Educators Rising

Educators Rising is a program offered free of charge to students in grades 10-12 through a partnership with Carthage College and UW-Parkside. Educators Rising allows students interested in becoming an educator to earn up to 7 college credits while simultaneously earning high school credit.

There are two elective courses that must be taken in sequential order to advance through the program, with each one counting toward the total high school credit allotment. Courses are held virtually on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m.

Students who are interested in participating in this program should contact their high school counselor.

Course Progression

Course 1: Foundations of Education (UW-Parkside)

This course begins as an exploration of the teaching profession and the multiple roles of the teacher, where students will engage with peers, faculty, teachers, and students through authentic classroom experiences. Students will explore learning in and outside of formal schooling environments and examine how communities – including local, regional and national – can impact learning. Finally, students will discuss current topics in child and adolescent development with an emphasis on equity, culturally relevant pedagogy, and school environments and will clarify and analyze issues from diverse developmental contexts in conjunction with motivation, identity development, and educational achievement.

Course 2: Education Psychology and Assessment (Carthage College)

This course focuses on physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains of development and their application to the classroom and other educational settings. Students in the course will explore developmentally appropriate practices across different developmental levels including the science of learning and development, the importance of the classroom environments, and the teaching and development of content-specific knowledge. Students will learn the importance of family, culture, and community, the needs of diverse learners, and the support of children鈥檚 emotional and social well being as essential to the learning process.