Pathways to Teaching (P-TEACH)

Pathways to Teaching (P-TEACH)

The P-TEACH Program introduces St.Vrain high school students to a career as an educator by offering a variety of concurrent enrollment courses. Students can earn credit through the University of Colorado Denver, as well as participate in a variety of enrichment activities such as field trips to the UC Denver School of Education and Human Development.  Opportunities for paid externship with the SVVSD Community Schools program are also available.

Course Offerings

P-TEACH: Introduction to Early Childhood Education: PS470: Fall 

  • Open to 10-12th graders
  • One semester elective – 0.5 credit
  • Concurrent Enrollment CU – Denver (3 College Credits) 

This course provides an overview of the early childhood profession and the philosophical and historical foundations of services to young children and their families. State and national trends, resources and standards for early childhood care and education, professionalism, and code of ethical conduct are examined. Key areas of ECE professional knowledge are introduced: developmental domains and milestones, developmentally appropriate practice, evidence–based practice and intentional teaching, curriculum models, guidance strategies, family and community relationships, diversity and inclusion, and the leadership skills and organizational climate to support quality early care and education work settings. 

P-TEACH Language, Power and Identity: PS474 Fall 2021, Fall 2023 (Alternates with Child Guidance)

  • Open to 10-12th graders
  • One semester elective – 0.5 credit
  • Concurrent Enrollment CU – Denver (3 College Credits)

This course explores the relationship between language, identity, and power in various educational and international contexts. Curriculum includes a survey of race, ethnicity,  gender, media, criminal justice, and the creation of safe, engaging  and inclusive spaces for teaching/supporting children. The course considers how legacies of inequality for particular communities are reflected in societal attitudes about languages and language users and subsequent language planning.

P-TEACH: Early Field Experience: PS473: Fall and Spring

  • Open to 10-12th grader
  • One semester elective – 0.5 credit
  • Concurrent Enrollment CU – Denver (3 College Credits)

This field experience and seminar is designed to support your first foray into educator preparation. You will be introduced to the wide array of skills  and practices that support working effectively with youth in the context of their local community. Working within the community to support children’s academic and social development requires a disposition of being grounded in the community—the experiences of this seminar, paired with your work at a local school or community organization will help you to develop this grounding.

P-TEACH: Internship: CTE9999: Fall and Spring (.05- 1 credit)

  • Open to 9- 12th graders
  • One semester elective- 0.5 credit

Students are eligible to participate in an education specific internship in the P-TEACH pathway of their choice. Internships may be either paid or unpaid depending on qualifications and experience. Students may earn up to 1 elective credit for every 60 hours spent on the internship. Internship opportunities are individualized to match the interests and experience level of students. Current internship opportunities range from Community Schools, PreK, Elementary, or Secondary, Music, Art, SPED, Speech, Coaches, etc… For questions please email: howenstein_wendy@svvsd.org

P-TEACH Child Development: PS471: Spring 2022, Spring 2024 (Alternates with STEM Methods)

  • Open to 10th – 12th Graders
  • One Semester Elective – 0.5 Credit
  • Concurrent Enrollment CU – Denver (3 College Credits)

This course focuses on the study of human growth, development and ecology from conception to adolescence. The emphasis is on the major theories of child growth and development and the implications of current research findings to better understand child development. For questions please email: howenstein_wendy@svvsd.org

P-TEACH Understanding Disabilities: PS475: Spring 

  • Open to 10th – 12th Graders
  • One Semester Elective – 0.5 Credit
  • Concurrent Enrollment CU – Denver (3 College Credits)

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to special education and the needs of students who have disabilities. It includes introductory material regarding legal and historical foundations of special education, human growth and development, the nature of disabilities, and an introduction to the basic human needs that must be addressed. For questions please email: howenstein_wendy@svvsd.org

P-TEACH STEM Methods: PS476: Spring 2021, Spring 2023 (Alternates with Child Development)

  • Open to 10th – 12th Graders
  • One Semester Elective – 0.5 Credit
  • Concurrent Enrollment CU – Denver (3 College Credits)

The STEM Methods course is a framework-based class where students will develop a strong understanding of the STEM for All framework, focusing on integration, innovation, essential skills, personalization, adaptation and connection. This framework will support the development of a STEM mindset, and by learning these processes, students will create STEM-aligned lesson plans for any content or grade.  Students will use these skills to plan and carry out their own STEM-aligned lessons. For questions please email: howenstein_wendy@svvsd.org

P-TEACH Child Guidance: PS474 : Spring 2021,  Fall 2023, Fall 2025 (will Alternate with Language, Power and Identity)

  • Open to 10th – 12th Graders
  • One Semester Elective – 0.5 Credit
  • Concurrent Enrollment CU – Denver (3 College Credits)

This course explores and applies classroom strategies to promote social competence, build classroom community and facilitate emotional regulation. An emphasis is on understanding development within group contexts, observing children’s behavior and engaging with families to make decisions about learning. For questions please email: howenstein_wendy@svvsd.org

For Pathways Seniors we offer college credit for Freshman College Math and English

P-TEACH English 121 Fall and 122 Spring (6 college credits)

P-TEACH  Math 121 Fall (3 college credits)

For questions please email: howenstein_wendy@svvsd.org

Pathways

Four Education Pathways are available through the program.

P-TEACH students holding #coschoolsproud signs

Early Childhood & Elementary Pathway (begins Spring 2019)

Spring 2019

  • Early Childhood Education as a Profession
  • Field Experience & Seminar

Fall 2019

  • Language, Power & Identity
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Field Experience

Spring 2020

  • Child Development
  • Child Guidance

Early Childhood Education Pathway (begins Fall 2019)

Fall 2019

  • Language, Power & Identity
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Field Experience

Spring 2020

  • Child Development
  • Child Guidance

Fall 2020

  • Early Childhood Education as a Profession
  • Field Experience & Seminar

Spring 2021

  • STEM Methods
  • Internship in Education 

SPED or CLD/Bilingual Pathway (Begins Fall 2019)

Fall 2019

  • Language Power & Identity
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Field Experience

Spring 2020

  • Child Development
  • Child Guidance

Fall 2020

  • Early Childhood Education as a Profession
  • Field Experience & Seminar

Spring 2021 (Optional)

  • STEM Methods 
  • Internship in Education 

STEM (Math, Science & Engineering Pathway (Begins Fall 2019)

Fall 2019

  • Language, Power & Identity
  • Introduction to Special Education

Spring 2020

  • Child Development
  • Child Guidance

Fall 2020

Early Childhood Education as a Profession

Field Experience & Seminar

Spring 2021 

  • STEM Methods
  • Internship in Education

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