Career Center - Schoolhouse Teachers

Career Center

There are many skills that can be learned in high school that will help prepare you to fulfill the unique calling God has placed on your life. We’ve pulled a few careers and key classes together on this page as a quick reference guide to help you get started, but the options and opportunities are endless. If you use a class not listed here that you feel is key in developing career-related skills, let us know! Email Director Bonnie Rose Hudson at bhudson@theoldschoolhouse.com. Keep watching as we add new classes and careers to this list.

General Classes Applicable to Many Careers

Advanced Public Speaking: This is an eighteen-week class designed for students who want to gain more instruction in public speaking and the evaluation of speeches. This course requires the student to study various types of speeches and both write and deliver several of his or her own. It is recommended that the student complete the Introduction to Public Speaking class before moving into this class, as it will build on some of the concepts learned.

Business Plan Creation: This course is designed to enable young entrepreneurs to create thorough, accurate, and complete business plans. It is an in-depth course designed to be taken at the student’s own pace. Printable and video instruction are included, as well as a number of supplemental resources.

Career Exploration: Carol Topp of HomeschoolCPA.com teaches an eight-week course designed to help your student consider the world of career possibilities. From seeking God’s will and inventorying their talents to understanding career clusters and job shadowing, Career Exploration helps your teens prepare for whatever future God has designed for them.

Foundations for Teens: Why did Jesus say He is the only way to God? Did He really do the things the Bible claims? Why should we trust the Bible? These are only a few of the questions Foundations for Teens addresses in an engaging and thought-provoking way. This series of thirty-seven videos asks the hard questions and considers well-reasoned answers.

Leadership 101: What is a leader? What makes a leader great? What must every leader be constantly aware of if he or she desires to lead with excellence? Leadership 101 takes an in-depth look at leadership with over 10 hours of inspiring videos from some of today’s top leaders and hundreds of thought-provoking study questions.

LibreOffice Writer Basics: LibreOffice is free word processing software that meets many needs in both the home and in numerous places of employment. LibreOffice Writer Basics introduces students to installing the program, the toolbars, list formatting, headings, images, shapes, and fonts. Video instruction and printable assignments are included.

Public Speaking (Introduction): Homeschool and recent Biola University graduate Rebekah Bell has excelled as a young public and debate speaker in national competitions. This five-month introductory course teaches the basics of public speaking and the several types of speeches.

Starting a Micro Business (For Teens): Carol Topp’s second eight-week class with SchoolhouseTeachers.com, Starting a Microbusiness (for Teens), looks at what can be learned from starting a micro business, how to find your ideas and make a business plan, how to market your business, and more.

Accountant

Accounting 101 is designed to equip students with the mastery of accounting fundamentals they will need to be prepared for their college classes while presenting these concepts in easy-to-digest ways. Its goal is to help students appreciate the state of the industry and the world of finance as a whole in such a way as to be able to operate from a Christian worldview to effect positive change if they choose an accounting or other business career. Concepts are presented in units, with each unit being broken down into weekly lessons.

Art-Related Careers

Take a look at all of our Art classes!

Introduction to Architecture with Tammie Bairen is a thirty-six week class that discusses some basic components of architecture as well as various structures including skyscrapers, bridges, cathedrals, homes, castles, and sports arenas. Students will learn about various aspects of each structure, including the marvel of its inception at that particular point in history, its function, the architects (where applicable) responsible for its creation, and the science behind its stability.

Image Creation and Editing will teach students the basics of how to edit and manipulate an image. The class will use the free software GIMP, which is similar to Adobe Photoshop but available online as a free download. This class will not only teach students the basics of how to use image editing software but also what kinds of effects can be applied to digital photographs, how various editing features work, and ways to find just the right tool to bring out the best in every photograph.

Introduction to Graphic Design is an excellent guide to the basics of graphic design for your middle school and high school students. It will teach students how to recognize quality graphic designs in the products they see and interact with every day, what makes certain designs stand out, how to design an eye-catching ad that communicates a specific message to a target audience, and what types of jobs are available for graphic designers today.

