Plan 1: Certified Teachers Pathway

Plan for Experienced Certificated Professionals

This plan is a shorter sequence of courses of 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.

Standards, Models, and Methods

Career and Technical Education (CTE) engages students in rigorous college and career readiness learning and you may experience some similarities from your core teaching certification classes. The goal of this program is to provide you experience with the CTE standards and more specific CTE assessment models and curricular design methods. In this program, some courses will have materials directed specifically to you as a certificated teacher, and other times you will have the benefit of interacting with CTE candidates with diverse backgrounds, some from business and industry and some from education. Students are welcome to take the courses at their own pace. The Introduction to CTE should be one of the first classes and Advanced CTE Strategies and Practicum/Fieldwork in the last two classes. The rest of the courses can be taken in any order.

Essential Courses for initial CTE certification for Experienced Certificated Teachers

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Career and Technical Teacher Education
  • CTE History and Philosophy
  • CTE Student and Personal Leadership Development
  • Program Development: Implementing CTE Standards
  • Legal Issues: Rights and Responsibilities
  • Advanced CTE Strategies
  • Practicum/Fieldwork: Demonstration of CTE Competencies
  • Work-Based Learning Coordination Techniques (optional, highly recommended)

Interested teacher-candidates for this pathway are requested to submit copies of their WA State Teaching Certificate and a copy of their conditional or probationary CTE Certificate to the CTE Program Administrator. Typically this step can happen during the Introduction to CTE class.


"I started the program at South not fully understanding the importance of getting to know the foundations of Career and Technical Education. By the end of the courses, I felt very prepared to begin teaching CTE. I had a great experience and learned so much. The staff and instructors at South are very professional, helpful and knowledgeable. I highly recommend the program!"

-George Wheeler, teacher with more than twenty two years’ experience teaching middle and high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)