Anyone with three years and 3,000 hours of experience in the industry sector may be able to turn that experience into a career technical education (CTE) position.
"To bring industry knowledge to middle and high school students is a unique opportunity to share expertise and passion beyond the typical academic school experience," said Keri Morgan, a coordinator with the Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation department at the San Diego County Office of Education.
Both full-time and part-time opportunities are available, so even if you're not ready to make a full leap into a new career, you might be able to teach a course or two alongside your current job.
Credentialing takes place after being hired, and coursework is all online. Many schools offset the cost of credentialing through stipends.
Candidates need 3,000 hours of work experience with at least one year of hands-on experience within the last five years, or two years of hands-on experience out of the last 10 years. Experience should be related to the content to be taught.
Learn more about getting a designated subject credential or teaching CTE at SDCOE.net. This video can help people prepare for job interviews and get the most out of EdJoin, the education job board.
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What is Career Technical Education?
CTE programs offer pathways focused on preparing students with the knowledge and skills to be competitive in the workforce. With two to four years of sequenced courses, students are able to learn and apply their skills through coursework, hands-on learning experiences, industry engagement, and more. These programs offer students an entry point into the workforce after high school graduation, and are also aligned with local apprenticeships, community colleges, and four-year universities to ensure students have many opportunities to continue to develop their skills and earn industry certifications and academic degrees.
California recognizes 15 different industry sectors, and there are multiple pathways in each sector. The state lays out what should be taught in each pathway in the Model Curriculum Standards. There are also many free resources you can use to teach, in addition to the curriculum adopted by the school where you teach.
As CTE is a workforce development initiative, programs are specially funded to ensure equipment and materials meet industry standards, and that there is funding for workplace tours and other industry-specific needs.