Photography: Michele Peterson’s thirty weekly lessons teach students how to see the way their camera “sees” and then to use that knowledge to create a recipe for the perfect picture.

Graphic Designer

Image Creation and Editing will teach students the basics of how to edit and manipulate an image. The class will use the free software GIMP, which is similar to Adobe Photoshop but available online as a free download. This class will not only teach students the basics of how to use image editing software but also what kinds of effects can be applied to digital photographs, how various editing features work, and ways to find just the right tool to bring out the best in every photograph.

Introduction to Graphic Design is an excellent guide to the basics of graphic design for your middle school and high school students. It will teach students how to recognize quality graphic designs in the products they see and interact with every day, what makes certain designs stand out, how to design an eye-catching ad that communicates a specific message to a target audience, and what types of jobs are available for graphic designers today.

Digital Art and Product Designs for Small Businesses: This digital art course introduces students to the world of possibilities for putting their artistic and creative skills to work online in any number of fields. The course covers rules governing images, where to find them, how to edit and manipulate images, fonts and word art, logos and banner ads, images for social media branding, product design, and more.

Film-Related Careers

Filmmaking: Director/Producer/Co-Writer of Advent Film Group, George Escobar offers thirty-three weekly lessons which take a detailed look at various aspects of the Christian filmmaking industry, including choosing the right camera, lighting, audio, production and post-production, and finding God’s stories.

Internet-Based Careers

Digital Art and Product Designs for Small Businesses: This digital art course introduces students to the world of possibilities for putting their artistic and creative skills to work online in any number of fields. The course covers rules governing images, where to find them, how to edit and manipulate images, fonts and word art, logos and banner ads, images for social media branding, product design, and more.

Internet Entrepreneurship for Teens: Do you have a teen who is itching to start his or her own business? Do you have a child who loves to dream big and reach for the stars? We would love to introduce you to Dana Beasley and her class—Become an Internet Entrepreneur! Twenty-four weekly lessons help your teen learn how to start and promote a business and learn timeless business principles. Whether your teen actually starts his own business during this course or creates a mock business, he should be prepared to discover brand new ways to explore his God-given passions and purpose.

Lawyer

Mock Trial: More than two dozen units are available in this ongoing course taught by attorney, wife, and homeschool mom Deborah Burton. Lessons are designed to help students learn about the law and participate in their own mock trials. Teacher helps are provided; new units are added monthly.

Logic: Lisa Duffy’s fifteen-week course teaches students how to identify common fallacies such as the appeal to pity, appeal to fear, begging the question, hasty generalization, and many more.

Constitution and Bill of Rights: This class about the Constitution and Bill of Rights is taught by Attorney Kevin Smith, a husband and father who works with the Alliance Defending Freedom as well as operates his own law firm. Sixteen weekly lessons contain analysis and study of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, prompts for independent study, term paper assignments, and exams. A Teacher’s Handbook and answer key is included.

Medicine-Related Career

Explore all of our Health and Fitness classes!

Advanced Chemistry: This advanced chemistry course covers all the basic topics of general chemistry. As an advanced course, it is suitable for grades 11-12 and would be best appreciated by a student who has already had a basic introduction to chemistry. This course includes approximately 25 hours of video instruction, supplemental readings, extensive practice exercises, and answer keys.

Biology: Whether your children are taking biology because they can’t get enough science or because mom said they had to, Ruth Sundeen loves the challenge of making science fascinating, even for students who don’t consider themselves “science people.” This full-year biology course provides weekly lessons covering a wide range of topics including field study, animal kingdoms and classification, cellular reproduction, ecosystems, the Creation vs. evolution debate, and more. This course is taught from a Creationist worldview.

General Biology by Core Academy: This is a general high school biology course. The first semester includes a special introduction to science, human biology, ecology, and zoology. In the second semester, students will learn about botany, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, and origins. This course includes approximately 25 hours of video instruction, supplemental readings, and answer keys. A Christian, creationist worldview informs the lessons where appropriate.

Life Science: This full-year high school science course studies the basic topics of life science including the scientific method, molecules, organic and inorganic compounds, cell structure and function, cell division, plant and animal tissue, support and transportation systems in plants and animals, biospheres and ecosystems, biodiversity, and classification.

