Education and Leadership Strand

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     Are you the kind of person who likes to help people? Would you describe yourself as empathetic? Are you looking for a program that challenges you and helps you develop as a leader? The Education and Leadership strand is for anyone wishing to pursue a career that allows them to help others, with a focus on children.

      This includes, but is not limited to, careers such as a counselor, psychologist, social worker, therapist, and teacher.  In addition to either Early Childhood or Teacher Cadet, students in this strand will start off by taking a leadership course their freshman year and AP Psychology their sophomore year.  By their Junior year, students will have chosen to follow the path of Early Childhood or Teacher Cadet.  Students will go out into the community and work with children at a daycare or a local school.

    At SG we are always working to make our programs even better, and we are currently planning for some exciting enhancements to this program that will benefit the students in the Education and Leadership strand.



    Parenting and Child Development

    Parenting and Child Development introduces students to responsible nurturing and basic applications of child development theory.  Emphasis is on the parents' responsibilities and the influences they have on children while providing care and guidance.  Students will gain an understanding of the physical, emotional, social and intellectual changes in the family beginning with pregnancy and continuing through the school age child.

     Early Childhood Education I

    Early Childhood Education is about the process of teaching and learning through hands on experiences.  They will study the developmental stages of children birth through age 8.  Students are required to develop age appropriate lesson plans and present these lesson plans to their fellow students for evaluation and to the children enrolled in the child care centers and elementary schools.

     Early Childhood Education II

    Early Childhood Education II continues the instruction from Early Childhood Education I and includes advanced studies of early childhood, birth through age 8.  Students receive instruction in child care pertaining to teaching methods, career development, program planning and management, health and safety issues, entrepreneurship skills and technology.  Students will complete extensive in depth assignments including research, reflective practice, analytical thinking and technology skills to enhance studies, extend research and assist them in professionally displaying their work.

    The North Carolina Teacher Cadet Class is designed for students who are interested in the field of education. The curriculum is divided into four units:  The Learner, The School, The Teacher and Teaching, and Culminating Activities. It is also designed to teach students about different personality types, learning styles, and development-physical, social, and moral.

    Teacher Cadet I

    Teacher Cadet I is an introduction to the profession of education.  Students focus on the nature of the K-12 learner, including exceptional children, the process and methods of teaching, the nature of schools and schooling, and the issues regarding the transformation of education.  Students will also participate in a service learning project either at an elementary or middle school. 

    Teacher Cadet II

    Teacher Cadet II is an extension of the principles discussed and taught in Teacher Cadet I.  Students delve deeper into the topics covered in Teacher Cadet I:  The Learner, The School, The Teacher and Teaching, and Culminating Activities.  Students will also engage in an extended field experience and participate in a service learning project either at an elementary or middle school. 


    AP Psychology

     AP Psychology students engage in a systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental process of human beings, as well as the personality and cognitive abilities.  Students also learn about psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with psychology and psychological methodology.  



    If you are part of the Education Strand the following is what a typical schedule will look like.



    H Math II or H Math III

    H Civics

    H Biology

    H English I

    Health/ PE

    Foreign Language I





    H Math III or H Precalculus 

    H or AP World History

    H Chemistry

    H English II

    AP Psychology 

    Early Childhood Development

    Foreign Language II




    H Precalculus or AP Calculus

    H American History 1 & 2 or AP US History

    AP Biology or AP Chemistry or H Physics

    H or AP English III

    Teacher Cadet I or Early Childhood I




    AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC or AP Statistics

    H or AP Earth/Environmental Science

    H or AP English IV

    Teacher Cadet II or Early Childhood II




    For more information


    on the Education Strand Contact 


    Brooke Thompson (Early Childhood)


     Elizabeth Rodgers ( Teacher Cadet)