As a federally-recognized Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), the Future Educators Association (FEA) functions as a component of co-curricular programs for students interested in education-related careers. This important distinction means that FEA is a focused, integral, hands-on part of the school curriculum. Schools that offer a state-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of study can receive funds made available by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006. To learn more about CTSOs and Perkins funding, read this 5-question FAQ or download this article from the US Dept. of Education on CTSOs.
If you are interested in developing a state-approved CTE program of study for students interested in education-related careers, the Education & Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements, developed by the States' Career Cluster Initiative, can serve as a guide.
Examples of Programs of Study
These are excellent examples of what a state-approved CTE program should look like that are currently being used in the listed states.
Mississippi - Teacher Academy
Teacher Academy is a pathway for students in the Human Science, Art, and Humanities career cluster. This high school curriculum was written to incorporate the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education learning standards. The Teacher Academy curriculum includes three major units: Teachers as Professionals; Principles of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment; and The Learning Environment. It can be delivered as four one-Carnegie-unit courses or two two-Carnegie-unit courses.
For more information, including assessment blueprints and course outlines, download this full description of the Teacher Academy.
Teacher Academy (.doc/2.92 mb)
West Virginia - Careers in Education
This four-course program of study, known as "Careers in Education," was developed by the West Virginia Department of Education. The program is designed for high school students. Each course includes a description, standards, objectives, performance descriptors, and assessments.
If you have a state-approved program of study you would like to share, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.