Course Syllabus

Teaching as a Profession I Syllabus 

Mrs. Newsome 



Phone: (704) 292-7662

Talking Points Class Code: ZPNBMF

Pre-Apprentice Application Information  - The application and information can be found here.

  Karen Adcock, Work-Based Learning Coordinator – 704-296-6366;

 Kim Hayward – CTE Academy Coordinator – 704-296-0721;

Course Description

Teaching as a Profession 1 is designed to introduce the teaching profession using the lens of structures and history. This class is created to give a broad picture of the requirements of a teacher in various instructional settings. Students will be provided classroom instruction as well as job shadowing experiences. 

This course was designed by the North Carolina University system. Students may receive college credit at participating universities. This is an honors level course.

Goals and Objectives

Understand the structure of schooling.

Understand the history of education.

Understand the science of teaching.

Understand the art of teaching.

Understand ethical teacher leadership.


Grading scale 

90-100 A

80-89   B

70-79   C

60-69   D

0- 59    F

Assignments will be scored out of a set of points that will then fall into the categories below. 

  • Assessments 50%
  • Classwork (Including discussion participation) 25%
  • Projects 25%


Office Hours

Tuesday 3:15 - 4:00 pm

Thursday 3:15 - 4:00 pm 

Other times by appointment. 


Resources & Online Learning Platform

The majority of assignments not completed on paper must be submitted on our learning platform,  Canvas.  Assignments can be submitted a variety of ways including, uploading files, typing into text boxes, and sharing Google documents/presentations.  Students will be shown how to submit assignments on Canvas as needed.  Individual assignments will indicate which method of submission on Canvas is expected.  If students need a refresher or have questions, they can access the Canvas Student Guide for specific instructions.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure assignments are submitted on time and to contact the instructor if there is a problem. Please note that student activity is logged while in Canvas so instructors will be able to see if the student opened the assignment, if there was any activity including a log of student activities during on-line tests and quizzes.  Students are not allowed to leave the testing window during assessments.  Doing so is considered cheating and will be handled as set forth in the Porter Ridge HS handbook.

NOTICE: Although many assignments are submitted and graded in our learning platform, Canvas, the "final" grades shown may not be properly weighted and do not contain assignments that were not graded in Canvas.  For the student's official grades, please continue to access the parent portal through Powerschool. Login information should be the same as last year. If you need assistance accessing the parent portal, please contact the school.”

Supplies Needed

  • 1 spiral notebook or composition book
  • Pencil and Pen 
  • Chromebook and charger 


Missing Work 

  • Students should notify the instructor as soon as an absence is planned to arrange make-up work. 
  • If a student unexpectedly missed class students should meet with the instructor as soon as returning to school. 
  • Typically students will have 3-5 school days (determined by the teacher) to turn in missed work due to the absence. 

Late Work 

  • All work should be submitted on the determined due date. 
  • If a student is absent on the due date, the assignment should be submitted on the date they return to school or on the arranged date with the teacher. 
  • Work that is just late, with no arrangements or excuses, will be deducted 2 points per day that the work is late. 


Major Assignments 

This course consists of daily discussion and activity grades. There is a course project that will be due at the end of the semester. This project consists of a written Educational Philosophy and a visual presentation. This project is a Performance Based Measure created by the state and must be passed to receive credit for the course. This course does not have a state final exam. 

Dress Code

During the semester students will be visiting local elementary and middle schools.  Students will be observing and teaching in these classes, students should dress for this opportunity. On these visits students are expected to follow the school dress code found in the student handbook plus: 

  • No shorts 
  • No pajama pants/sweatpants
  • Leggings are allowed with the appropriate top

If there are concerns about having the appropriate clothes, please contact Mrs. Newsome. 

School Visits 

Beginning approximately at week 4 of the semester students will be visiting elementary and middle school classrooms weekly. Students will travel as a group and walk to Porter Ridge Elementary School and Porter Ridge Middle School during their class period. Front office staff will be made aware of each visiting and when we leave and return to the building. Mrs. Newsome will contact families with schedule changes and reminders as much as possible. Please sign up for the Talking Points Group  for messages. Other field trips will be communicated and planned throughout the semester.

Course Summary:

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