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Career and technical education teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. They also need work experience in the subject they teach. Some teachers, particularly those in public schools, also may be required to have a state-issued certification or license. Requirements for certification vary by state.Education
Career and technical education teachers in public schools generally need a bachelor’s degree in the field they teach, such as agriculture, engineering, or computer science.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Many career and technical education teachers need work experience in the field they teach. For example, automotive mechanics, chefs, and nurses typically spend years in their career before moving into teaching.Training
Some states require prospective career and technical education teachers to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, prospective teachers gain experience in preparing lessons and teaching students under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
States may require career and technical education teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Requirements for certification vary by state. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.
Certification typically requires completing a student teaching program and a bachelor’s degree. States usually require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test.
Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development courses to maintain their license. For certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.
Some states offer an alternative route to certification for prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree or work experience in their field, but lack the education courses required for certification. Alternative programs typically cover teaching methods, development of lesson plans, and classroom management.
In addition to teaching certification, career and technical education teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license or certification may need to have and maintain the same credential. For example, career and technical education teachers who instruct welding may need to have certification in welding.Advancement
Experienced teachers can advance to become mentors and lead teachers, helping less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.
Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Career and technical education teachers must be able to explain technical concepts in terms that students can understand.
Organizational skills. Career and technical education teachers have many students in different classes throughout the day. They must be able to organize their time and teaching materials.
Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teachers must be patient with each student in their classroom and develop a positive learning environment.
Resourcefulness. Teachers need to be able to develop different ways of presenting information and demonstrating tasks so that students can learn.
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Culinary Institute of America37.3%
Johnson & Wales University21.8%
New England Culinary Institute7.3%
French Culinary Institute2.7%
University of Phoenix2.7%
Baltimore International College2.3%
Johnson County Community College2.3%
Florida International University2.3%
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts2.3%
Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago2.3%
Art Institute of Atlanta1.8%
Arizona Culinary Institute1.8%
The Institute of Culinary Education School1.8%
Texas Tech University1.4%
Hudson County Community College1.4%
University of New Haven1.4%
Iowa State University1.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Restaurant Chef Instructor||The Culinary Institute of America||San Antonio, TX||Feb 01, 2015||$83,231|
|Chef Instructor||Murray Hill Place, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 28, 2016||$80,309|
|Restaurant Chef Instructor||The Culinary Institute of America||San Antonio, TX||Feb 01, 2012||$80,000|
|Executive Chef Instructor||Professional Culinary Institute||Campbell, CA||Dec 01, 2009||$75,000|
|Chef Instructor||The International Culinary Center of California, L||Campbell, CA||Dec 01, 2011||$75,000|
|Chef Instructor||The International Culinary Center of California, L||Campbell, CA||Dec 01, 2012||$75,000|
|Executive Chef Instructor||Profesional Culinary Institute||Campbell, CA||Dec 01, 2010||$75,000|
|Chef Instructor||The Culinary Institute of America||Hyde Park, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$73,440|
|Chef Instructor||The Culinary Institute of America||Hyde Park, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$72,000|
|Chef Instructor||The Culinary Institute of America||Hyde Park, NY||Nov 01, 2012||$72,000|
|Baking & Pastry Arts Chef Instructor||Culinary Institute Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 26, 2016||$63,232|
|Chef Instructor||San Diego Culinary Institute, Inc.||La Mesa, CA||May 19, 2014||$60,216 -
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|Chef Instructor-Culinary Arts||Culinary Institute Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2014||$52,000|
|Cooking School Executive Chef & Instructor||BMF Mainstreet America, LLC||Spring, TX||Oct 01, 2012||$50,000|
|Chef Instructor||The Culinary Institute Alain & Marie Lenotre||Houston, TX||Sep 09, 2010||$49,481|
|Chef Instructor||Murray Hill Place Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 17, 2011||$45,115|
|Chef Instructor-Baking/Pastry Arts||Culinary Institute Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 25, 2013||$45,000|
|Baking & Pastry Arts Chef Instructor||Culinary Institute, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 12, 2015||$41,500|
|Baking & Pastry Arts Chef Instructor||Culinary Institute Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 12, 2015||$41,500|
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|Baking and Pastry Chef Instructor||Culinary Institute, Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2011||$40,000|
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