FAQ

What makes Central Campus courses different from courses in my home school?
The Teacher Academy is the only program of its kind in the Des Moines Public Schools. As part of the Teacher Academy, students participate in substantial internships working with real students and teachers in real classrooms. Students are immersed in project-based learning that is relevant to their internships and future careers working with young people.

What will I do in courses at Central Campus?
In the Teacher Academy, we study the characteristics of effective teachers and about the teaching profession. Students work in real classrooms across the district and get hands-on experience with master teachers and their students.

What are the course requirements for enrollment?
There are no required course prerequisites for the Teacher Academy. Students must have a desire to work with young people. A 2.0 grade point average is required.

How many blocks do I need to schedule for this program?
Teacher Academy is a two-block program.

What careers will this program prepare me for?
Successful completion of the Teacher Academy gives students a detailed knowledge of options and opportunities in education careers, but also in other careers working with young people like social worker or counselor.

What type of credit can I earn?
Each semester, students earn 1.0 Elective high school credit. College credit is awarded through Des Moines Area Community College. Students can earn three or more college credits each semester.

What certifications will I earn?
Mandatory Reporter

Are field trips and study tours available?
The Teacher Academy tours several local schools and also participates in numerous college visits during the course of the year.

Are there internships or jobs available through this program?
All students participate in an extensive internship—exceeding 125 hours—over the course of the year.

What student organizations/competitions are available through this program?
At this time, there are no organizations or competitions available, but several options are being investigated for the future.