Career & Technical Education and Michael Berry Career Center

Aspiring Dearborn Educators (ADE)

These MBCC Education Careers courses are currently taught by teachers at the three high schools due to space requirements and are available to all Dearborn students in grades 10-12.

Instructor (FHS):
Ms. Fatima Al-Waely

This program focuses on general theory and practice of teaching and learning for students interested in pursuing a degree in education and a career in teaching.  It includes instruction in the basic principles of educational psychology; the art of teaching; the planning and administration of educational activities; school safety and health issues; and the social foundations of education.  Possible areas of concentration include teaching and training, professional support services, administration, and administrative support.

  • Education Careers Courses
    • Child Development
    • Child Guidance
    • Elementary Teacher Cadet (may be taken multiple semesters)

Education Careers Course Descriptions

CHILD DEVELOPMENT Academy of Human Services

This one-semester,two-hour block course is taught at MBCC. Students will learn to communicate and understand the growth and development patterns of children. Emphasis is placed on the importance of a strong parent-child relationship as an influence on the child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. This course will provide young people with the knowledge and training to become effective parents whenever they assume the responsibilities of that role in life. They will be exposed to the belief that every child should be wanted and planned for by the parents and that parents need to provide children with the best possible environment in which to grow and develop. Students are encouraged to join and compete in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

CHILD GUIDANCE Academy of Human Services

This one-semester, two-hour block course is taught at MBCC. Students will learn to recognize and encourage the development of young children. Emphasis will be placed on the critical role early childhood plays in human development. This course will provide young people with the training needed to play an effective role (parent, teacher, etc.) in a child’s life. Students will be required to complete very specific and challenging activities that will extend the classroom learning. This class will promote the value of careers in childcare and education. Students will produce a portfolio that will demonstrate their ability to work with children after being exposed to each of the six competency goals according to the CDA (Child Development Associate) credentialing program. The six goals are: 1) to establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment, 2) to advance physical and intellectual competence, 3) to support social and emotional development, 4) to establish positive and productive relationships with families, 5) to ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs, and 6) to maintain commitment to professionalism.

ELEMENTARY TEACHER CADET Academy of Human Services

This one-semester, one-hour block may be taken one or two semesters after students have successfully completed both Child Development and Child Guidance. Students will begin with classroom instruction at MBCC and eventually transition to a placement in an elementary classroom four days per week. This blended learning course provides real-world experience and is designed for students interested in community service and/or teacher preparation. Students will learn reading foundation skills. There is also an on-line learning component. Students will learn the essentials of reading pedagogy to facilitate elementary student’s reading proficiency. Students will apply reading foundation skills and pedagogy including small group instruction in the elementary classroom. Students will gain experience with employability skills: dress for success, communication, parent engagement. Students will maintain confidentiality with all aspects of the classroom experience. Students are encouraged to join and compete in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).