Careers in Education

Program Description

The Careers in Education program is two year curriculum that takes the first steps towards a variety of careers in the education world. It gives students the opportunity to explore different career options that are available in the educational system. The curriculum will explore the theories of human development and the various stages of children from birth through their teen years. This class will focus on the history of education in the United States and how schools impact society. Students will explore and analyze both the positive and negative aspects of various employment opportunities including potential job openings, areas of shortages, earnings, advancement options, licensing requirements, expectations, applicable law and more. Students will learn about all types of learners, how they change physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially, and how that impacts the way they are taught. Students will also learn how to design an instructional plan, choose teaching strategies, and create an effective learning environment.



Related Professions

Special Education
Elementary Teacher
Preschool Teacher
Day Care Worker or Owner
School Social Work 
Possible Certifications

First Aid/CPR certification
Child Development Associate National Credential 
Paraprofessional certification  


Mott Community College
Baker College
Saginaw Valley State University,  TE 100/101 Exploring Teaching
St. Clair Community College

2015-16 Accomplishments

49 students participated in Work Experience

  • Mayfield, Lynch, Murphy and Turilll Elementary Schools in Lapeer
  • Zemmer Middle School
  • Lapeer County Intermediate School District Special Education Programs
  • Lapeer Head Start Program
  • Speech and Language Pathology in Lapeer
  • Occupational Therapy in Lapeer Schools
  • Speech and Language pathology in Imlay City
  • Weston Elementary
  • Imlay City Middle School
  • Imlay City Head Start Program
  • Imlay City Christian School
  • Dryden Middle School
  • Smarty Pants Day Care
  • St. Paul Lutheran Preschool

Several work sites requested  work experiences students schedule be extended due to the student’s excellent work ethics

12 out of 13 students passed the state assessment to be a Paraprofessional; recognized by Michigan Department of Education

4 students participated this year in the National Technical Honor Society

49 students completed LINKS training

College Speakers from: Mott Community College, Macomb Community College, Saginaw Valley State

University, & Central Michigan University

College Visits: Oakland University & U of M Flint

Careers in Education High School Conference with Central Michigan University

Top Senior Award & Lions Scholarship; Hunter Binkley

Skills USA 

  • Regional Competition:
    • Teaching: 5th Place
    • Community Service: 3rd place
  • State Competition
    • Community Service; 2nd place

Students adopted a family of five from Holiday Depot

Presented at the MAASE Supervisors of Low-Incidence Programs Winter Conference

Presented at the Secondary Early Educations Committee

Presented with students on the success of LINKS to Special Education Directors


2014-15 Accomplishments
2011-12 Accomplishments

Crayons and Community Service!  Imlay City High School, Yecenia Navarro and Ed Tech teamates, Jacklyn House and Peighton Douglas from Dryden High School, worked together to provide crayons and smiles to the young children at Detroit children's Hospital as part of a Skills USA project for their Careers in Education class taught by Katie Josef at the Career and Education Center. "We have received donations of crayons all the way from Florida!" state K. Josef.  More...

Support Hearts for Autism. Three Lapeer County Ed Tech students are reaching out to help others and learning the skills to impact lives and affect change through an autism awareness and support project. Ashley Gray, Katie Curell and Paige Williams have teamed up to support ‘Hearts for Autism in Lapeer County’ as part of a Skills USA project for their Careers in Education program.  More....



Teacher: Katie Josef
(810)664-1124 ext. 4164

Pre-School Program Supervisor: 

(810)664-1124 ext. 4164