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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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Hispanic or Latino10.6%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix21.1%
Community College of the Air Force8.5%
Grand Canyon University7.0%
Florida State University4.5%
Texas A&M University4.2%
University of Florida4.0%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.5%
George Washington University3.5%
Michigan State University3.5%
Pennsylvania State University3.5%
University of Central Florida3.5%
University of Houston3.5%
University of Maryland - University College3.5%
Southern New Hampshire University3.5%
American InterContinental University3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Technical Instructor||Micronics Networking & Training Inc.||Glendale, CA||May 01, 2010||$208,700|
|Instructor, Technology: Web/Graphic Desi||Pace University||New York, NY||Dec 05, 2013||$160,449|
|Instructor, Technology: Web/Graphic Desi||Pace University||New York, NY||Jan 02, 2014||$160,449|
|Instructor, Technology: Web/Graphic Desi||Pace University||New York, NY||Feb 26, 2014||$160,449|
|Senior Application Lifecycle Management Technical Instructor||Quicklearn Training, Inc.||Kirkland, WA||Nov 30, 2016||$156,525 -
|Technical Instructor||Pace University||White Plains, NY||Feb 06, 2010||$156,525|
|Technical Instructor||Pace University||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2011||$156,525|
|Technical Instructor||Pace University||White Plains, NY||Oct 15, 2012||$156,525|
|Technical Instructor||Pace University||White Plains, NY||Jan 02, 2014||$156,525|
|Technical Instructor||Pace University||New York, NY||Mar 15, 2014||$156,525|
|Senior Application Lifecycle Management Technical Instructor||Quicklearn Training, Inc.||Kirkland, WA||Dec 18, 2015||$156,525 -
|Technical Instructor, Principal||Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Aug 22, 2013||$97,176|
|Senior Technical Instructor||Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 01, 2015||$97,152|
|Technical Instructor||Mulesoft, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 15, 2016||$96,637 -
|Principal Technical Instructor||Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.||Duncan, OK||Jan 28, 2016||$96,141|
|Principal Technical Instructor||Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.||Duncan, OK||Sep 30, 2015||$96,141|
|Senior Technical Instructor||Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 18, 2014||$93,867|
|Microsoft Certified Technical Instructor||Core BTS||Brookfield, WI||May 15, 2013||$93,000|
|Microsoft Certified Technical Instructor||Core BTS||Brookfield, WI||May 01, 2013||$93,000|
|Lead Technical Instructor||Roughton Investments||Tucson, AZ||Jul 27, 2013||$78,900|
|Global Technical Instructor II||Weatherford International Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 09, 2011||$78,562 -
|Technical Instructor||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||Oct 01, 2013||$77,620|
|Technical Instructor||Moody International Inc.||Lafayette, LA||Sep 19, 2013||$76,544|
|Technical Instructor||New Horizons of Greater Philadelphia||Wayne, PA||Sep 21, 2010||$76,000|
|Instructional Technologist||The Langley School||McLean, VA||Sep 20, 2013||$75,000|
|Technical Instructor-Applications||Mori Seiki U.S.A., Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Oct 07, 2010||$75,000|
|Technical Instructor||Intertek Consulting & Training USA Inc.||Lafayette, LA||Sep 05, 2014||$75,000|
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