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Career Technical Education

Lead Faculty: Dr. Jo Birdsell

National University's Division of Extended Learning is excited to be one of the first private universities in the state to offer a CTC-approved (under the new standards) Career Technical Education (CTE) Credential program. The CTE program, offered online for academic credit, prepares working professionals to transition their occupational skills and subject-matter expertise into the classroom and to ultimately transfer their years of knowledge to young adults in an educational setting.

Take your Subject-matter Expertise to the Next Level-
According to the California Association of Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (CAROCP), currently in California there are more than 3,900 Career Technical Education courses offered in areas such as information technology, agriculture, business, culinary arts, healthcare, construction, and auto technology. Also, there were nearly half a million Career Technical Education students in the 2006-2007 school year.

Contact us at 800.NAT-UNIV to learn more and to register today !

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for effective teaching
  • Develop a positive environment conducive to learning
  • Use knowledge of the diversity of language and culture in California to create of learning environment where all students can succeed
  • Use learning theory as the foundation of curriculum development and instructional practice
  • Use assessment to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students including, but not limited to English language learners (ELL), special needs, gifted students, the top 1/3 or the class, the middle 1/3 of the class and the bottom 1/3 of the class
  • Demonstrate ethical behaviors in the classroom, in the school and in the community
  • Describe the legal issues that impact the teaching profession including FRPA requirements and mandatory reporting
  • Create a list of school and community resources to meet the needs of students who struggle with issues of chemical dependency, abuse, violence, homelessness, and other issues impacting the quality of life
  • Describe and demonstrate OSHA safety requirements
  • Demonstrate effective application of the California Teacher Performance Expectations
  • Use the CTE California Standards and Frameworks to provide content knowledge to students concerning their chosen career path.
  • Use information processing to create lesson plans that meet the unique needs of the individual student
  • Demonstrate written and oral skills in devising and delivering lessons.
  • Design lessons and units that show students are engaged in developmentally appropriate learning


The National University teacher preparation program for Career Technical Education is a six-month, seven-course intensive program with a sequence of courses that includes supervised teaching that spans the entire program. If candidates are already teaching in a technical/vocational classroom, the supervised teaching will take place in their own classroom under the guidance and support of a University Supervisor and Site Mentor. Candidates who do not have their own classroom will need to secure employment in their subject specialty. All candidates will complete one term of supervised teaching (as defined by the employer). The University Supervisor will be responsible for guiding and evaluating the candidate. The Site Mentor will guide candidates, answer questions and provide encouragement and feedback.