Career and Technology Teacher Education

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300 Jay Street
Pearl Bldg 510 (P-510)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5373

Career and Technical Teacher Education/BS in Ed

The Career and Technical Teacher Education program provides students with the required professional knowledge and skills as career technical education subject teachers leading to the initial and professional New York State certifications, New York City licensure and the bachelor’s degree in education. Men and women with career and technical backgrounds in such diverse fields as aviation and aerospace maintenance, electrical/electronics, computer technology, graphic arts, construction technology, restorative dentistry, vision care technology and culinary arts, among many others, can complete the baccalaureate program to prepare for teaching positions in public, career and technical education (CTE) and comprehensive high schools, Boards of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES), correctional institutions, private trade schools and for a variety of training positions in industry.

Graduates of the program who wish to advance to supervisory and administrative positions in education can pursue graduate degrees in various areas of education, which are available in The City University of New York and elsewhere.

Several colleges and universities across the country also offer graduate programs for baccalaureate degree holders in career and technical teacher education who wish to pursue careers in college and university teaching. Because entrance requirements differ from one institution to another, those interested in further education should discuss their educational plans with an academic advisor at the earliest opportunity.

Program Mission and Outcomes

Our mission, as urban educators, is to prepare professionally competent, reflective and caring technical educators for a world of technology and diversity. Therefore, every graduate of the program is prepared to demonstrate:

  • General Knowledge – based on a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences that forms the basis for our shared values, understandings and responsibilities in a democracy.
  • Technical Competency – including knowledge and skill in career and technical education content areas to enable students to achieve high standards of learning and performance.
  • Professional Competency – based on knowledge of students and proficiency in designing instruction appropriate for their developmental levels and needs; proficiency in designing, planning, implementing and managing the instructional process in a safe and nurturing environment; and using a variety of methods, assessment techniques and resources.
  • Competency in the Use of Technology – ability to use modern computer technology and the Internet to facilitate and enhance the instructional process and student learning.
  • Caring Dispositions – personal and interpersonal characteristics that build upon and enhance dispositions to be caring professionals who have respect for learners of every age and background.
  • Reflective Practice – critical analysis, evaluation and continuous improvement of professional practice and life-long learning.
  • Sensitivity to Diversity – awareness of the diverse cultures that make up our urban schools, communities and our global society; and the basis for practices that support and meet students’ learning needs.

Admission into the Career and Technical Teacher Education Program

Students may enter the program as freshmen if they meet the general College criteria for admission. Alternatively, they may transfer from one of the City Tech AAS programs before or after completing the associate degree. Students from other colleges may also apply for admission as transfer students if they meet College criteria for transfer admission. Students with questions are advised to consult the Office of Admissions. An associate degree in career and technical teacher education is not required for admission to the BS in Ed program. Students transferring from other colleges or from programs within City Tech will have their academic records evaluated to determine their appropriate placement in the program. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for transfer.

Regardless of the mode of admission, prospective students must meet CUNY proficiency requirements. To be admitted to teacher education, all applicants must write an essay and must be interviewed by program faculty to determine their eligibility for state certification and potential for success in the program.

Occupational Experience Verification and Competency Validation

All prospective students of the program must be prepared to provide documentation of appropriate work experience in the occupational area for which they will ultimately seek state teaching certification. The duration of occupational experience that will be required depends on the student’s previous educational background as follows: high school diploma or equivalent – four years; associate degree or higher in appropriate occupation – two years.

Students who do not meet the work experience requirement but who received appropriate occupational training through a CTE high school or an associate degree program will be required to have a plan for acquiring the required work experience prior to applying for the initial certificate.

Degree-seeking students must also satisfy the content core requirement in order to be eligible for graduation. The content core requirement may be satisfied in any of the following ways:

  • Possessing an approved national or state license in the relevant career or technical specialty (for example, NYS Registered Nursing license, NYS Dental Assisting license and the FAA Airframe and Power Plant licenses); or
  • Passing the performance and written tests of the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) in the relevant occupation; or
  • Completing at least 30 credits of college coursework at the associate or baccalaureate level in a relevant career or technical specialty.

