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    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. 

Program Instructor

  • Dice
    Mrs. Dice has been a teacher since 2013 and holds a valid teaching certificate in Missouri. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Missouri Western State University and Master's of Science in Educational Leadership (K-12) from Northwest Missouri State University. She is continuing her education with Northwest and is pursuing her Education Specialist degree in Superintendency. Additionally, Mrs. Dice 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.
    "I am so excited to begin this amazing journey with your child and look forward to helping them live their dreams!"


    • Foundational elements of Teaching
    • Professional Educator Responsibilities
    • Curriculum and instruction
    • Classroom Climate and Behavior Management
    • Instructional Design and Delivery
    • Student Growth & Data Analysis
    • Collaboration with Stakeholders
    • Professional & leadership development
    • American Heart Assoc Infant/Child/Adult CPR/AED & First Aid

Dual and/or Articulated Credit

  • Program completers may earn 10 college credits through Missouri Western State University.

Career Opportunities



    Hourly Wage*

    Average Salary*

    Childcare Worker

    $  11.65

    $ 24,230


    $  11.65

    $ 24,230

    Preschool Teacher

    $  14.67

    $ 30,520

    Childcare Center Director

    $  23.89

    $ 49,690

    Middle School Teacher

    $  28.68

    $ 59,660

    Elementary School Teacher

    $  28.69

    $ 59,670

    * Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019