All Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher candidates with business and industry experience entering the CTE Teacher Preparation Program must meet all requirements listed below before the candidate is eligible to apply for and receive a Washington State CTE Teaching Certificate from the Office of the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction. For more information and to begin the process, please click on the following link to the OSPI website.
Occupational Experience (WAC 181-77-041)
CTE Teacher Candidates must provide evidence of a minimum of 6,000 hours of work experience in the field in which they want to teach. One year must have been within the last six years.
Required Classes/Indicators (WAC 181-77)
The CTE Teacher Candidate must complete the required classes as defined in WAC 181-77. The classes must be taken from a State Board of Education approved provider. The required classes are…
- 48 hours – Elements of Teaching
- 12 hours – Practicum I
- 10 hours – Abuse Issues
- 30 hours – Advanced Instructional Strategies
- 30 hours – Curriculum Design and Course Organization
- 10 hours – School Law
- 30 hours – Coordination Techniques
- 30 hours – Student Personal Development & Leadership
- 30 hours – Philosophy & History of Career & Technical Education
- General Safety and Industrial Hygiene
A total of 230 hours.
Basic Academic Skills Assessment (RCW 28A.410)
CTE Teacher Candidates must be competent in basic skills in communication, reading, and computation and demonstrate one of the following options.
- Pass basic-skills assessment as identified by the provider.
- Completion of a baccalaureate or graduate degree.
- Completion 100 level or above course work in communications, reading, computation.
Fingerprinting & Background Check (RCW 28A.410)
Washington State law requires that any CTE teacher candidate that does not hold a valid Washington teaching certificate must be fingerprinted for a state and national background check.
Good Character & Personal Fitness Supplement (WAC 181-79A-155)
CTE Teacher Candidates that do not have a valid Washington State teacher’s, administrator’s, educational staff associate’s, or career and technical education certificate, must give evidence of good moral character and personal fitness. Candidates must complete the Character and Fitness Supplement Form.