ERIC Number: ED461770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing, Licensing, and Certifying Postsecondary Career and Technical Educators.
Bartlett, James E., II
The field of career and technical (CT) education does not have just one universal set of procedures for licensure or certification of postsecondary teachers. Procedures differ widely from state to state. Most postsecondary CT educators are not required to complete a teacher certification program and then be awarded a license to teach from the state. CT educators must be experts in the technical and the teaching and learning areas. Arguments against postsecondary certification are a policy inconsistent with other higher educational institutions and reduced access to prospective teachers in community and technical colleges. A benefit of licensure and certification is assurance that faculty members achieve minimal standards. CT educators can enter the field from either a technical skills or teaching/learning background. Pathways to develop knowledge of teaching and learning are traditional or online courses; mentorships; professional development activities; student teaching, teaching internships, induction; work experience; and industry internships. Technical experience can be obtained through traditional or distance courses; work experience; and professional development activities. The postsecondary instructor should continue his/her own professional development. New ways and processes to provide qualified CT teachers are a virtual learning environment and multiple methods for assessment. (Contains 56 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Certificates, Nontraditional Education, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Qualifications, Teachers, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
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Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.