Teacher Education

  • Lead fun, educational activities for elementary, middle and high school students

  • Prepare a portfolio of sample curriculum and lesson plans for K-12 learners

  • Monitor and enhance a child’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical development

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Teachers shape the future one child at a time. In our Teacher Education program, students study how teachers create and manage healthy learning environments for K-12 children. As they explore a variety of careers in education, students practice the following skills:

  • Developing then delivering curricula and lesson plans
  • Supervising children and using positive reinforcement to guide their behavior
  • Communicating with parents about children’s activities, interests and progress
  • Performing infant and child CPR, as well as providing pediatric first aid

After studying the developmental characteristics of children at various ages, students team up to draft daily lesson plans based on short- and long-term curriculum goals. Under the supervision of staff, they present their lessons to schoolchildren at local public schools. Lesson activities may range from puppet shows and sing-alongs to science experiments and multimedia presentations.

Students learn how to record and analyze children’s academic progress, a habit that can help educators improve the effectiveness of their lessons, for example, or identify developmental problems. Passing a physical, obtaining federal and state clearances for working with children and securing letters of recommendation are required for the program.

Industry Credentials

Teacher Education students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • Child Development Associate-Ready Certificate
  • Infant and Child CPR Certification via American Red Cross
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pediatric First Aid Certification via American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

College Credits

The following schools have articulation agreements with LCTI that allow Teacher Education students to earn college credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

Career Pathways

with industry credentials:

  • Family child care provider
  • Child care assistant group supervisor
  • Nanny

with associate degree:

  • Child care center director
  • Preschool teacher
  • Teacher’s assistant

with bachelor’s degree:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Preschool director
  • Special education teacher


Teacher: Charlene Rarick-Knauss

Email: rarick-knaussc@mylcti.org

Teacher: Nikki Dinofrio

Email: stanleyn@mylcti.org

Counselor: Katrina Borgerding

Phone: 610-799-1370
Email: borgerdingk@mylcti.org

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Teacher Education program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Allentown School District
  • Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21
  • Catasauqua Area School District
  • East Penn School District
  • Northern Lehigh School District
  • Northwestern Lehigh School District
  • Parkland School District
  • Salisbury Township School District
  • Southern Lehigh School District
  • Whitehall-Coplay School District

Student Organizations

Teacher Education students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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Preparing all students for their personalized career pathway