Purpose of Career Technical Education
Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers provide students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, approximately 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation. To teach CTE courses, one must have work experience in a specific subject, or industry sector, and hold a three-year preliminary designated subjects CTE credential.
Career Technical Education Program Overview
The Career Technical Education Credentialing Program is a Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved program that delivers services under Tulare County Office of Education’s (TCOE) New Teacher & Leadership Development (NTLD). As an approved program for the designated subjects CTE credential, the program verifies that preliminary requirements are met and makes credential recommendations on behalf of the preliminary candidate. The preliminary CTE credential is issued by the CTC for three years and authorizes the candidate to teach one or more subjects in the industry sector named on the credential in grades 12 and below, and in classes organized primarily for adults in career technical, trade, or vocational courses. The program also offers a clear CTE credential pathway for preliminary CTE credentialed holders, which includes a series of sequenced coursework that prepares the candidate to become an effective teacher.
Do you have work experience in one of the 15 CTC approved industry sectors? If so, obtaining a CTE credential would allow you to use your work experience to teach students in courses aligned with your industry sector. For more information on the Career Technical Education Sectors, please click on the graphic below. The CTC Leaflet CL888 will provide additional clarity.
Career Technical Education Preliminary Credential Process
Click on the graphic below to view the process to earn a preliminary CTE Credential.
Tulare County Office of Education
Tim A. Hire, County Superintendent of Schools
P.O. Box 5091
Visalia, CA 93278-5091