Museum/Historian Work

Fashions in History is a multi-level multidisciplinary study for young ladies, focusing on women and children’s fashions from the 18th century to 1910. In addition to readings on the main topic, the study contains optional readings on dolls and 19th-century culture for students of all levels, conversations about museum and archival topics, historic needlework, historic recipes, coloring pages, practice in computer skills, vocabulary, clothespin-doll-making projects, and a short course in hand-sewing and embroidery. Any part of this curriculum may be used to supplement a regular history or home economics course, or it may be used as an elective course.

Pastor

So You Want to Be a Pastor: This incredible video course is a great resource for high schoolers who feel called into the ministry. The course is divided into five sections and covers topics including being a new pastor, dealing with conflict, building confidence in your leaders, ministering to families, discipling, global missions, and much more. It includes more than 300 video clips totaling over 22 hours of content and includes more than 1,000 study questions.

Social Justice: Caution, this class may blow your mind! Join Kurt Hoffman, founder of the Young Heroes Academy, for a sixteen-week course that helps students understand the reality of modern-day slavery, some of the causes fueling it, and what they can do to be a part of stopping it. Material is presented carefully and avoids unnecessarily graphic or detailed descriptions.

Church History begins with the foundations of the church in the Old Testament and continues through to the present day. Weekly text-based lessons are each broken into four daily assignments and will involve adding dates to timelines, making maps, reading works from all periods of history, and short-answer writing to provoke thought and deeper comprehension while students read.

Drive Thru History: Ancient History: Explore more than 2,500 years of history with host Dave Stotts as he takes you on a whirlwind tour of ancient history with a special focus on Rome, Greece, Turkey, and Byzantium. Visit the Forum, the Parthenon, Mars Hill, Corinth, Istanbul, and so much more! Plus, enjoy a special set of worksheets available only on SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

This Changed Everything: This video series is about the Protestant Reformation.

Christian Values in J.R.R. Tolkien: This 18-week class leads your student on an in-depth study of six Tolkien works as well as a biography of the man behind the stories. These studies are designed to challenge your student to think deeply and critically about the truths presented. Two short papers and one longer paper (10-12 pages) are also required.

Worldviews in Literature: This course examines worldviews and how they manifest themselves in literature. Taught by Dr. Steven Hake, the Chair of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and Director of the Literature major at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, this advanced literature study will look at how authors have answered the “big questions” of philosophy. There are discussion questions in the form of weekly written assignments for the student to complete, along with one-page journal entries and a ten-page final paper.

Geography of the Bible is a series of seventeen videos that explores the ancient lands of the patriarchs, Israel at the time of Jesus, and the lands traveled to and written about in the epistles and Revelation. Through videos and worksheets, students will take a closer look at the lands of the Bible, the people who lived there, and the many incredible events that took place in that region that continue to shape our world today.

Veterinarian

In Animal Science with veterinarian and teacher Dr. Sonya Brouillette, we’ll study twenty-seven weekly lessons covering animal classification, digestive systems, reproduction, food animals, companion animals, human responsibility toward animals, and preventative care in domestic animals.

Friendly Anatomy: Thorough knowledge of a subject area begins with a solid foundation. Veteran educator and large-animal veterinarian, Dr. Joey Hajda, builds this foundation with you in a gentle, friendly manner. Bone by bone, structure by structure, learn the anatomy of the bovine skeletal system. This is the perfect resource for the aspiring veterinarian or animal health technician.

Marine Biology introduces students to the diverse and incredible world of marine life through videos, slideshows, research projects, online resources, and downloadable materials. From the very small to the very large, students meet creatures that boggle the mind and defy imagination.

Photographer

Photography: Michele Peterson’s thirty weekly lessons teach students how to see the way their camera “sees” and then to use that knowledge to create a recipe for the perfect picture.

Photography Challenge: Michele Peterson continues to help photography students of all ages expand their skills and stretch their creativity. Weekly photography challenges continue to build on the skills learned in Photography by expanding students’ skills and stretching their creativity. If a student already has a solid understanding of photography, the challenges may be done independently of the Photography class.