CTE Professional Knowledge Course Series

The Career and Technical Education Administrator certificate is designed to provide individuals with foundational knowledge in career and technical education theory, philosophy, and practice, preparing individuals to be knowledgeable and effective career and technical education administrators in local school districts.  The certificate is articulated with the educational leadership administrative certification program offered through the College of Education.  The coursework may meet the requirements to lead to Supervisor certification through the Arizona Department of Education; two of the courses articulate with the principal certification program.  The certificate is a hybrid learning program; a combination of on campus and distance-based coursework.


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  • Current students do not need to re-apply to pursue the Career and Technical Education Administration Certificate. 
  • All CTE courses may be taken at an undergraduate or graduate level for continuing education.
  • CTE courses may be completed to satisfy deficiencies in your teaching certificate. 
  • The CTE courses have no prerequisite course requirements. 

Career and Technical Education Administrator Certificate Courses

EDL 565 School Finance 

3 credits • Summer 2021 (Five Week - Second) • Fall 2021 (Seven Week - First) 

Historical background of the financing of education in the United States; economics and principles; sources and distribution of funds for education; budgeting, accounting, and reports.


EDL 560 Trends in Educational Leadership

3 credits • Fall 2021 

This class is an introduction to the foundations of educational administration and leadership. An open social-systems model of schools provides the theoretical framework that organizes and relates this theory and research to educational administration practice.


CTE 400/500 Principles and Philosophy of Career and Technical Education

2 credits • Summer 2021 (Five Week - Second) 

Understanding the historical social and economic values of career and technical education through investigation of federal laws, and state policies. As well as, developing a symbiotic philosophy with administration, theories, and principles in mind in regards to programs in the secondary school.


CTE 410/510 Curriculum Development in Career and Technical Education

2 credits • Fall 2021 (Seven Week - Second)

Creating an understanding for the development of robust classroom curriculum, aligned with Arizona State and CTE standards, and incorporating learning devices geared for student success. This development process will focus on the total program within CTE, and assist in planning year-long curriculum maps with an emphasis on writing objectives, cross walking standards, and elaboration on objective building for full lesson creation and implementation. Lesson content and teaching methods will be tailored into the next course of CTE 420/520. 


CTE 420/520 Classroom Instructional Development for Career and Technical Education

2 credits • Fall 2021 (Seven Week - Second)

Implementing principles of teaching and learning based on classroom instruction objectives, as well as, development of content for lesson planning. Based on contextual needs within specific CTE programming, methodology, instruction techniques, and assessments will be developed. Basic classroom management skills will also be compared. 

CTE 430/530 Career and Technical Student Organization Development

2 credits • Spring 2021 (Seven Week - Second) 

This module focuses on the Career and Technical Student Organizational aspects of the total CTE program. Understanding your role as an advisor will assist in carrying out the program of work for your organization, management of the organization, and implementing pivotal leadership training to ensure student success in developing an effective youth organization.


CTE 440/540 Maximizing Work Based Learning within Career and Technical Education

2 credits 

This course focuses on the work based learning aspects of the total CTE program through project development, and administration, student, and parent understanding, an effective work-based learning plan can be established within your program. This starts with the advisor’s role in developing how projects will be carried out, site visit checks implemented, and record keeping for state and national awards.


CTE 450/550 Assessment in Career and Technical Education

2 credits 

This course addresses instructional assessment in career and technical education classrooms.  Students will study informal and formal assessment strategies and practice creating and using assessment instruments for individual students, groups and programs.


CTE 460/560 Serving Special Needs Learners in Career and Technical Education

2 credits 

This course addresses the legal issues, instructional and behavioral strategies, and assessment for instruction for students with special needs in the Career and Technical Education classroom, laboratory and CTSO activities.


CTE 470/570 Personal Leadership Development in Career and Technical Education

2 credits 


Interested in learning more about CTE courses?

For more information, please contact Mr. Matt Lewis or Dr. Amber Rice.

Email Mr. Lewis at mattlewis@arizona.edu 

Email Dr. Rice at amrice@arizona.edu