JCPS Graduates Future Teachers

Students honored for completing education career pathways

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), in conjunction with the Spalding University College of Education, recently honored graduates who have completed the Fundamentals of Teaching and Early Childhood Education career pathways at Atherton, Fairdale and Seneca high schools.

The ceremony included the presentation of the nationally recognized Pre-Professional Assessment and Certification (Pre-PAC) in Education Fundamentals or Early Childhood Education to juniors and seniors in these programs. The Pre-PAC ensures that pre-professionals are prepared with the skills necessary for demanding career opportunities—providing a workforce that meets the needs of today’s economy.

As part of these programs, students study educational methods and develop effective communication as well as presentation skills. They have investigated learning styles, explored technology tools, examined learning standards, and tutored and mentored students. They also studied career options and postsecondary requirements for pursuing education-related careers.

The Education Career Academies began in the fall of 2002 as a School-to-Career initiative. These academies were designed to give students exploratory experiences in the career opportunities available to education professionals. In 2009, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recognized Fundamentals of Teaching as a Career and Technical Education Pathway under Family and Consumer Science.

In the upcoming school year, KDE is taking action to strengthen the teaching workforce by piloting the Teaching and Learning Career Pathway-Beta, because any road to a stronger future for education requires a new generation of highly skilled, empowered educators.

Courses could be taught by any teacher with a Rank II and five years of experience. JCPS is planning to expand the Teaching and Learning Pathway to Ballard, Moore and Southern high schools. Watch the awards celebration in the video player below.