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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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Black or African American0.7%
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Central Texas College13.7%
University of Phoenix13.1%
Columbia Southern University4.4%
University of Maryland - University College3.3%
Wayland Baptist University3.3%
George Washington University2.8%
Community College of the Air Force2.8%
University of Missouri - Columbia2.6%
American InterContinental University2.2%
University of Louisville2.2%
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|Senior Instructor In Anesthesiology||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Jan 07, 2016||$268,900|
|Senior Instructor In Anesthesiology||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Jul 18, 2016||$268,900|
|Senior Instructor/Physician||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Jul 01, 2010||$176,344|
|Senior Instructor||University of Colorado||Aurora, CO||Nov 02, 2016||$175,000|
|Senior Instructor||University of Colorado||Aurora, CO||May 01, 2011||$160,000|
|Senior Instructor||The Metrohealth System||Cleveland, OH||Jan 20, 2010||$145,000|
|Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow||University of Washington||Seattle, WA||Dec 01, 2012||$120,000|
|Acting Instructor and Senior Fellow||University of Washington||Seattle, WA||Dec 01, 2011||$120,000|
|Senior Instructor||Network Learning Inc.||Henderson, NV||May 20, 2013||$120,000|
|Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow||University of Washington||Seattle, WA||Jan 01, 2010||$110,004|
|Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow||University of Washington||Seattle, WA||Aug 01, 2010||$110,004|
|Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow||University of Washington||Seattle, WA||Jul 01, 2010||$110,004|
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|Senior Instructor, Clinical Teaching||University of Colorado||Denver, CO||Sep 05, 2016||$75,000|
|Senior Instructor, End User Support||Netsuite Inc.||Boston, MA||Sep 01, 2013||$75,000|
|Senior Instructor||Western Washington University||Bellingham, WA||Jun 16, 2015||$69,038|
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|SR Instructional Media Svcs Specialist||Adelphi University||Garden City, NY||Jan 27, 2016||$66,350|
|Senior Instructor||Western Washington University||Bellingham, WA||Jun 16, 2014||$65,699|
|Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow||University of Washington||Seattle, WA||Apr 15, 2015||$65,172|
|Senior Instructor||Oregon State University||Corvallis, OR||Dec 11, 2014||$59,844|
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