About Career & Technical Education (CTE)
South Seattle College's Continuing Education offers flexible, affordable preparation classes for those working toward their Career & Technical Education Certification (CTE) in Washington State. Additionally, South’s program is an approved Plan II "Business and Industry" course of study for secondary teachers leading to the initial state teaching certificate by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
South’s program is designed to give individuals independence in the program through classes arranged with the working professional in mind, as well as online classes that offer greater flexibility. Core classes are offered each quarter to meet the needs of prospective teachers, and teacher candidates may start any quarter of the year.
What is CTE?
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a planned program of courses and learning experiences for middle and high school students which explores career options, supports basic academic and life skills, enables achievement of high academic standards and leadership, and prepares them for industry-defined work. CTE education in WA State is offered for grades 7 through 12.
What Is a CTE Certification?
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports basic academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, preparation for industry-defined work, and advanced and continuing education.
In Washington State, CTE teachers are required to hold a CTE Teaching Certificate, issued in one of the specific CTE specialties upon completion of a Washington State Board of Education-approved program as well as documentation of 6,000 hours of paid occupational experience in the specific sub-category or specialty area.
South has two primary pathways for CTE teacher candidates:
- Pathway for Experienced Certificated Professionals – a shorter course of study designed for those who already hold a teaching degree or credential from a college or university and have been teaching full-time in a classroom setting. Experienced Certificated students take 6 required classes and Practicum/ Field Experience.
- Pathway for Professionals Coming from Business and Industry – designed for those new to teaching who have been working in an industry profession. These students take 10 required classes and Practicum/field experience.
Program Oversight and Instruction
Our Program Education Advisory Committee (PEAC), made up of experienced Career and Technical Education (CTE) professionals from around the regions, ensures the quality of the program. These experienced CTE teachers and administrators serve to oversee the program, conduct program reviews and suggest continual improvements. The PEAC was instrumental in the recent State of Washington program new design and reapproved by OSPI’s Professional Board of Standards.