TEACH-Teacher Education And Children's Health

TEACH-Teacher Education And Children's Health

Site: Beachwood High School
Two year program: grades 11-12

The T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Children’s Health) program prepares students to fill a vital role in the education and health of children. High school students receive the opportunity to teach and care for children in many different learning environments. The first year of the program stresses basic skills needed to work with children and the students are provided with the opportunity to actively be engaged with children at our laboratory schools.  In the second year, the students expand their experiences with opportunities to intern with children birth through school-age and other childhood professionals. Again, the students assume a different role in the classroom and gain knowledge and experience working with children. In related class, the students are involved in learning activities requiring higher order thinking skills where they create and implement many learning opportunities for children. Students also have the option to complete the Child Development Associate process with the guidance and support from their instructor as well as earn credits toward a degree in any career field related to Child Development.


  • Education: BS from Mercyhurst College in Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Kent State University – Career and Technical, Education and care; Master’s Degree-Cleveland State University in Educational Research.
  • Work Experience: Early Childhood Education Excel TECC (12 yrs); Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher for the Millcreek Township School District in Erie, PA. (1 yr) Career Pathways to Teaching Instructor for Lakewood City Schools. (2 yrs).
  • Hobbies: Raising my children (10, 8 and 5 yrs old), baking, reading, sewing and watching sporting events.
Mrs. Patti Krupinski

  • Education: Bowling Green State University-Bachelor's Degree, Elementary Education, Kindergarten-Eighth grade; Cleveland State University- Master's Degree, Early Childhood Education: Curriculum and Instruction; Kent State University-Career Technical, Education and Care; Ohio University- Reading Endorsement (PK-12).
  • Work Experience: Excel TECC Early Childhood Education Teacher (13 yrs), Kindergarten Teacher (7 yrs), Preschool Administrator (4.5 yrs), Business Owner of Child Enrichment Center (1.5 yrs), Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Early Childhood Education Licensing Specialist (2 yrs);
  • Professional Memberships: National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) member.
  • Hobbies: Baking, reading, shopping. 

TEACH-Teacher Education And Children's Health

Additional Information

Credits: 3 credits each year (2 Courses/yr-1.5 credits each)
The student will learn:
  • Infant Development
  • Toddler & Preschool Development
  • Building Guidance Skills
  • Guiding Art Experiences
  • Teaching Stories, Math, Science, Music
  • Guiding Children with Special Needs
  • Types of Early Childhood Programs
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Health & Safety
  • Certifications Necessary for Employment: First Aid, Communicable Diseases, Infant/Child CPR, Child Abuse Recognition & Prevention

       •    Infant and Toddler Education
       •    Early Childhood Education Principles
       •    Foundations of Education & Training
       •    Health, Safety and Nutrition

  • Lakeland Community College-up to 3 credits
  • University of Akron-up to 30 credits with CDA credential
  • CT2-8 sem credits/all OH public colleges 


  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • OCTF Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention 
  • ODJFS Communicable Disease Prevention for Childcare Personnel 
  • Pre–K Teacher
  • Child Care Director/Teacher
  • Middle/High School Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Intervention Specialist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Pediatric Speech/Hearing Therapist
  • Pediatric Physical/Occupational Therapist
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