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Secondary School Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teachers

Teach what you love to do!

High school CTE teachers specialize in helping students prepare for future careers by providing them with hands-on experience in their field of study. Whether it's healthcare or mechanics, learning "hard" skills while still in high school increases the chances that a student will go on to pursue a technical profession in the future. Often times bringing industry experience, CTE teachers work both theoretically and practically, creating challenges that their students are likely to encounter in the real-world. CTE teachers can take pride in knowning they help grow the skilled workforce that employers need.

CTE Instructors will be in demand over the next ten years to prepare a more advanced workforce.


21%b growth

They maintain a steady and comfortable income teaching something they love.


Entry-Level- $53031 median- $63153 experience- $72567

Is being a CTE Teacher right for you?*

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career as an educator. The percentage indicate the level of important of each of the skills.


Education & Training Instruction

Principles and methods for curriculum and training design with interest in passing knowledge to others and measuring the training effects


Communication Skills

Giving full attention to others and what they are saying while also conveying your own ideas clearly and concisely.


Service Oriented & Social Coordination

Looking for ways to help people and adjusting actions in relation to others' action, specifically for the purposes of being understood.

*Source: Texas Career Check

What does it take to be a CTE Educator?

Endorsement: Public Service

Career and Technical Education teachers must have at least a bachelor's degree and have years of hands-on experience in the area they are going to be teaching. Depending on the field being taught, employers may prefer licensure or certification in that field as well (e.g. Nursing classes would need a teacher who was an RN or LVN). Most important is the desire to share experiences and teach the students.

To be any kind of teacher in Texas, the teacher must have their teaching certification from the State Board of Educator Certification.  

Alternative Certification Programs

Alternative certification programs are attractive to individuals that may not have initially made teaching a career choice. Many school districts offer alternative certification programs. Persons that currently possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university interested in a teaching career should contact individual school districts for details.

 **Additional information can be obtained at the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

**The Texas Education Agency (TEA) also provides significant amount of additional information about numerous topics of interest to current and future teachers.

Helpful Technical Skills

  • Computer-based Training Software: Blackboard Learn, Desire2Learn, or Sakai CLE
  • Presentation Software: Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Database Interfaces: Microsoft Access, Oracle, Visual FoxPro

Gulf Coast Region Educator Preparation Programs

The State Board for Educator Certification has approved the educator preparation programs as part of the undergraduate degree programs offered at the area universities listed below. For more information about these university-based programs as well as post-baccalaureate and alternative/accelerated programs, visit Educator Certification Online System (ECOS).


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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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