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CTE Teacher


Become a Career Technical Education (CTE) Teacher- Make a Difference!

Students often complain that education taken in high school or college is not relevant to the "real world".  Becoming a CTE Teacher is one way to make education relevant for students, giving them a strong education and practical skills to lead to employment and/or further education. 

CTE stands for Career Technical Education, encompassing rewarding opportunities in a variety of fields.  SCC offers CTE  programs that can get you on your way to a rewarding career in industry and then on your way to becoming a CTE Teacher. The following SCC programs can be linked to a career as a CTE Teacher: Finance & BusinessSurveying/Mapping Science, and Water Utility Science

Unlike most subjects where a bachelor's degree is required to teach, CTE offers a fast track to teaching at the high school or college level.  An associate degree from SCC and a few years of experience in the field may be all that you need.  This makes CTE teaching a great option while working in the field or continuing toward a higher degree. 

CTE Teacher Preparation


Designated Subjects Career Technical Education Teaching Credential 

  • 3 years experience in the field you want to teach
  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrated proficiency in basic reading, writing and mathematics
    • Pass the CBEST- California Basic Educational Skills Test.
  • Recommendation by a Commission-approved CTE program sponsor, such as:
    • CSU San Bernardino, UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, Fresno Pacific University, National University, various County offices of Education.
  • Credential valid for 3 years

Community College Instructor Employment Requirements

  • Associate Degree, plus 6 years work experience, OR
  • Bachelor's Degree, plus 2 years work experience, OR
  • Master's Degree