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Working As A Technical Education Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Education Teacher Do

Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Duties

Career and technical education teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans and assignments
  • Instruct students on how to develop certain skills
  • Show how to apply classroom knowledge through hands-on activities
  • Demonstrate and supervise the safe and proper use of tools and equipment
  • Monitor students’ progress, assign tasks, and grade assignments
  • Discuss students’ progress with parents, students, and counselors
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and safety procedures

Career and technical education teachers help students explore and prepare to enter a specific occupation, in fields such as healthcare or information technology. They use a variety of teaching techniques to help students learn and develop skills related to a specific career or field of study. They demonstrate tasks, techniques, and tools used in an occupation. They may assign hands-on tasks, such as replacing brakes on cars, taking blood pressure, or recording vital signs. Teachers typically oversee these tasks in workshops and laboratories in the school.

Some teachers establish relationships with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide practical work experience for students. They also serve as advisers to students participating in career and technical student organizations.

The specific duties of career and technical education teachers vary by the grade and subject they teach. In middle schools and high schools, they teach general concepts in a classroom and through practical exercises in workshops and laboratories.

In postsecondary schools, they teach specific career skills that help students earn a certificate, diploma, or an associate’s degree, and prepare them for a specific job. For example, welding instructors teach students various welding techniques and essential safety practices. They also monitor the use of tools and equipment, and have students practice procedures until they meet the specific standards required by the trade.

In most states, teachers in middle and high schools instruct one subject within the 16 major career fields, also known as Career Clusters. For example, the career cluster known as architecture and construction includes instruction in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining structures.

Teachers instructing courses in agricultural, food, and natural resources teach topics such as agricultural production; agriculture-related business; veterinary science; and plant, animal, and food systems. For example, they may have students plant and care for crops and tend to animals so that students can apply what they have learned in the classroom.

Career and technical education teachers in hospitality and tourism teach students in subjects such as nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel lodging. For example, teachers may instruct and supervise students in creating menus and preparing food.

Some teach the skills necessary to work as technicians and assistants, such as nursing and dental assistants in health-science occupations.

For information on all 16 major Career Clusters and programs in all other states, visit National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

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How To Become A Technical Education Teacher

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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Technical Education Teacher Demographics

Gender

Male

62.6%

Female

26.4%

Unknown

11.1%
Ethnicity

White

66.8%

Black or African American

12.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

German

33.3%

Italian

16.7%

Technical Education Teacher Education

Schools

California University of Pennsylvania

15.0%

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

10.7%

Central Connecticut State University

7.1%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

6.4%

State University of New York College at Oswego

5.7%

Old Dominion University

5.7%

University of Phoenix

5.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

Lesley University

4.3%

Ball State University

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

3.6%

University of Maine

3.6%

Grand Canyon University

3.6%

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

3.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

2.9%

George Washington University

2.9%

Cambridge College

2.9%

Walden University

2.9%

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

2.9%

Virginia State University

2.9%
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Majors

Educational Technology

27.6%

Education

13.8%

Educational Leadership

10.1%

Elementary Education

7.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

6.9%

Industrial Technology

6.7%

Business

5.9%

Curriculum And Instruction

3.4%

Special Education

2.5%

Engineering Technology

2.0%

Management

2.0%

Health Education

1.5%

Secondary Education And Teaching

1.5%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.2%

Computer Science

1.2%

Nursing

1.2%

Information Technology

1.2%

History

1.2%

Engineering

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

43.4%

Bachelors

32.3%

Other

10.9%

Certificate

5.4%

Doctorate

4.6%

Associate

1.9%

License

1.1%

Diploma

0.4%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Naugatuck, CT
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does a Technical Education Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technical Education Teacher in the United States is $65,398 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $128,000.

Real Technical Education Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technology Education Teacher Charles County Public Schools Indian Head, MD Oct 01, 2009 $81,342
Technology Education Teacher Lycee Francais de Chicago Chicago, IL May 27, 2015 $66,710
Technology Education Teacher Lycee Francais de Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 03, 2015 $65,900
Technology Education Teacher Naugatuck Public Schools Naugatuck, CT May 09, 2016 $62,047
Technology Education Teacher Consolidated School District of New Britain New Britain, CT Aug 27, 2012 $57,904
Technology Education Teacher Naugatuck Public Schools Naugatuck, CT Sep 04, 2013 $57,374
Technology Education Teacher Cuba Independent Schools Cuba, NM May 26, 2012 $53,961
Technology Education Teacher Weston Board of Education Weston, CT Aug 25, 2011 $53,870
Educational Technology Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Jan 05, 2016 $51,649
Educational Technology Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Apr 15, 2016 $49,908
High School Technical Education Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Greenbelt, MD Mar 14, 2011 $49,107 -
$91,752
Educational Technology Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Apr 15, 2015 $48,445
Primary Education Science & Technology Teacher, IB Program International Community School, Inc. Decatur, GA Apr 07, 2015 $47,170

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Top Skills for A Technical Education Teacher

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Lesson Plans
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  • Facilitated and implemented classroom management strategies and techniques that maximize learning with minimal disruption.
  • Work together with classroom teachers to formulate and conduct collaborative lesson plans
  • Traveled to different facilities for robotics competitions and Technology Student Association events.
  • Provided a comprehensive curriculum in reading/language arts, writing and mathematics for students at Daniel Boone High School.
  • School advisor for the TSA (Technical Student Association) group for state and National events.

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