Career Technical Education Teacher Preparation

The Career Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Preparation pathway provides a great option for professionals who wish to expand their career paths. They are provided with the opportunity to share years of insight and career expertise with a new generation of students  who possess similar passions. A career  in teaching is a gratifying way to impart a wealth of professional savvy within the career community.

Why Choose a Career in Teaching Vocational and Technical Education?

In today’s job market, there is an increasing emphasis on technology and progress. As a result, vocational and technical fields are the most rapidly expanding career paths of the modern college  student. In the 21st century, these fields will require well-trained educators and the real-life competencies that they bring to the academic community.

What is the Purpose of the CTE Teacher Training Pathway?

A student who chooses to follow the CTE Teacher Preparation pathway at Cypress College will gain expertise in his or her chosen vocational field while also preparing for a rewarding career teaching in that field. The goal of the CTE Teacher Preparation pathway is to prepare students for a vocational career, future transfer to  a four-year institution, and path to share their job skills with others through teaching.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 please contact Kathleen Reiland, Dean, Career Technical Education, at or (714) 484-7233.

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?

This is currently in development. If you are interested in this work, please contact Kathleen Reiland, Dean, Career Technical Education, at or (714) 484-7233.

Helpful Websites

If you are interested in a career in teaching — whether in a traditional K-12 setting or teaching Career Technical Education classes — the following websites may be of interest to you.

Commission on Teacher Credentialing: This website provides links to appropriate application forms, information about credentialing criteria, etc.

Vocational Information Center: This is a great website that provides many links to other websites with information about jobs, labor force projections, training opportunities, CTE information, teaching positions, standards and frameworks — an amazing wealth of information for anyone who is interested in teaching Career Technical Education classes.

U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics:  This website has information on workforce trends across the country and projections about in-demand careers — including jobs in career technical education.

TEACH California: A great resource for anyone who wants to work as a teacher in the state of California.

Association for Career and Technical Education: This website is a wonderful  “one-stop shop” for information about Career Technical Education resources, job bank, training events, and other resources for current and future CTE teachers.