Program Courses

Introduction to Career and Technical Teacher Education

This introductory course to Career and Technical certification is designed to help teacher-candidates lay out their professional development plan based upon a Skills Standards Inventory of their current work experience, skills, talents, and competencies. The plan may include certification or re-certification as a Career and Technical instructor in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code and the Revised State Skills Standards. Introduction to safety and health issues and the incorporation of safety practices into curriculum and classroom management are also covered.

History and Philosophy of Career and Technical Education

This course is a study of the history of Career and Technical Education; the impact of the educational reform on Career and Technical Education and workforce development and Career and Technical Education’s importance within our society. Topics include: leaders in vocational education; societal influences on vocational curriculum design; legislative initiatives, social issues and organizations involved in and impacting Career and Technical and workforce development education.

CTE Organization and Curriculum Design

This course includes an analysis of the teacher-candidate’s vocational field including skills, competencies, knowledge, attitudes, performance expectations and trends and the structuring and organizing of instructional materials including goals, objectives, benchmarks, outlines, syllabus and lesson plans along with curriculum design (sequence of learning topics and instructional units).

Teaching Strategies

This dynamic instructional course addresses a broad spectrum of instructional and assessment strategies, designing lessons to encourage appropriate outcomes and behaviors of all learners; in-depth study of learning styles and outcomes, along with developing a personal philosophy of teaching and classroom observation and instruction.

Advanced CTE Teaching Strategies

This instructional course will include more in-depth knowledge in instructional methods and strategies and their applications for CTE teachers. Methods may include the art of questioning, project-based learning, action research, classroom design and strategies for involving the community and parents. CTE job analysis training will be included. Prerequisite: Teaching Strategies

Classroom Management

An exciting course that will equip teacher candidates with an understanding and skills to manage the classroom or instructional area; facilitate a safe learning environment; and be able to respond to other contingencies that may arise (including disciplinary issues).

Classroom Assessment and Evaluation

Learning has to be measured to see where students are in comprehending concepts and developing skills; this course will focus on the diversity of learning styles and behaviors and ways of meaningfully assessing learning in a variety of contexts. Prerequisite: Teaching Strategies

Legal Issues—Rights and Responsibilities and Issues of Abuse

This course introduces you to school law and educational policies including covering such subjects as: FERPA, curriculum, student free speech rights, student discipline, EEO, students with special needs, federal, state and local statutory rights of teachers, teacher employment, collective bargaining, and related educational policies (state, local, district). It will also discuss and provide insights and understanding of issues related to abuse including (but not limited to) identification of physical, emotional, sexual and substance abuse; information on the impact of abuse on the behavior and learning abilities of students; discussion on the responsibilities of teachers to report abuse or provide assistance to students who are the victims of abuse; and methods for teaching students about abuse of all types and their prevention.

Program Development: Implementing CTE Standards

Develop and refine the skills needed to implement an action plan for promoting, sustaining and keeping current your CTE course. Create dynamic partnerships with key community and business partners to enhance and increase work-based learning opportunities. Integrate academic standards and 21st Century Skills to prepare students to meet their education and career goals. Class meets online with two required in-person meetings on Saturdays, February 1, March 8. Registration requires permission from Program Director, Luisa Motten. This needs to be one of the culminating classes in the program and is designed specifically for teacher-candidates who have been teaching for seven years or more.

Student and Personal Leadership Development

The focus will be on leadership development, understanding what leadership is, how to integrate student leadership into your classroom, and the advantages to student-learners of joining on-campus groups and related leadership opportunities. Teacher candidates will create their own professional development plan.

Practicum: Demonstration of CTE Competencies

The Practicum is used to demonstrate and validate that the teacher candidate is qualified for certification and well prepared to teach Career and Technology Education (CTE) classes in the State of Washington. The Practicum is arranged with the program administrator. The Practicum is required for all teacher candidates in the CTE program.

Work Based Learning Coordination Techniques

This intensive three-day interactive class will provide you the knowledge, management skills and the ability to develop, implement, manage and evaluate a diversified work-based learning program (following the framework of federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies.) Learn techniques for developing partnerships with the community and employers in order to improve basic and innovative curriculum and instructional practices. Gain understanding of the essential academic learning requirements and skills for the entry level worker, and look at a variety of methods to insure that student-learners master the essential academic learning requirements (linking classroom to the world of work).


Contact South’s Continuing Education Department at 206.934.5339 or

Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Web site.