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Academy's Career Technical Education Pathways

Career Technical Education


A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to post-secondary education and careers.


Education, Child Development,and Family Services Sector

 The Education, Child Development, and Family Services sector provides students with the academic and technical preparation to pursue high-skill, high-demand careers in these related and growing industries. The sector encompasses four distinct, yet interrelated, career pathways: Child Development, Consumer Services, Education, and Family and Human Services. The Child Development pathway provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue careers in child care and related fields, and the Education pathway emphasizes the preparation of students to become teachers. The Consumer Services pathway gives students the employment and management skills needed in careers that involve helping consumers. The Family and Human Services pathway provides students with skills needed for careers related to family and social services. The standards are designed to integrate academic and career technical concepts. The anchor standards include Consumer and Family Studies comprehensive technical knowledge and skills that prepare students for learning in the pathways. The knowledge and skills are acquired within a sequential, standards-based pathway program that integrates hands-on projects, work-based instruction, and leadership development—for example, through FHA-HERO, the California affiliate of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Standards in the Education, Child Development, and Family Services sector are designed to prepare students for technical training, post-secondary education, and entry to a career.


MTCA Child Development Pathway


Program Description 

The Child Development pathway is designed to prepare students for professional or support positions in early childhood programs. Students study childcare rules and regulations, learning environments, principles of child development, trends and issues in early childhood education and classroom management techniques. Students can apply and practice their knowledge and skills at the local elementary schools. This is a two-year program and upon successful completion and satisfaction of minimum requirements, students may earn the Associate Teacher: Teacher - Certificate 1 and other Industry Recognized Certificates.


Course Sequence

     Child Development 1 - Introduction 

       Child Development 2 - Curriculum 

       Child Development Principles and Practice A/B