B.S. in Education - Career and Technical Teacher Education

The Career and Technical Teacher Education program prepares individuals to become certified as teachers of career and technical education (CTE) subjects in grades 7-12 in CTE and comprehensive high schools. The program leads to the B.S. in Education degree as well as the Initial and Professional Certificates valid for teaching specific CTE subjects.

Specific CTE subjects include career and technical subjects offered mostly in high school programs to prepare students for employment in technical and career areas including:

  • Health Careers - dental hygiene, restorative dentistry (dental lab technology), nursing, radiologic technology, vision care technology (Ophthalmic dispensing), etc.
  • Home & Consumer Sciences Careers - culinary arts, textile design, etc;
  • Technology Careers - computer technology, mechanical technology, electrical/electronic technology, graphic arts, mechanical;
  • Trades - aviation and/aerospace maintenance, automotive/vehicle mechanical repair; computer maintenance and repair; construction/building maintenance; computer-aided drafting; electrical installation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); printing/lithography; media communications; commercial art, and professional photography, construction, etc.

The content core courses for specialization in these technical and career areas are usually completed through other programs before students enroll in the CTE teacher preparation program. Students are also expected to satisfy a full-time work experience requirement prior to or during enrollment in the teacher education program. (Click here to view NYS Certification Requirements)


Graduates and program completers in CTE teach in the following settings:

  • CTE high schools
  • Boards of Cooperative Education services (BOCES) programs;
  • Comprehensive high schools;
  • Private trade and technical schools;
  • Business and industry training programs;

Many CTE program graduates have pursued graduate degrees in such areas as school leadership or administration and supervision and are increasingly taking up positions as Principals and Assistant Principals in New York City CTE high schools and beyond.

Technology Teacher Salaries: The base salary of NYC teachers is currently about $45,000 and starting salaries for recent graduates may be slightly over that.


Anyone with the any of the following qualifications is eligible to apply for admission to the CTE major:

  • Graduates of associate degree programs from City Tech or other colleges;
  • Graduates of comprehensive and CTE high schools or training programs who have at least four years of experience in a trade;
  • Career changers from business and industry who have had several years of industry experience in a trade or technical area.
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