Education & Training Cluster


The Education and Training Career Cluster includes planning, managing, and providing education and training services as well as related learning support services. Polk County College & Career Academy offers the Teaching as a Profession Pathway. Students will combine their knowledge of teaching strategies, technology,  instructional planning, and curriculum performance standards with their observation experiences, interaction with students, and issues in education to complete a capstone course concluding in a practicum.



-Meet Our Instructors-



Mrs. Alyson Reaves is the instructor for the Education Cluster  at Polk County College & Career Academy.  She graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family & Consumer Science Education in 2000. In 2008, she graduated from Grand Canyon University earning her Master of Science in Secondary Education.



-Pathway Offerings-

(Each pathway is a sequence of three courses that must be completed in the order indicated.)

Teaching As A Profession

-Examining the Teaching Profession

-Contemporary Issues in Education

-Teaching as a Profession Practicum



-Course Descriptions-

Examining the Teaching Profession: The Examining the Teaching Profession is the foundational course under the Teaching as a Profession pathway and prepares students for future positions in the field of education. Teaching as a Profession students study, apply, and practice the use of current technologies, effective teaching and learning strategies, the creation of an effective learning environment, the creation of instructional opportunities for diverse learners and students with special needs, and plan instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, students, community, and curriculum performance standards. Pre-requisite for this course is adviser approval.


Contemporary Issues in Education: This course engages the candidate in observations, interactions, and analyses of critical and contemporary educational issues. The candidate will investigate issues influencing the social and political contexts of educational settings in Georgia and the United States and actively examines the teaching profession from multiple vantage points both within and outside of the school. Against this backdrop, the candidate will reflect on and interpret the meaning of education and schooling in a diverse culture and examine the moral and ethical responsibilities of teaching in a democracy. (Mastery of standards through project based learning, technical skills practice, and leadership development activities of the career and technical student organization Future Educators of America (FEA) will provide students with a competitive edge for either entry into the education global marketplace and/or the post-secondary institution of their choice to continue their education and training).


Teaching as a Profession Practicum: The practicum offers a candidate in the Teaching as a Profession career pathway a field experience under the direct supervision of a certified teacher (mentor teacher). The practicum stresses observing, analyzing and classifying activities of the mentor teacher and comparing personal traits with those of successful teachers. The candidate intern will develop a portfolio of their skills, plan and teach a lesson or lessons, understand and practice confidentiality as it pertains to the teaching profession, meet the needs of students with special needs, maintain the safety of the students, practice professionalism, and demonstrate ethical behavior.