Teaching and Early Education

This year long college prep course is an exploration of a career working with children in an educational setting. This class prepares students for postsecondary education within a variety of pathways: classroom teacher, social worker, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or as a teacher in a child care program. Students engage in rigorous coursework which follows industry competency standards by adhering to best practice as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students run an onsite simulation preschool program (Mother Goose) and plan developmentally appropriate activities which are aligned with Maine’s Early Learning & Developmental Standards. Students may also have the opportunity to job shadow and/or internship in a local child care program or in an elementary classroom. This course can be taken as part of a two-year course of studies along with Introduction to Education.

Teaching and Early Education

#25016 & 25026

PM Session

Level: CP

Open to: Grades 10, 11 & 12

Credit: 4

Prerequisite: Great attendance, good interpersonal skills, and a strong work ethic are skills necessary for success in this class. Active learners who are excited about the fields of teaching, social work, and counseling can benefit from this class. Students will be expected to conduct themselves in a respectful, professional manner at all times.

BHS Graduation Standards: Social Science & ELA credit

Eligible for Dual / Concurrent Enrollment: YCCC up to 6 credits

Description: This year long college prep course is an exploration of a career working with children in an educational setting. This class prepares students for postsecondary education within a variety of pathways: classroom teacher, social worker, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or as a teacher in a child care program. Students engage in rigorous coursework which follows industry competency standards by adhering to best practice as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students run an onsite simulation preschool program (Mother Goose) and plan developmentally appropriate activities which are aligned with Maine’s Early Learning & Developmental Standards. Students may also have the opportunity to job shadow and/or internship in a local child care program or in an elementary classroom. This course can be taken as part of a two-year course of studies along with Introduction to Education.

Industry Recognized Certifications: AHA First aid/Infant/Child/Adult CPR, ServSafe Food Handler, Mandated Reporting, and Health and Safety Basics.

Mary Maxfield

mmaxfield@biddefordschools.me

Teaching and Early Education Instructor

Mrs. Maxfield grew up in Saco and presently lives there with her husband. She attended UMO and graduated with a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education, and also received her teaching certificate at that time. Before coming here, she worked for 14 years at a local childcare program. Mrs. Maxfield is a qualified infant/child/adult CPR and first aid instructor. She attended UMF and graduated in 2017 with her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.