FAQs for Career Technical Education Teacher Pipeline

Who teaches Career Technical Education classes?

Career Technical Education classes are taught by highly trained professionals who have chosen to share their real-world experiences with classrooms of students who share the same passion. The knowledge these experts bring to education provides their students valuable information directly from their future career fields, such as industry trends, trade secrets, and real-world applications for what is learned in class.

What does CTE stand for?

CTE stands for Career Technical Education.  These fields address a broad spectrum of different technologies, from culinary arts to automotive technologies to medical technologies. Cypress College offers students many opportunities to gain world-class training in vocational and technical fields and a multitude of student support services to assist these students on their paths to vibrant technical careers.

The beauty of Career Technical Education classes is the combination of academic class information paired with a wealth of real-world examples and applications that serve the student well in a technical career.

Where can I teach?  In what kinds of class settings?

There are three options main options to teaching CTE classes:

-Teach CTE in K-12 educational settings (elementary, secondary school)
-Teach CTE in an Adult Education setting
-Teach CTE at the community college level

Of course, there are other teaching opportunities, such as technical and trade schools, but the focus of Cypress College's CTE teacher pipeline is for the first three options.

When can I begin teaching Career Technical Education classes?

There are a couple of options to choose from when it comes to the training you will need to start a teaching experience in career technical education, but the time to start thinking about teaching as a part of your career is NOW.  For information about how to incorporate teaching as part of your technical career, please request an informational brochure or visit our CTE webpage.

Why should I pursue a vocational or technical career pathway that includes teaching?

Including teaching as part of your vocational or technical career has the following benefits:
-Keep your career fresh by teaching it to others
-Contribute back to your field by training a new generation of highly-skilled workers
-Increase your employment opportunities with enhanced job skills
-Remain on the cutting edge of your career field as you become a teacher and lifelong learner
-Enhance your income potential by including teaching opportunities as part of your career path.

How does teaching relate to my career path?

As you advance in your career, you will be constantly training others in the workplace -- in other words, TEACHING. Why not make this aspect of your work an official part of your career?

How can I get more information about incorporating CTE teaching into my long-term career goals?

For more information about CTE careers and teaching, please visit our webpage at or phone our office at Cypress College at 714 484-7186.