Career and Technology Teacher Education

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

Phone: 718-260-5373

Technology Teacher Education/BS in Ed

In technology teacher education, prospective teachers develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to teach technology education in kindergarten through 12th grade. Technology education is a comprehensive hands-on program designed to enable students in kindergarten through 12th grade to develop technological literacy. Technological literacy is the ability to develop, use, manage, understand and assess technology.

Although the primary goal of the Technology Teacher Education program is to prepare competent technology teachers, alternate career opportunities exist for graduates of the program. Many graduates have established careers in business and industry, taking advantage of their technical expertise and their liberal arts and professional education with its emphasis on human development and learning. A master’s degree is required for the New York State professional certificate as a technology teacher. Graduates of our baccalaureate program in technology teacher education have the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in instructional technology, educational administration and supervision, special education, or other education specialties that are offered at The City University and elsewhere in the country.

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 Technology Teacher Education

Students may enter the bachelor of science in education (BSEd) degree program as freshmen if they meet the general College criteria for baccalaureate admissions. They may transfer in from one of the City Tech AAS, AA or AS programs before or after completing the associate degree. Students may transfer from other colleges if they meet College criteria for transfer admissions. Applicants with questions are advised to consult the Office of Admissions. It is not necessary to have earned an associate degree before transfer into the program. Transcripts of entering students will be evaluated to determine the courses they must complete for the degree. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for transfer into the program.

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.

Program Completion and Certification

Students must receive a grade of “B” or better in each course taken in 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 to 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. The proposed curriculum requires successful completion of a total of 123 credits distributed as follows: 58 credits of general education (arts and sciences core) courses, 36 credits of technology education content core courses and 29 credits of pedagogical core courses. Students who complete the degree program of study are recommended for the New York State initial teaching certificate. By completing the degree program of study, students also fulfill the NYSTCE requirements. (See the department chair for further information.)

The Transitional C Certificate Program in Technology-Education

The Technology Teacher Education curriculum prepares prospective teacher candidates for the initial teaching certificate through the bachelor of science in education degree program or the professional certificate through the Transitional C Certificate program. The Transitional C program is offered for career changers and others who hold an appropriate graduate academic or professional degree and have been issued a Transitional C certificate. The Transitional C certificate is issued only to candidates who have a written commitment from a hiring school district, which must provide mentoring to the candidate during the first two years of teaching. Candidates must enroll in the intensive program leading to the professional certificate in technology education. In order to receive the professional certificate, candidates must complete three years of teaching and up to 20 semester hours of coursework in the technology education pedagogical core after receiving the Transitional C certificate. They must pass all three New York State Teacher Certification Examinations to qualify for the professional certificate.

The Technology Teacher Education program at New York City College of Technology is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and nationally recognized by the International Technology and Engineering Education Association Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education (ITEEA-CTETE).

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, 4 credits)

MAT 1275 or higher2 College Algebra and Trigonometry 4

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 4-5 credits)
Select one of the following courses

PHYS 1111 Principles of Science I 4
PHYS 1433 General Physics I: Algebra Based 4
PHYS 1441 General Physics I: Calculus Based 5


In addition to the required course listed below, select one course from each of the other four areas; plus one additional course from any of the five areas; no more than two courses may be selected from any discipline. 15

World Cultures and Global Issues

Any Approved Course

US Experience in its Diversity

Any Approved Course

Individual and Society

Any Approved Course

Creative Expression

Any Approved Course

Scientific World Select one of the following courses

PHYS 1112 Principles of Science II 4
PHYS 1434 General Physics II: Algebra Based 4
PHYS 1442 General Physics II: Calculus Based 5


• 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 (26 Credits)

EDU 2362 Methods of Teaching in Career and Technology Education 3
EDU 3410 Technology Education Foundations and Curriculum Development 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 (33 credits)

EDU 1400 Design and Drafting I 2
EDU 14204 Construction Systems 3
EDU 2400 Design and Drafting II 2
EDU 2410 Survey of Technological Development 3
EDU 24405 Manufacturing Systems 3
EDU 24606 Communications Systems 4
EDU 3400 Technological Systems 3
EDU 34207 Electronic Systems 4
EDU 3440 Transportation Systems 3
EDU 4480 Principles of Engineering 3
EDU 44408

CST 2403
Electronic and Robotic Systems
Introductory C++ Programming Language


Program-Specific Liberal Arts and Science Requirements

MAT 1375 Precalculus9 4
PHYS 1111

PHYS 1433

PHYS 1441
Principles of Science I
General Physics I: Algebra Based
General Physics I: Calculus Based

Met as GenEd
PHYS 1112

PHYS 1434

PHYS 1442
Principles of Science II
General Physics II: Algebra Based
General Physics II: Calculus Based

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 Public Speaking or higher Met as GenEd
ARB, ASL, CHN, FREN, or SPA (Intermediate)10 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 Students without the requisite math background to enter MAT 1275 must take MAT 1175 in preparation; this will increase the number of required credits for the degree by 4.

3 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. The number of elective credits will vary depending upon students’ choices in the Core and College Option areas; choosing a higher credit-hour course may increase the number of credits to graduate by 1.

4 Acceptable substitutes for EDU 1420 are CMCE 1114 and ENT 1110

5 An acceptable substitute for EDU 2440 is both MECH 1101 + MECH 1201

6 An acceptable substitutes for EDU 2460 is COMD 1167

7 Acceptable substitutes for EDU 3420 are EET 1122, ETN 1102, or ETN 1302

8 An acceptable substitute for EDU 4440 is ETN 1302.

9 Students who have already satisfied this requirement may take any elective course to reach a minimum of 123 credits.

10 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.