Program Completion and Certification

Students must receive a grade of “B” or better in each course taken with an EDU prefix. Any student earning a grade lower than “B” in an EDU course may not progress in the program without repeating the course and earning a minimum grade of “B or better”. No course in the programs may be repeated more than once. In the event of failure or a grade of B- or lower the student will be will be required to change to another major outside the Career & Technology Teacher Education Department. They must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in order to continue in the program beyond 12 credits and enroll in student teaching. Student teaching is required for program completion and a college recommendation for New York State certification. Student teaching applications must be submitted to the teacher education faculty no later than November 30 for student teaching in the spring semester and April 30 for student teaching in the fall semester. A minimum grade point average of 2.7 is required for graduation. Applicants for the New York State teaching certificate must meet the following requirements:

  • Initial Certificate – Associate degree or its equivalent in the career, technical, or trade subject area; and passing the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)
  • Professional Certificate – the Initial Certificate, 45 additional college credits and passing the NYSTCE examinations.

(See the department chair for further information concerning certification examinations.)

Teacher Education Programs

Teacher Education Programs at City Tech




English Composition (2 courses, 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3 credits)

MAT 1190 or higher Quantitative Reasoning 3

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 4 credits)

PHYS 1111 Principles of Science I or higher3
(one year sequence with Scientific World class, below)


In addition to the required courses listed below, select one course from each of the other three areas; plus one additional course from any of the five areas; no more than two courses may be selected from any discipline. 12

World Cultures and Global Issues

Any Approved Course

US Experience in its Diversity

Any Approved Course

Individual and Society

PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Creative Expression

Any Approved Course

Scientific World

PHYS 1112 Principles of Science II or higher
(one year sequence with Life and Physical Science, above)


• One course in Speech/Oral Communication
COM 1330

Public Speaking or higher

• One interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences course
(Any approved course)

• Two additional liberal arts courses to reach a minimum total of 42 credits in general education. In meeting their general education requirements overall, students must take at least one advanced liberal arts course or two sequential courses in a foreign language. 6

Writing Intensive Requirement

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.


Pedagogical Core (31 Credits)

EDU 2510 Orientation to Career and Technical Education 3
EDU 2520 Occupational Analysis and Curriculum Organization 3
EDU 2354 Laboratory Organization and Management of Instruction 2
EDU 2362 Methods of Teaching in Career and Technology Education 3
EDU 3630 Assessing Student Learning Outcomes 3
EDU 3640 Computers in Education 3
EDU 3650 Mainstreaming in Career and Technology Education 3
EDU 3670 Methods of Literacy Instruction in Teacher Education 3
EDU 3681 Internship in Career and Technology Teacher Education 2
EDU 4600 Professional Development Seminar 2
EDU 4871 Supervised Student Teaching in Career and Technology Education 4

Content Core (30 credits)

EDU 3700 Practicum in Occupational Competency: Performance 15
EDU 3720 Practicum in Occupational Competency: Written 15

Program-specific Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements

MAT 1190 or higher Quantitative Reasoning Met as GenEd
MAT 1272 or higher Statistics 3
PHYS 1111 or higher Principles of Science I Met as GenEd
PHYS 1112 or higher Principles of Science II Met as GenEd
PSY 2501/EDU 2610 Child and Adolescent Development 3
PSY 3502/EDU 3610 Human Learning and Instruction 3
SOC 2401 Society, Technology and Self 3
COM 1330 or higher Public Speaking Met as GenEd
ARB, ASL, CHN, FREN, or SPA (Intermediate)3 3
LIB 1201 Research and Documentation in the Information Age 3

1 This program has received a waiver to require particular courses in the Common Core. Students who do not take these courses to meet their GenEd requirements may not be able to complete the degree program within the regular number of credits.

2 Complete lists of liberal arts and sciences courses and advanced liberal arts courses, as well as semester-specific lists of interdisciplinary courses and writing intensive courses, are available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

3 Students can choose to take introductory language courses to satisfy some areas in the Flexible Core/College Option areas. Those who do not may need 3-6 additional credits to complete the degree program.