CTE - Teaching as a Profession


This program focuses on preparing students with the experience, commitment, and skills they need for becoming PK-12 Teachers. Students will have the opportunity to engage in lesson and unit planning, classroom management, and explore a new paradigm of teaching while working with students and teachers within the Pawtucket School Department. The coursework and curriculum is aligned with the Educators Rising, where students will delve into topics such as Formative Assessments, Classroom Culture, Anti-Bias Instruction, Checks for Understanding, High Order Questioning, Differentiation, Scaffolding, Student Engagement, and Collaboration. Students will also have the opportunity to take key assessments needed for teaching such as ParaPro and Praxis Core Assessment.


Plan of Study

Year 1

Introduction to Teaching and Learning

Year 2

Introduction to Educational Development

Year 3

The Psychology of Learning

Year 4

Teaching as a Profession Educational Practicum

Suggested Coursework:

CPR/First Aid
Public Speaking


First Aid /CPR & AED Training
Attain the minimum passing score on the RI Parapro Exam


Skills and Knowledge:

  • Communication skills: Teacher assistants need to discuss students’ progress with teachers and parents, so they need to be able to communicate well. Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills: Teacher assistants interact with a variety of people, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators. They need to develop good working relationships in their job.
  • Patience: Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teacher assistants must be patient with students who struggle with material.
  • Resourcefulness: To reinforce lessons, teacher assistants must explain information to students in a way that meets each student’s learning style. Teacher assistants should be self-motivated, demonstrate problem-solving skills and demonstrate willingness to continually grow and learn as a professional.
  • Professional Skills: Teacher assistants should act in a professional manner at all times, be dependable, reliable, understand and demonstrate confidentiality, be able to pass a BCI check and maintain a high level of ethical behavior.

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Students must complete 80 hours in any of the following activities: Internship, Apprenticeship, Service-learning project, Industry Project, or School-based Enterprise.


Occupations within this Field:

  • Teacher
  • Childcare Employee
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Human Services Career
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