Suggested Elective Courses: Creative Writing, Public Speaking, College Writing, Dramatics, Psychology, Social Psychology, Sociology, Ethical Issues

Instructor: Lisa Clift

Contact: / 822-9499;287

Education Studies

The Education Studies program falls under the educating and training cluster and focuses on the planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related support services.  Examples of careers you may pursue from this program of study are Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, secondary, special education and CTE teachers or teacher assistants, preschool & child care program directors, child care assistants/workers, child life specialist, nanny, instructional physical trainers, psychologist, clinical development and social workers.

The Education Studies sequence of courses followed in this career path will prepare students to enter the field of education either through immediate employment or post secondary education to pursue careers as a teacher, teacher assistant, early childcare provider, daycare worker, or other.  Students will learn about the developmental stages of children from infancy to secondary grades as they learn about child care, prepare lesson plans,  and ultimately participate in school settings as teacher interns or daycare providers.  At the conclusion of this program, students will be prepared to take the Parapro Exam.  Students who successfully pass the Parapro exam may apply for certification as a teacher assistant at the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Students are encouraged to take Foundations in Education as a junior or senior, offered through the English Department to earn Rhode Island College Early Enrollment Credit (3 college credits).

Students can earn the following credentials:

  • Paraprofessional Certificate
  • Adult/Infant First Aid & CPR certification
  • Rhode Island College 3 EEP credits
  • Community College of Rhode Island 3 credits

This program of study is an approved teacher assistant program by the Rhode Island Department of Education. For a more comprehensive list of careers go to:

Please visit Mrs. Swain’s classroom website for more information: