Education & Leadership

Early Childhood Careers – Early Childhood Careers prepares students to work with children from infancy to 9 years of age. Students combine classroom instruction with practicum experiences in child care centers, Head Start programs, and elementary schools. Students complete the training required by the Iowa Department of Human Services for persons working in childcare centers. Students completing this program can find employment in childcare centers or may choose to further their studies in elementary or early childhood education.

Prerequisites: GPA of 2.0 or better, Child Development recommended.

Grades: 11-12

High School credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit as follows:

Year One:
ECE 103 Intro to Early Childhood Careers 3 credits (F)
ECE 130 Emergency Care 1 credit (F)
ECE 158 Early Childhood Curriculum I 3 credits (S)
ECE 133 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 credits (F)
ECE 281 Practicum 2 credits (S)
SDV 164 Electronic Portfolio 2 credits (S)
COM 703 Communication Skills 3 credits (S)

Year Two:

ECE 106 Child Dev. Assoc. Standards (F)

ADM 936 Occupational Skills (S)


The Teacher Academy – Teacher Academy is an experiential program where students learn first-hand what a career in upper elementary, middle school or high school education involves. Students enrolled in the program explore and prepare for a career working with these students by combining classroom instruction with extensive field experiences like tutoring at the middle school level, extensive field trips, classroom observations, internships with master teachers, and guest speakers who are experts in the field of education and education-related organizations. In addition, students visit the campuses of several colleges and universities to gain insight into the post-secondary option that is best for them. The Teacher Academy provides an excellent foundation and transition to college teaching preparation.

Prerequisites: GPA of 2.5 or better.

Grades: 11-12

High School credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit as follows:

Year One:
EDU 213 Introduction to Education 3 credits (F)
SDV 130 Career Exploration (F)
EDU 218 Initial Field Experience 2 credits (S)

SDV 164 Electronic Portfolio (S)

Year Two:
ADM 936 Occupational Experience (F)

ADM 221 Career Development Skills (F)

SDV 212 Co-Op Career Seminar (S)

ADM 259 Professional Development (S)

SDV 223 Co-op Casreer Seminar(S)
COM 703 Communication Skills 3 credits (S)

JROTC – Junior ROTC is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and selfdiscipline. JROTC’s focus is reflected in its mission statement, “Motivating Young People To Be Better Citizens.” The class prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation. Students will participate in a regular Physical Education class if they are taking JROTC.

Prerequisite: Completion of student application.

Grades: 9-10-11-12

High School credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

Early Bird block receives double the credit since they meet every day.


Urban Leadership 101

Course Objective

To provide students with in-depth knowledge regarding social movements shaping US History, equipping them with the leadership skills necessary to becoming change agents in their local communities.

Course Description

Urban Leadership 101 is committed to empowering students on their journey to becoming community -based activists and entrepreneurs. Based in the principles of hip-hop culture, students will engage in an in-depth study of social movements shaping History and urban settings across the United States. Through the use of various mediums such as the written ans spoken words, performance-based literacy, and oral history, we will establish an on-going entrepreneurial and philanthrophic platform for youth to become the leaders of today. This course includes one semester of Digital Media is one semester.