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Working As A Technology Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $45,530

    Average Salary

What Does A Technology 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 Technology 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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Technology Teacher Career Paths

Technology Teacher
Social Studies Teacher Adjunct Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Coordinator Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
4th Grade Teacher Language Arts Teacher Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Instructor Adjunct Professor Associate Dean
Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Program Coordinator Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Site Director Preschool Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Educator Assistant Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Technology Coordinator Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Instructor Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Assistant Director Band Director
Orchestra Director
5 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Instructor
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Education Director
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Technology Coordinator Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
4th Grade Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Technology Teacher Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    52.1%
  • Male

    46.2%
  • Unknown

    1.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.2%
  • Asian

    6.4%
  • Unknown

    1.9%
  • Black or African American

    1.0%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    58.3%
  • French

    9.7%
  • Mandarin

    5.6%
  • Chinese

    4.2%
  • Russian

    4.2%
  • German

    2.8%
  • Cantonese

    2.8%
  • Indonesian

    1.4%
  • Bulgarian

    1.4%
  • Yoruba

    1.4%
  • Japanese

    1.4%
  • Carrier

    1.4%
  • Kinyarwanda

    1.4%
  • Urdu

    1.4%
  • Navajo

    1.4%
  • Hindi

    1.4%
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Real Technology Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technology Teacher Charles County Public Schools Indian Head, MD Aug 17, 2009 $81,342
Technology Teacher La Fondation Du Lycee Francais International de Wa Bethesda, MD Aug 26, 2014 $62,689
Pharmacy Technology Teacher (CTE) Career Technolog Baltimore City Public School System Baltimore, MD Oct 05, 2010 $60,880
DP Mathematics and Technology Teacher Town of Westlake Westlake, TX Oct 01, 2012 $60,853
DP Math/Technology Teacher Town of Westlake DBA Westlake Academy Westlake, TX May 18, 2012 $60,093
Primary & Secondary School Technology Teacher Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Sep 15, 2015 $60,000 -
$75,000
Technology Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Oxon Hill, MD Jan 19, 2011 $58,737
Secondary School Technology Teacher The Galloway Schools, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 08, 2016 $56,000
Technology Teacher La Fondation Du Lycee Francais International de Wa Bethesda, MD Oct 01, 2010 $55,584
Technology Teacher Catholic High School Inc. Green Bay, WI Jan 11, 2016 $53,845
Technology Teacher Catholic High School Inc. Green Bay, WI Jan 10, 2016 $53,845
Upper School Math/Technology Teacher Wardlaw Hartridge School Edison, NJ May 27, 2010 $53,770
Science and Technology Teacher International Community School, Inc. Decatur, GA Oct 05, 2015 $52,357
Educational Technology Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Jan 05, 2016 $51,649
Stem Teacher/Director of Technology Covenant Preparatory School, Inc. Hartford, CT Jan 07, 2016 $51,150
Design & Technology Teacher Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Jan 09, 2016 $50,000 -
$55,000
IB Technology Teacher New York Preparatory School New York, NY Jan 20, 2011 $50,000
Educational Technology Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Apr 15, 2016 $49,908
Mathematics and Technology Teacher In The French L Dallas International School Richardson, TX Aug 01, 2011 $46,608
Infor. Curriculum Tech. Teacher-Primary and Mid Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Sep 15, 2012 $46,000 -
$66,000
Educational Technology Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Sep 01, 2012 $45,530
Technology Teacher Fairfield/Easton Regional Catholic School, Inc. Fairfield, CT Feb 27, 2009 $44,000
French and Technology Teacher Audubon Charter School New Orleans, LA Jul 10, 2011 $42,926
Technology Teacher Florida International Academy, Inc. Opa-locka, FL Sep 04, 2014 $42,000
Spanish Partial Immersion Technology Teacher Charlotte Lab School Charlotte, NC Aug 15, 2016 $42,000
Science and Technology Teacher International Community School, Inc. Decatur, GA Oct 05, 2014 $41,380 -
$52,000
Science and Technology Teacher International Community School, Inc. Decatur, GA Jul 01, 2012 $40,680
Technology Teacher Neuse Charter School of Johnston County Selma, NC Jul 01, 2010 $40,340

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Top Skills for A Technology Teacher

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Top Technology Teacher Skills

  1. Core Curriculum
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Web Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with educators in grades B4k-8 to create project based learning tied to Common Core Curriculum.
  • Developed and delivered Professional Development to staff focusing on classroom management skills.
  • Enhanced students' summer camp experience with instruction in graphics and web design.
  • Created lesson plans for computer skills incorporating subject matter and BPS Curriculum Frameworks.
  • Instructed four Mathematics classes a day to under achieving students in 4th-8th grade.

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