Education and Training Career Pathway

Instructor: Carol Caruso

What is Teach AL at the Madison County Career Technical Center?

Alabama's career pathway for high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in education


  • Must possess a high level of academic achievement and the personal characteristics found in quality teachers (AL State Department of Education)
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Fewer than 5 unexcused absences during the past school year
  • Zero discipline referrals during the past school year
  • Counselor recommendation

What Careers will I be preparing for?

  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Child Psychology
  • Social Worker
  • Day Care Owner
  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Educational Therapist
  • Technology Specialist
  • Curriculum Specialist

What will I study?

  • Effective Leadership
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Communication Skills
  • Care and Guidance of Children
  • Child Development: Prenatal through Adolescence
  • Planning Instruction
  • Learning Activities
  • Motivational Techniques
  • Professionalism
  • Meeting Children's Health and Safety Needs
  • Use of Educational Technology

What will I be doing?

  • Hands on training designed to make learning exciting
  • Regularly visit real classrooms that go hand and hand with the age level/subject of your choice
  • Create bulletin boards, grade papers, read with students, assist with projects, help with daily classwork and tutor struggling students
  • Work with a mentor teacher
  • Practice teaching!

Why enroll in Teach AL?

Due to the high percentage of teachers approaching retirement and the shortage of students enrolled in teacher education at the college level, there will be a high demand for teachers in the near future. Teach AL is here to provide you a solid foundation in order to further your education leading to a degree in education.

"A teacher affects eternity, he can never tell where his influence stops!" Henry Brooks Adam

A Life Decision by Corey Roden, Teach AL student, Fall 2014-2015

School. The one hardship we all must go through. If you asked your average teenager in High School, “Do you like school?” you’ll most likely get a big fat no. Luckily enough, I’m not the average High School teen. Every day I am one step closer to my career, education.

I am currently in the 11th grade at Buckhorn High School. I attend MCCTC for a teaching class. Four days a week I am with kids. Tuesday and Thursday I teach preschool. Wednesday and Friday I am with Kindergarten students at Riverton Elementary School. This class is honestly helped me a lot. It really locked in my decision of becoming a teacher in the future. Because of this class I have a reason to come to school and really enjoy it.

Last Wednesday I was at church. I was talking to a few friends when I saw a young girl come through the door. She regularly attends my church and she is a student at Riverton Elementary. As soon as she saw me, she ran full speed and hugged me shouting, “I missed you!” Her mother smiled at the precious sight of her child’s extreme happiness. The child then ran to her mother and said, pointing at me, “He’s a teacher at my school, Mommy!” The first semester isn’t even over and I’m already getting called a “teacher.” I could really get used to that.

I never thought that I’d want to become a teacher. Ever since I preached for the first time, people have told me that I am a great speaker and teacher. The suggestions of becoming a teacher sounded insane to me and I regularly pushed it out of my mind. Over the next year, I began to give it thought. I told myself, “Maybe this is what I want to do.”

I went to my first day of lab at Riverton not knowing what to expect. What I got gave me over the top joy. I made myself a little 6 year old buddy. My time was over for the day and I was saying goodbye to the kids. My little pal gets out of line and hugs me. He looked up to me with hopeful eyes and said, “You’re going to stay here a long time, right?” I nodded to him, “I’ll be here for a long while, yes.” I saw a sudden sadness in his face as he replied, “But not forever?”

It was from that moment and many life changing moments after that really made me think hard. There were no more doubts in my mind. I now think to myself, “This IS what I want to do.”