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Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Utilize your military experience and technical skills by teaching today’s youth. Pursue an occupation-based teacher certification through the University of Louisville. KY VALLO has teamed-up with the University of Louisville to offer courses that support vocational education/career and technical education certification through the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) New Teacher Institute (NTI). The New Teacher Institute is a 24-month long program for occupation-based Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers pursuing professional teacher certification in Kentucky.

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What is considered a CTE class?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an essential component of the high school curriculum. For many students, it represents as much as a third of their high school experience. It is a critical component in meeting the needs of students in academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation and leadership development. Successful transition to postsecondary education, work or the military is one of the goals of Kentucky's educational system. The percentage of students making successful transition is a component of the high school accountability index. (Kentucky Department of Education, June 2020)

What is offered during New Teacher Institute?

The 24-month NTI program offers a combination of face-to-face learning, online assignments, and classroom-based mentor support. While participating in NTI, the teacher is provisionally certified through EPSB.

For more information regarding U of L’s New Teacher Institute, check out https://louisville.edu/education/degrees/cte-teacher-certification

I’m interested in becoming a CTE instructor, how do I get started?

1.

Determine your occupation-based content area of expertise. Here’s a list to help you chose:

  • Air Conditioning and Heating

  • Airframe and Power Plant Mechanics

  • Allied Health

  • Auto Body Repairs

  • Auto Technology

  • Aviation Technology

  • Building Maintenance

  • Business and Marketing

  • Carpentry

  • Commercial & Rec Small Engine Technology

  • Computer Aided Drafting

  • Computer Graphics Technology

  • Computer Systems Technology

  • Cosmetology

  • Culinary and Food Services

  • Diesel Technology

  • Dietetics

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Electricity

  • Electronics

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • Energy

  • Engineering Technology

  • Fire Service Technology

  • Health Science

  • Heavy Equipment Repair

  • Industrial Maintenance Technology

  • Law Enforcement

  • Machine Tool Technology

  • Manufacturing Technology

  • Marine Technology

  • Masonry

  • Plumbing

  • Power Technology

  • Pre-Law

  • Sheet Metal

  • Small Engine Repair

  • Veterinary Assistant

  • Video Production

  • Welding

2.

Find a teaching job. You’ll need to secure employment before you are admitted into the program. Here are some helpful links to get you started:

Note: If you are interested in a teaching position within a specific city or county, you’ll want to reach out to their respective district office or Board of Education. Each district is responsible for posting vacancies on their own website. They also determine the paygrade in which you will start based on your qualifications.

To get an idea of pay, check out the following table:

Rank III

Rank II

Rank I

Four years of successful and appropriate occupation experience in the area to be taught, two years must have occurred in the last five years, AND occupation-based BACHELOR degree within the specific technical field in which certification was issued, or in Career and Technical Education

Four years of successful and appropriate occupation experience in the area to be taught, two years must have occurred in the last five years, AND occupation-based ASSOCIATE degree within the specific technical field in which certification was issued, or in Career and Technical Education

Four years of successful and appropriate occupation experience in the area to be taught, two years must have occurred in the last five years, AND occupation-based BACHELOR degree within the specific technical field in which certification was issued, or in Career and Technical Education

I was offered a teaching position, what’s next?

Once you have been recommended as the top candidate for the position, you will need to complete the certification process.

  • Click here to access the Form CA-1 Application for Certification or Rank Change.

  • The is no application fee for initial certification.


Submit your completed application and high school and/or college transcripts to:

Kentucky Department of Education

Division of Educator Licensure and Quality

300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor

Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

 

Once received, a certification specialist will reach out if they require any additional documents. If not, you will able to proceed with taking the NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) exam.

  • Fee for the exam is $67.00