Teaching Professions

Teachers help shape our nation’s future by educating our youth. Teaching Professions students work in established local preschool classrooms, elementary, and  middle schools  to help them gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in their chosen field. This program provides students with the coursework and internship hours to earn a Child Development Associate Credential or Youth Development Associate Certificate.

To complete all the required skills, high school students attend two and a half hours per day for two school years. Adults may complete in one year by attending five hours per day.

Program Instructor



Mrs. Ashley Dice has been a teacher and paraprofessional since 2013 and holds a valid teaching certificate in Missouri. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Missouri Western State University and additionally holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She began teaching at Northland Career Center in 2016. Mrs. Dice is passionate about education and hopes to instill a love for teaching and learning with Teaching Professions students.




  • Child development and observation
  • Child health, safety & nutrition
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Communicating with families
  • Managing and maintaining Early Childhood programs
  • Childcare regulations, laws & policies
  • Professional & leadership development
  • American Heart Assoc Infant/Child/Adult CPR/AED & First Aid

Dual and/or Articulated Credit

Program completers may earn 12 college credits through Missouri Western State University.

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Career Opportunities


Hourly Wage*

Average Salary*

Childcare Worker

$   8 - $ 13

$ 19,000

Preschool Teacher

$   9 - $ 17

$ 23,000


$   9 - $ 18

$ 27,000

Childcare Center Director

$ 12 - $ 25

$ 37,000

Middle School Teacher

$ 14 - $ 31

$ 41,000

Elementary School Teacher

$ 14 - $ 31

$ 43,000

* Occupational Outlook Handbook, Summer 2012 & May 2014