- The candidate must have substantially completed requirements for the initial CTE certificate
and submit the verification of enrollment form (4075E-1 or 4075G-1)
verifying they have enrolled in a CTE program.
- The applicant must be recommended by the employing school district.
- The candidate and CTE administrator must have a jointly developed professional growth plan which has been approved by the local school district CTE program advisory committee.
Professional Growth Plan must provide for:
- Issues related to legal liability
- The responsibilities of professional CTE educators
- The lines of authority in the employing school district and/or building
- Within 60 days, establish procedures for development of competencies in CTE methods, and General and specific safety.
- If the candidate does not have access to required coursework in the first 90 days, the CTE program advisory committee may authorize completion of coursework at a later date. Coursework must be completed prior to the second year of employment.
- Procedures and timelines must be developed for meeting the remaining requirements for the initial CTE certificate.
Routes to Initial CTE Certification
University route (Full teacher program in Agriculture, Business and Marketing Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Technology Education experience documentation is needed.
- One year of occupational industry experience (2,000 hours) in the subject area other than teaching, with the exception of *Family and Consumer Science Education. If all or part of the 2,000 hours is more than six years old, candidates must complete an additional 300 hours of recent (occurring in the last two years) occupational experience. Verification can be letters from past employers (indicating how long you worked for them), pay stubs and w2's. If using W2s or pay stubs, please submit a summary of job duties that align with the W2s or pay stubs.
- Must also apply for the Residency Teacher certificate or apply to add the endorsement to your teacher certificate and take and pass the basic skills test and the content knowledge test and obtain the Residency Teacher certificate or the endorsement before the Initial CTE certificate can be issued.
*Family and Consumer Science Education may use up to 2,000 hours of teaching experience in the area for which certification is sought, in lieu of the 2,000 hours of non-teaching experience. If all or part of the 2,000 hours is more than six years old, candidates must complete an additional 300 hours of recent (occurring in the last two years) experience. Verification can be the 4075H Verification of Teaching experience in Family and Consumer Science Education, letters from past or present employers, indicating how long you worked for them, pay stubs, and W2's. If using W2s or pay stubs, please submit a summary of job duties that align with the W2s or pay stubs.
CTE Business and Industry route (BLOCK II, PLAN 2) experience needed for the CTE probationary in any other specialty area:
Document 3 years (6,000 hours) of occupational experience in the specific CTE subcategory/specialty area for which certification is sought. A minimum of 2,000 hours must be industry occupational hours. The remaining 4,000 hours may be a combination of occupational hours and teaching hours. Teaching hours are calculated at the rate of 180 hours per class period per year and must be verified by a school district. One year (2,000 hours) must be within the past 6 years. If any of the 2,000 hours is more than 6 years old, 300 hours of the experience must be within the past 2 years. Verification can be letters from past employers (indicating how long you worked for them); pay stubs; w2's (if using W2s or paystubs, please send a summary of your experience/job duties) and volunteer hours that can be verified by the agency/entity where you did your volunteer work.
For BIOMEDICAL and BIOTECHNOLGY may use all 6,000 hours of teaching experience in Biology.
For STEM, all 6,000 hours of teaching experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math can be used.
The probationary CTE certificate may be renewed one time for 2 additional years:
- Upon recommendation by the employing district,
- If the individual has completed the procedures outlined for the first year in the professional growth plan, and
- If the individual has made additional progress in meeting the requirements for
initial CTE teacher certificate, see initial CTE.
- For the Business and Industry Route, here is where you can find
Washington Professional Standards Board-
The candidate must have
- Must hold a CTE probationary, Initial or Continuing certificate in a program area other than Worksite Learning and/or Career Choices.
WAC 181-77-068 Worksite Learning and Career Choices
- Completed a course in coordination techniques.
- Demonstrate competency in the CTE teacher preparation specialty standards (WAC 181-77A-180).