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Initial Career and Technical Educator (CTE) Certificate

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The Initial CTE certificate is the first level certificate that an educator can apply for if they have completed either the university route or the business & industry route CTE program and have verified the required experience for each CTE area (VCODE).

Plan 1 University (Full Teacher Program) Requirements

Plan 1 is for obtaining the CTE Agriculture Ed, CTE Business & Marketing Ed, CTE Family & Consumer Science Ed, and CTE Technology Ed endorsements.

  • Must hold a bachelor's degree which includes a minimum of 45 quarter hours of study in the specific CTE specialty area
  • Must complete any state's approved CTE program in one of the four broad endorsement areas: Agriculture Education, Business and Marketing Education, **Family and Consumer Sciences Education or Technology Education - To view university routes in Washington please follow the University Route Programs link. Form 4075E
  • Must complete an approved content knowledge test (WEST-E or other approved test) in the specific subject area candidate is being recommended - To view testing information, please follow the  Information on Testing link.
  • Must attest to completion of an issues of abuse course for more information see WAC 181-79A-030(9). This course MUST be entered under the 'PD Hours' section of your E-Certification account prior to applying
  • One year of occupational industry experience (2,000 hours) in the subject area other than teaching in the past 10 years. If all or part of the 2,000 hours is more than 10 years old, candidates must complete an additional 300 hours of recent (occurring in the last two years) occupational experience, which can be volunteer hours in the CTE subject area. Volunteer hours can only be used for the 300 hours of current industry experience. Please use this form for your non-teaching experience Form 4075V.
  • Must also apply for the Residency Teacher Certificate or apply to add the endorsement to your teacher certificate and take the basic skills test in reading, writing, and math 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 Ed Note: Teaching experience may be used for the 2,000 hours of experience. Form 4075H

ISSUES OF ABUSE COURSE NOTE: The issues of abuse course or course work must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an educator to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.


Plan 2 Business & Industry (Specialty Program Areas) Requirements

Plan 2 is for Specialty Areas within Agriculture, Business & Marketing, Health & Human Services, and Skills & Technology Sciences.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The plan 2 CTE program will not gain the CTE Agriculture V010000; Business & Marketing Ed V0780000; CTE Family & Consumer Science Ed V200002 or CTE Technology Ed V210100 VCODES.
  • Must complete a Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) approved program for the B&I Route or any other out of state approved Business and Industry route program. To view the B&I routes list for Washington follow the Business and Industry route link. Form 4075G
  • Must attest to completion of an issues of abuse course for more information see WAC 181-79A-030(9). This course MUST be entered under the 'PD Hours' section of your E-Certification account prior to applying
  • Must take the basic skills test in reading, writing, and math. To view testing information follow the Information on Testing link. RCW 28A.410.220

ISSUES OF ABUSE COURSE NOTE: The issues of abuse course or course work must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an educator to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.

EXPERIENCE NOTE:

  • A total of three years (6,000 hours) of occupational experience needs to be verified in the past 10 years.. One year of occupational industry experience (2,000 hours) in the subject area other than teaching must be verified. If all or part of the 2,000 hours is more than ten years old, candidates must complete an additional 300 hours of recent (occurring in the last two years) occupational experience, which can be volunteer hours in the CTE subject area. Volunteer hours can only be used for the 300 hours of current industry experience. Please download this form for Verification of employment Form 4075V
  • The applicant may use up to 4,000 hours of teaching experience in the CTE subject area along with the 2,000 hours of occupational experience (non-teaching) in the past 10 years. Please download this form for Verification of teaching experience Form 4075H

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE AND HEALTH SCIENCE BIOTECHNOLOGY HOURS NOTE: May use all 6,000 hours of teaching experience in biology. Please submit form 4075H.

STEM HOURS NOTE: May use all 6,000 hours of teaching experience in science, technology, engineering and/or math. Please submit form 4075H.

OUT OF STATE NOTE: Must submit a copy of out of state CTE (vocational) certificate and verification of three years teaching in grades 7-12 in the specific subject area OR verification of a CTE program completion from another state. 2,000 hours of non-teaching industry experience in the specific specialty area in the past ten years must be verified.

One full year (2,000 hours) of non-teaching industry experience in the specific specialty area in the past 10 years must be verified. Please submit form 4075V.

  • Out of state applicants applying for Agriculture, Business and Marketing Ed, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Technology Ed the 2,000 hours of non-teaching industry experience in the past ten years needs to be verified. Form 4075V. Applicants must also apply for the Residency Teacher Certificate and meet all requirements for the Residency Teacher Certificate before the Initial CTE Certificate can be issued.

All other CTE specialty areas, please see experience note above.

Apply

Please have all your forms, documents and verification in PDF format attachments in order to "upload" your documents during the application process. If you have all necessary documentation to apply for this certificate, login to: E-Certification

*IMPORTANT: Please note that application fees are NOT refundable. Ensure that you select and submit the correct application. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact our office cert@k12.wa.us.