Anyone with 3 years of experience* in the industry they will teach is eligible to apply for a CTE position. Credentialing takes place AFTER you are hired, and coursework is all online. Many schools even offset the cost of credentialing through stipends!
You'll find both full time and part time opportunities in CTE, 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 on the side while you stick with your current job. Click below to see if there's an opportunity that fits your experience and availability!
*Three years (3,000 hours) of work experience needed, with at least one year of hands-on experience, and recency of one year in the last five years, or two years within the last 10 years. Your experience should be related to the content you will teach- for example, if you worked as an IT professional at a Biotech company, you would be eligible to teach Information Communication Technology courses, not Biotechnology/Medical Technology pathways.
Not all positions require a 4 year degree! While some districts have board policy that may require a four year degree, the state requirement is focused on experience, not education.
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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 entrypoint 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 - consider what your background is, and what sector you would be qualified for based on your industry experience!
California lays out what should be taught in each pathway in the Model Curriculum Standards, and there are 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 work-place tours and other industry specific needs.