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 stages of development, from infancy to adolescence (social-emotional, intellectual, and physical). 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, and parenting. This is a class that will benefit students as you move into adulthood and /or careers involving children.

Program LengthProgram TimesHigh School Credits
Four SemestersAM: 8:20-10:45 AM
PM: 1:15-3:40 PM
15 Elective Credits
College Credit

College Credit: 

Semester 1Semester 2
ECE 1011
Intro to ECE
(3 credits)

ECE 1021
Field Experience
(3 credits)
ECE 1031
Guidance Strategies in Young Children
(3 credits)
Semester 3Semester 4
ECE 1111
Infant Theory and Practice
(3 credits)
ECE 2381
Child Growth and Development
(3 credits)

ECE 2365
Child Growth and Development Lab
(1 credit)

Capstone Completion: Capstone achieved with completion of level 1 and 2 ECE certs through CCD.  This can be achieved in 2 full years. 

  • ECE college certificates awarded in level 1 and 2.
  • If a student begins the pathway Sophomore year, they can complete Level 1 & 2 certifications by the end of Junior year.  If able to take full college caseloads Senior year they can continue at CCD and take ECE 2015, 220, and 226 (or 228), Senior year semester 1.  Then continue semester 2 with ECE 2401, 2411, 256, and 2601 to receive Associate’s degree prior to graduation.
Industry Certifications
ECE Level 1ECE Level 2
ECE 1011 (year 1)
ECE 1031 (year 1)
ECE 1021 (year 1)
ECE 2365 (year 2)
ECE 2381 (year 2)
ECE 1111 (year 2)
Related Careers
  • Early Childhood Education Teacher
  • Paraprofessional
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
Teaching Careers Faculty
Name Title Department Email
Michelle Montoya Teacher Teaching Careers michelle_montoya@dpsk12.net

Speak with your school counselor about attending part-time or contact CEC Counselor, Zachary Williams for more information.