Teacher Academy

Teacher Academy

The Teacher Academy is a program designed for students planning to major in education at a post-secondary college or university after high school. The goal of this program is to give students hands-on experience in the classroom and a solid foundation in the world of education so they confidently enter collge and pursue their advanced degree.
Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, Teacher Academy classes will be held at Edison State Community College, adjacent to the Upper Valley Career Center.

Hands-On Education

In the Classroom

  • Observation and participation hours
    • Spend three days weekly in area elementary, middle, or high schools
    • Help students and assist teachers
  • Receive instruction in child and adolescent development
    • Learn theory, techniques, classroom management
  • Visit: Urbana University, Miami University, Capital University, and Sinclair Community College
  • Participate in Educators Rising State Competitions

Skills for the Future

  • College prep skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Develop a professional portfolio to document achievements and experiences 
  • Classroom management, lesson planning, and designing a productive learning environment
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Time management
  • Philosophies, foundations, and theories of education


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Teacher Academy (TA) and Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) programs?

  • Teacher Academy has a focus on K-12 education for the college-bound student. Observations are completed outside of the Career Center, in public school settings. The ECEC program has a focus on the care and education of children in their preschool years. 

What do you do on a daily basis? 

  • Monday, Wednesday, and half of Friday we are in our classroom learning and preparing lessons
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and the other half of Friday we are in public school classrooms working with students and teachers, teaching lessons, and learning hands-on skills that teachers need


  • Mondays and Fridays seniors are in the classroom learning content and preparing lessons and presentations, and working on their senior portfolio
  • On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, seniors are out in public school classrooms working with teachers and students on many different levels

Can I still take some classes at my home school or Edison?

  • The TA schedule can accommodate academic classes (such as Math, English, Government, Choir) to be taken elsewhere. If you are a junior, you will have TA lab in the morning and then are free to take academics wherever you choose in the afternoon. If you are a senior, you will take your academics in the morning and then take TA in the afternoon.

Please contact your school counselor to discuss the available options for completing your academic classes, if you choose to complete somewhere besides the Career Center.

What will I learn in Teacher Academy? 

  • You learn so many aspects of education and development.
  • You will learn about theories and philosophies of education.
  • You will learn how to make lesson plans (and then you will make them and teach them. You will do projects and  hands on work as much as possible.
  • You will learn about how children develop and become learners and citizens.
  • You will also learn a lot about yourself as a learner and a leader in the class (genius hour and growth mindset).

Career Opportunities

  • Pre-k, Elementary, middle, or high school teacher
  • Speech pathologist
  • Guidance counselor
  • Special education teacher
  • Occupational therapist
  • School psychologist
  • Curriculum director
  • Principal
  • Superintendent

Occupational Outlook

  • Ohio average salary $57,000 (2016-17 stats)  nces.ed.gov
  • Overall employment for K-12l teachers is projected to grow 7-8% from 2016 to 2026, which is average for all occupations
  • During this same period, a significant number of teachers will reach retirement age, creating job openings
  • Opportunities are especially available is the areas of math, science, English as a second language, and special education
    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, High School Teachers

Prerequisites for Admission

  • A college prep student with at least a 2.5 GPA
  • 95% or better attendance
  • Counselor recommendation
  • On track to graduate

Students with a GPA less than 2.50 MAY apply with counselor/teacher/principal recommendation.

College Credits

Students who successfully complete Teacher Academy and obtain a score of 85 or higher on the Tech Prep Teaching Professionals Portfolio can transfer course credit 3 semester hours to any state institution of higher learning.
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Flexibility with academic class scheduling
  • College Credit Plus

Education at Edison

Edison State Community College has articulation agreements with several universities in Ohio. Students work closely with an Edison State advisor to ensure the correct courses are taken for each transfer school.  
Common courses towards all K-12 majors and all transfer schools include:
  • COM 121S: Fundamentals of Communication
  • EDU 111S (Teacher Academy)
  • EDU 213S: Exceptionalities
  • EDU 226S: Educational Psychology
  • ENG 121S: Composition I
  • ENG 122S: Composition II
  • PSY 121S: Introduction to Psychology
  • HUM 121S: Introduction to Humanities

K-3 Majors only:

  • ECE 115S: Introduction to Child Development

Programs of Study at Edison

Associates of Arts in Education
  • Early Childhood Education (K-3)
  • Special Education or Intervention
Associates of Arts or Associates of Science in Education
  • Middle School Education (4-9)
    • Two focus areas from: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
  • Secondary Education (7-12)

Our Instructors

Biffy Nutter, Main Campus
[email protected]
937.778.1980  x260

Rebecca Kleinhenz, Troy High School Satellite
[email protected]

Edison Community College Advisors

Elisha Hicks, Education Coordinator/Associate Professor of Education
[email protected]

Amanda Bylczynski, K-12 Transfer Advisor/Associate Professor of History
[email protected]


All students in the Teacher Academy program are members of the UVCC chapter of Educators Rising.
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