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CTE Teacher and Student

Idaho is Seeking Career & Technical Educators

Career & technical educators instruct students in various technical and career related subjects, such as information technology, healthcare, business, culinary arts, diesel technology, and many more. We are currently experiencing a high demand for CTE teachers. Do you think teaching CTE might be right for you?

CTE Certification

CTE certificates are required in public schools, authorizing the holder to teach a specific subject. Emphasis is on occupational experience by teachers who can then help prepare students for a trade or technical profession.

College Student to CTE Teacher (Secondary)

Degree Based Career Technical Certificate

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • University recommendation for certificate/endorsement including:
    • 1,000 clock hours related work experience
    • Positive student teaching experience
    • Passing of content area PRAXIS II
  • Cleared background check and signed legal history questionnaire
  • Certificate valid for five years; renewable

Industry Professional to CTE Teacher (Secondary and Postsecondary)

Limited Occupational Specialist LOS

  • Possess a minimum of high school diploma or GED
  • Submit to a criminal history check as described in section 33-130, Idaho Code (secondary level only)
  • Meet at least one (1)of the following criteria:
    • Hold or have held an approved industry certification in a field closely related to the content area in which the individual seeks to teach as defined by the division of career technical education;
    • Demonstrate a minimum of six thousand (6,000) hours – fifty (50) percent to have occurred in the recent five years – of professional experience in a field closely related to the content area in which the individual seeks to teach; or
    • Hold a baccalaureate degree in a field closely related to the content area in which the individual seeks to teach anddemonstrate two-thousand (2,000) hours – fifty (50) percent to have occurred in the recent five years – of professional experience in a field closely related to the content area in which the individual seeks to teach.
  • Meet, when applicable, requirements of occupationally-related state agencies
  • Certificate is valid for three years; not renewable
    • May teach while completing requirements to achieve Standard Occupational Specialist Certificate.
    • Must complete an educator training program our courses approved by the division of career technical education.

Standard Occupational Specialist SOS

  • Complete Summer Academy
  • Complete one of the two following options:
    1. University coursework
      • Tuition and other expenses responsibility of teaching candidate
      • Courses:
        • Principles/Foundations of CTE
        • Methods of CTE Instruction
        • Evaluation and Assessment
        • Career Pathway Guidance
        • Occupational Analysis/Curriculum Development
    2. Educate
      • Must be employed as teacher by school district or higher education institution
      • Certificate valid for five years, renewable
      • Contact Dona Orr, Director of Professional Development, for more information about this option.

Advanced Occupational Specialist AOS

  • Complete teacher training degree or 18 additional credits of education or content-area Transcripted coursework
  • Certificate valid for five years; renewable

Current Teacher to CTE Teacher

CTE Alternative Authorization Teacher to New Certificate

  • Hold current and valid renewable Idaho educator certificate
  • Identify desired route to certification
    • Option I: University recommendation for certificate/endorsement
    • Option II: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification
    • Option III: Master’s degree in the endorsement area
    • Occupational experience in CTE teaching area
  • Certificate valid for one year at a time; renewable up to two times

Other Routes to CTE Teacher

CTE Alternative Authorization Content Specialist Certificate Secondary

  • Employed by a school district
  • Hold minimum of Baccalaureate degree in any major
  • Demonstrate content knowledge through one of the following:
    • Baccalaureate degree in subject area to be taught
    • Passing score in related of content area PRAXIS II
    • Passing score on State Board of Education’s Uniform Standard for Evaluating Content Competency
  • Complete state-approved combination of the following:
    1. Complete university program to earn certification recommendation
    2. Earn additional industry hours
    3. Demonstrate content knowledge through discussion and sample teaching approaches of program standards and competencies; and/or 
    4. Attainment of agreed-upon industry certification
    5. Certificate valid for one year at a time; renewable up to two times

Individual Filling a CTE Educator Position for One (1) Year Secondary Emergency Provisional Certificate

  • Awarded only with formal approval by State Board of Education
  • Must:
    • Hold associates degree or demonstrate 48 semester college credits on official transcript
    • Provide evidence of declaration of emergency situation by the school district
  • Certificate is valid for one year

Career & technical educators train as teachers in a formal college preparatory program. Others come from industry. For many career & technical educators teaching is a second or third career after they acquire valuable experience in their industry.

Resources

Educator Portal

Secondary Occupational Specialist Application

Postsecondary Occupational Specialist Application

Professional Development Activities

Professional Development Plan

University Coursework Professional Development Plan

Professional Development PS InSpIRE

InSpIRE Professional Development Plan

Please note:
As credentialed educator, you are solely responsible for maintaining a current valid Idaho certification. You must continually meet the current State of Board Education rule and Idaho statutory requirements. You must also notify our certification office of any changes in your contact information, or contact us via the information below.

Need More Information?

Kristi Enger

Kristi Enger
Director
208.429.5528

Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly
Administrative Support
208.429.5513

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