With another semester under our belts and autumn looming much closer than you think, it is never too early to start thinking about classes to take in future terms. For the past few months, I’ve had the true pleasure to participate in one of the most impactful courses of my college career: ESCE 2189S, otherwise known as the First Education Experience Program (FEEP). This is a career exploration program for anyone considering a career in education; though it is required for many education majors, it is open as a GE to anybody. If you think you might want to be a teacher or school professional, this class is for you!
FEEP isn’t the type of class where you go to a lecture hall, sit down for 55 minutes, and scribble down some notes while trying not to fall asleep. In fact, the actual in-person class only meets seven times in the semester. The rest of your time will be spent in an actual classroom shadowing and working with a school professional in your desired field/subject. You’ll work with school staff members and students just like a real job! This program is incredibly beneficial in determining whether or not a career in education is right for you, as it provides 75 (or 108, depending on the enrollment option you select) hours of experience in the field.
Personally, I can not express what a wonderful experience this course was for me. Though I have always wanted to become a teacher, working alongside a middle school English instructor for the past few months certainly solidified this decision. If you are even SLIGHTLY considering a career as a teacher, school counselor, administrator, or other education profession, TAKE THIS CLASS! You seriously will not regret it! For more information on the course and how to register during an upcoming semester, check out this link. And please feel free to reach out to me if you would like to hear more about my personal experiences in the course! 🙂
I even got to coordinate a book drive for my school (English teacher nerd-out moment)!