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Overview of Career and Technical Education




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Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This course is designed to survey the history, philosophy, and general principles of career and technical education (CTE). Participants share ideas and resources as they learn to analyze current trends and meet challenges within the field. Using effective instructional methods in the CTE classroom, identifying resources for CTE programs and educators, overseeing student organizations, mobilizing stakeholders, and promoting CTE are also emphasized. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



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Career and Technical Education (CTE) Foundations

  • Describe the history and development of CTE.
  • Identify the essential characteristics and components of CTE and its impact on multicultural society.
  • Explain the major educational philosophies that influence CTE.
  • Develop a personal philosophy of CTE.

Current Trends and Challenges of Career and Technical Education (CTE): Resources for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher

  • Analyze current trends in CTE.
  • Describe how federal legislation and federal funding revenue streams impact CTE.
  • Explain how CTE can be looked at as both a structural and instructional approach.
  • Generate strategies to overcome challenges associated with CTE.
  • Locate useful resources for CTE teachers.
  • Compare state resources for CTE teachers.
  • Identify the importance of collaboration at all levels to support both teachers and students and to make a CTE program successful.
  • Locate professional organizations available to career and technical educators and the role they play in developing policy, practices, and legislation in CTE.

Inside the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Classroom

  • Develop CTE materials for a specific program area using instructional principles and best practices for improving student outcomes.
  • Align standards to CTE curriculum.
  • Incorporate technology to support student career development.
  • Evaluate effective strategies for managing the CTE classroom.

Outside the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Classroom

  • Identify external factors that influence the CTE classroom.
  • Describe methods to mobilize stakeholders.
  • Create plans to promote and emphasize the integral role of career and technical student organizations (CTSOs).
  • Identify effective methods of advocating for CTE programs.


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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