Teaching can be one of the most rewarding and respected careers available to date. The Academy of Urban Educators (AOUE) can help you advance to your dream of being a teacher by showing you the fundamentals of being an educator. There is simply nothing quite like seeing someone’s face light up with understanding when you’ve successfully communicated an idea to them that they were not able to grasp before. AOUE can be the starting place you need to make your dreams a reality.





The AOUE begins with a class in Career Preparedness. This course will give you the tools and knowledge you need to succeed for sophomore, junior, and senior year. Course content spans from college and career preparation to computer literacy skills to ways to manage personal finances and reduce personal risk. Students will use and learn various technologies throughout course instruction. As a part of preparing you to be college and career ready, this course also equips you with the skills needed for business and industry, college, and lifelong learning.


In your second year, you are introduced to the basics in the Education and Training course. The course content includes characteristics of effective teachers, the role of the teacher, communication skills, technology, and careers. You will participate in the extended classroom Bridging the Gap Program and Career Development Conference on Networking sponsored by Birmingham Education Foundation. Over the course of the year, you will have the opportunity to learn how education works at sites such as McWane Science Center, Birmingham Flight Museum, Art Museum of Birmingham, the Birmingham Board of Education, and one of the local universities. At the end of the year, you will also participate in a conversation with current college students majoring in education and hear about their time as education majors in college.


In your third year, the Teaching I course material becomes more complex as we dig deeper into techniques learned in the Education and Training course. Course content includes topics such as funding sources, budget preparations, legal aspects, teaching and learning theories, curriculum development, community resources and services, scope and sequence charts, lesson plans, testing, and grading. Over the course of the year you will begin observing teachers at Parker High School, attending more in depth college visits, and attend the Interview Skills Career Development Conference. The conference and pre-sessions will prepare you for resume drafting, dressing professionally, managing your social media, and mock interviews. During the summer after your junior year, you will have the opportunity to participate in an Academy Internship where you begin to apply what you’ve learned in a real-world setting.


In your final year, the Teaching II course picks up where Teaching I and Education and Training left off. Teaching II course content provides students with advanced knowledge and skills used in the education field. Over the course of the year, you will not only observe teachers at Parker High School, you will have the opportunity to branch out to local elementary and middle schools. You will also have the opportunity to participate in college education classes at local colleges and attend the Public Speaking Career Development Conference. This conference and pre-sessions will prepare you for audio/visual, presentation skills, and developing your personal elevator pitch.