Program Details

The Plainfield Township Fire Department announces the Summer 2020 Medical Educator Development program in partnership with Bad Day Industries, LLC. This program is designed to assist the professional EMS provider in developing the skills and techniques required to efficiently and effectively manage and coordinate the classroom.

This program is designed to prepare licensed EMS Providers to become EMS Educators. In addition to the teaching component of the program, students are also prepared to coordinate education programs, including proper documentation and management of an EMS education program. The entry-level EMS educator engages in learner-centered, outcome-based best-practices articulated by the curriculum. Successful completion of the program provides the opportunity for building and developing teaching skills on a solid foundation that can lead to higher levels of instructional and administrative expertise.

In addition, a minimum of thirty (30) hours of mentored Student Teaching are required. Student Teaching must occur outside of the program and under the direction and supervision of a licensed I/C.

Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to take the MDHHS-BETP Emergency Medical Services Instructor-Coordinator exam.

Topics covered include:

  • Instructor Roles and Responsibilities
  • Administrative Issues/Course Coordination
  • Legal Issues in EMS Education
  • The Learning Environment
  • Learning Styles
  • Lesson Plans
  • Presentation Skills
  • Evaluation Techniques
  • Facilitation Techniques
  • Communication and Feedback
  • Teaching Thinking Skills
  • Teaching Psychomotor Skills
  • Student Evaluations & Tests
  • Student Remediation
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Teaching Resources
  • Research
  • Course Coordination in Michigan
  • Supervised Student Teaching
  • …and more!


Plainfield Township Fire Department

4343 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI

This program is pending MDHHS-BETP approval


This class will meet Fridays and Saturdays from 8AM to 5PM on the following dates:

Week 1September 11th & 12th
Week 2September 25th & 26th
Week 3October 2nd & 3rd
Week 4October 16th & 17th
Week 5October 30th & 31st
Week 6November 6th & 7th
Week 7November 20th & 21st
Week 8December 4th & 5th
Week 9December 11th & 12th

Program Cost

$1800.00 (Includes Textbook: Foundations of Education: An EMS Approach – Third Edition)

Payment plans are available!

Program Instructors

Doug Smith
Doug Smith, MAT, BS, EMT-P, I/C

Doug is a co-founder of Platinum Educational Group. He is a licensed Paramedic as well as an Instructor-Coordinator in the state of Michigan and has been involved in EMS for 25+ years. Doug has a Master’s Degree in Education and has taught numerous instructor classes. He is involved as a committee chair for the National Association of EMS Educators and has spoken at numerous State and National Conferences. He is a past president of the State of Michigan EMS Instructor Coordinators and was the 2003 EMT of the year for the State of Michigan.

Kim Schrader, MS Ed, EMT-P I/C

Kim is the EMS Program Director at the Careerline Tech Center in Holland MI. She is eager to bring high school students into the twenty-first century using a unique combination of education experience coupled with twenty years of EMS background. She holds a Professional Teaching Certificate, and is experienced in classroom management and leadership. She is dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a passion for emergency medicine.

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old to apply for a license with MDHHS after program completion.
  • Must be a high school graduate or have your GED.
  • Must be a licensed EMT to be able to teach at their level of licensure.
  • Must have a current BLS Instructor card.
  • Must have a current State of Michigan EMS License.
  • Must provide proof of 3 years field work experience at current licensure level at an EMS Agency.
  • Must select a licensed I/C serve as a mentor.
  • Must submit 2 letters of professional recommendation from a licensed EMS I/C. (one being your mentor)

Technical Course Requirements


  • Laptop or tablet with current operating system
  • Microsoft office or similar suite of programs
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Current Flash player
  • Active email account

Students need to be able to create user accounts, send and receive emails, attach files, and open attachments using common computer applications.


Registration is required. Anyone interested in attending should complete the registration form and make the $50 nonrefundable deposit to guarantee your seat.

Enrollment is limited and will be accepted until the class is filled. (Students will be added to a waiting list and additional sessions may be added.) BDI and the Plainfield Fire Department reserve the right to cancel any program due to insufficient enrollment, at which time deposit/registration fees would be refunded. Late registration will be accepted at the discretion of the program manager.