Career & Technical Teacher Education

South Seattle College's Continuing Education offers flexible, affordable preparation classes for those working toward their Career & Technical Education Certification (CTE) in Washington State. Additionally, South’s program is an approved Plan II "Business and Industry" course of study for secondary teachers leading to the initial state teaching certificate by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

What Is a CTE Certification?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports basic academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, preparation for industry-defined work, and advanced and continuing education.

In Washington State, CTE teachers are required to hold a CTE Teaching Certificate, issued in one of the specific CTE specialties upon completion of a Washington State Board of Education-approved program as well as documentation of 6,000 hours of paid occupational experience in the specific sub-category or specialty area.

Why Come to South for Your Certification?

South’s program is designed to give individuals independence in the program through classes arranged with the working professional in mind, as well as online classes that offer greater flexibility. Core classes are offered each quarter to meet the needs of prospective teachers, and teacher candidates may start any quarter of the year.

To help you understand the program and how to register, please click on one of the links below for more information.

Certification Overview

This page includes a brief program description and an overview of the application process.

Program Oversight

Our Program Education Advisory Committee (PEAC), made up of experienced Career and Technical Education (CTE) professionals from around the regions, ensures the quality of the program. These experienced CTE teachers and administrators serve to oversee the program, conduct program reviews and suggest continual improvements. The PEAC was instrumental in the recent State of Washington program new design and reapproved by OSPI’s Professional Board of Standards. See the list of current advisory board members.

Registration Process for CTE Classes

Visit this area for a class schedule and fee information, online registration and payment and cancellation policies. South’s course of study covers all the required competencies delineated in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).


Contact South’s Continuing Education Department at 206-934-5339 or
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Web site.