire skills necessary to work with the “whole child”. You will learn about the miracle of pregnancy, infancy and child/adolescent growth in all areas of development (social-emotional, intellectual, and physical) that play into the development of children. You’ll also learn about student motivation/ownership, learning styles/preferences, multicultural/ethnic diversity, social justice and about numerous topics and/or concerns relating to children, families, the benefits and rewards of parenting.  This is a rewarding class that will not only benefit you as a student but as you move into adulthood, parenting and beyond.

What does Teaching Careers offer?

  • In-depth understanding, knowledge and know-how of child development, early childhood education, family foundations and building strong communities.
  • A historical and current perspective relating to social justice, equity and self-advocacy as a means to empower and light a flame through critical lens of analysis.

Benefits of the Teaching Careers class at CEC

  • Develop a love of learning and knowledge
  • Work collaboratively with peers
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Hands-on work with CEC Early Learning Academy students’ and elementary-aged students enrolled in Denver Public Schools
  • Social Justice Advocacy

Possible career choices in Teaching Careers

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Paraprofessional
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

Course Credits

Credits Per Semester: 1.5 units
College Credit – 9 (CCD & UCD)
Freshman Split: 0.75 units 
Total semesters for completion = 3 + 1 semester-long internship

Currently attending a different school?

Talk to your school counselor about attending CEC part-time for career classes.

Teaching Careers Faculty
Name Title Department Email
Michelle Montoya Teacher Teaching Careers michelle_montoya@dpsk12.org