Teaching Professions Magnet – Caddo Career & Technology Center
Course Syllabus - STAR Curriculum
The Teaching Professions Magnet at Caddo Career & Technology Center follows the
state-approved curriculum called STAR (Students Teaching and Reaching). The STAR
curriculum provides students with an insight into the nature of teaching and the critical
issues affecting the quality of education in America’s schools. Topics to be covered
include: the role of self-esteem, personal values, personality, and learning styles as
related to the learning process. The study of Emergenetics, a brain-based strategy for
thinking preferences, is also explored. The course investigates physical, cognitive, and
social-emotional stages from birth through adolescence. Students will study the history
of education and various types of school settings and how schools are governed. The
characteristics of an effective teacher are examined as well as management and
presentation techniques. Students will conduct formal and informal observations in a
variety of educational settings. This course allows students to have a variety of field
experiences in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms, working under the
supervision of master teachers. These experiences may include, but are not limited to,
the following: peer tutoring, tutoring, serving as an assistant to a master teacher,
planning and teaching lessons to a small or large group of students, planning and
developing learning centers, serving as laboratory assistants, etc. In addition, college
partners and other guest experts may offer enrichment experiences for students.
This elective course is a prerequisite for STAR II and is a full-year course. Students
can receive four Carnegie units toward high school graduation. Students receive
enriched credit, and if they meet certain criteria, they may receive dual enrollment
and/or articulated credit for Introduction to Education at the post-secondary level.
Requirements for Enrollment
Students must be an incoming junior or senior. They must have and maintain at least a
2.5 grade point average. They must complete the CC&TC application and have parental
consent. During the extended internship in the spring semester, students must be able
to provide their own transportation. Although students do not have to declare their
major as education, they should have a general interest in education and be willing to
work with children. All records will be screened by counselor and program coordinator
before admission is granted.
Students will be expected to meet the level of maturity necessary to enter the
educational workplace. Each student will be expected to master skill levels appropriate
for eventual placement in an internship with a master teacher in Caddo Parish.
Educational research, readings, discussions, and teacher-led activities will prepare each
student for actual field experiences in the classroom. STAR students will be expected
to master each of the goals listed below and have a working knowledge of how the
teaching profession relates to the overall educational system. Through exposure to all
aspects of teaching, students will be able to determine if teacher education is a viable
Student assessment will be based on a variety of evaluation techniques, including, but
not limited to, the following: Individual completion of reflection journals, career
portfolios, cameo lessons presented to classmates, state required observations, written
essays, note/organizational skills, extended field experiences, observations and
evaluations of student teaching, etc. Group assessment will include group discussions
and projects with both formal and informal assessment tools. Additional assessment
methods will be incorporated for culminating, capstone projects.
Students will be able to:
A. Demonstrate maturity necessary to function in elementary, middle, and high school
B. Fulfill the requirements of a very rigid, state required STAR curriculum which is
college prep and articulated to and dually enrolled with post-secondary colleges.
C. Complete a career portfolio, complete with state and school required components.
D. Examine the physical, cognitive, moral, and psychosocial developmental
characteristics of learners from birth through adulthood.
E. Identify and evaluate teaching strategies that will benefit learners with special
F. Understand themselves as individuals, learners, and community members.
G. Demonstrate various methods to deliver lessons creatively and effectively.
H. Analyze the effects of challenges faced by learners from diverse backgrounds.
I. Demonstrate respect for themselves and the diversity of those they will teach.
J. Research and discuss historical and current educational issues, policies, and
K. Research how schools are governed at the local, state, and national levels.
L. Apply their knowledge by observing, assisting, and teaching in an extended field
Major Course Projects
Students will be expected to:
A. Keep a working notebook of daily assignments, activities, and handouts.
B. Keep a Reflection (Journal) notebook for reflecting upon knowledge gained and
C. Prepare written essays related to curriculum guidelines.
D. Prepare a useable career portfolio with examples of best work throughout the year.
E. Master oral presentations in CC&TC classroom setting prior to presenting in area
F. Design, develop, and implement lesson plans.
G. Use Bloom’s Taxonomy to write behavioral objectives and to develop higher order
H. Observe and assist area teachers.
I. Complete five required observations: special education, high school, middle school,
early childhood, elementary.
J. Research a variety of educational concepts and develop presentations and visuals
based on research.
K. Complete service learning projects at CC&TC and in the community.
L. Complete a culminating, capstone project related to extended internship.
Caddo Parish Grading Scale
F– 0- 59
Please see course outline for complete topics throughout the year.
CC&TC Teaching Professions “Capstone” Project
In order to utilize information learned throughout the year and demonstrate knowledge
in the critical education areas, STAR students will complete a final course project. This
culminating project will be information gathered and activities performed during their
extended field experience, including a child-study on a child selected from their
Capstone Project Objectives
A. Students will maintain an internship binder which will include a time sheet,
observation log, narratives on daily activities, etc.
B. Students will actively participate in the day-to-day operations of internship
C. Students will plan at least one lesson, write a lesson plan, gather all materials for the
lesson, and teach the lesson under the supervision of their master teacher.
D. Students will choose a child in their classroom on which to complete the child study.
E. Students will write daily logs based on observation and interaction with the selected
F. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of developmental competencies
including norms for physical, mental, and social development.
G. Students will research developmental norms for areas of development.
H. Students will visually document all aspects of the internship by taking pictures
throughout their experience.
Other Capstone Project Products
A. Students will complete a written child study paper based on collected data. (The
final draft will be included in the career portfolio.)
B. Students will present on the overall field experience and the child study project
including displays of the data and visuals collected.
C. Students will collect appropriate visuals/manipulatives from the child’s work to be
included in the presentation.
D. Students will create a photo essay showcasing their experiences in the internship
Capstone Project Evaluation Areas
Internship Folder with all the required information ……………………. 20%
Lesson taught with lesson plan, materials, evaluation …………………… 20%
Child Study Paper…………………………………………………………………………………… 20%
Photo Essay……………………………………………………………………………………………… 20%