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Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM)

TEACHER ACADEMY OF MARYLAND (TAM)

Taught by Ms. Rochelle Harley - rharley@bcps.org

The Teacher Academy of Maryland is a Career and Technology Education (CTE) instructional program that aligns with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the Maryland Essential Dimensions of Teaching (EdoTs).  The program prepares students for further education and careers in the education profession.  The program consists of four high school credits that focus on teaching as a profession, human growth and development, learning theory, and curriculum and instruction.  These credits are designed to articulate to a Maryland post secondary teacher education program.  Upon completion of the program and passing the ParaPro and Praxis test, high school graduates are ready for employment in the teaching profession. 

Course 1:  Teaching as a Profession - 1 Credit
This course focuses on the profession of teaching – its history, purposes, issues, ethics, laws and regulations, roles, and qualifications.  Emphasis is placed on identifying the current, historical, philosophical and social perspectives of American education, including trends and issues.  Students will explore major approaches to human learning.  Students will participate in guided observations and field experiences in multiple settings to help them assess their personal interest in pursuing careers in this field and to identify effective learning environments.  Students will continue to develop the components of a working portfolio to be assembled upon completion of the internship.

Course 2:  Human Growth and Development through Adolescence - 1 Credit
This course focuses on human development from birth through adolescence.  Emphasis is placed on theories of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development, the effect of heredity and the environment, the role of caregivers and the family, health and safety concerns, and contemporary issues.  Students explore special challenges to growth and development.  Students will have opportunities for guided observation of children from birth through adolescence in a variety of settings to help students further understand theories of human development.  Students will begin to develop the components of a working portfolio to be assembled upon completion of the internship.

Course 3:  Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction - 1 Credit
This course explores curriculum delivery models in response to the developmental needs of all children.  Emphasis is placed on the development of varied instructional materials and activities to promote learning, classroom management strategies, and a supportive classroom environment.  Students will explore basic theories of motivation that increase learning.  Students will participate in guided observations and field experiences to critique classroom lessons in preparation for developing and implementing their own.  Students will continue to develop the components of a working portfolio to be assembled upon completion of the internship.

Course 4:  Education Academy Internship - 1 Credit
The internship is the culminating course of the Education Academy Program.  Students will have an opportunity to integrate content and pedagogical knowledge in an educational area of interest.  They will have an opportunity to extend and apply their knowledge about teaching in a classroom setting under the supervision of a mentor teacher.  The students will complete their working portfolio and present it for critique.

Upon completion of the program and passing the ParaPro and Praxis test, high school graduates are ready for employment in the teaching profession. This program is based on the outcomes of the Maryland Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree, which aligns with the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) standards.