Technical education in Vermont is taught by expert tradespeople.
The Career & Technical Teacher Education Program (CTTEP) is classified by the state of Vermont as an alternative route to licensure program, serving practicing educators who are teaching under an apprentice license. This program is designed to encourage and support these new career technical educators, no matter their background, in becoming experts in a new field: teaching. The Vermont Tech Career & Technical Teacher Education Program is an initial educational licensing route for new trade and industry instructors at Vermont's 17 career and technical centers.
To qualify for this program applicants must be either a high school graduate with at least six years experience in the desired trade, or hold an associate degree or higher with four years of experience. Once hired at a regional high school tech center, teachers can enter this three-year program to obtain their Level I Educator License. Not only will you meet other educators in monthly, full-day courses, when you're enrolled in the program you will learn how to create positive classroom environments, classroom management, how to craft engaging lessons, and how to meet the needs of diverse learners.
In early 2011, the Tech Center Directors, at the CTTEP Director's request, voted to adopt the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) and the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education's (NRCCTE) new CTE teacher induction program as the curriculum for the Teaching Methods courses starting in the 2011-12 school year. This was a major change in the program, as it now started with a two-week boot camp before the new teacher started in the classroom.
Even though the SREB/NRCCTE curriculum is intended to be stand alone, the Vermont Tech program includes an additional 12 credits. The additional courses go deeper in certain areas. The program is composed of 10 courses, ideally in the following sequence: