• What is Career and Technical Education

    Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation. CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. In fact, the high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators is about 96 percent – 15 percentage points higher than the national average.

    PPS currently has 78 state approved secondary programs spread across 12 campuses representing the six career clusters:

    • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Systems
    • Business and Management
    • Human Resources
    • Arts, Information and communications
    • Health Sciences
    • Industrial and Engineering Systems
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  • Licensure

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) is content, programs, and instructional strategies based on business and industry skill sets and needs. Instruction incorporates standards-based academic content, technical skills, and workplace behaviors necessary for success in careers of the 21st century. CTE incorporates applied learning that contributes to the individual’s development of higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of an industry, including entrepreneurship.

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  • Different Ways to Endorse

    Applying directly from Business and Industry

    Applicants from Business and Industry who are eligible for CTE licensure apply for the Restricted CTE License in the career area for which they are qualified to teach. The Restricted CTE Teaching License qualifies its holder to teach in an ODE-approved Career and Technical Education Program of Study in an Oregon school district, education service district, or charter school assignment. The Restricted CTE Teaching License is issued to qualified individuals who have at least an associate degree or equivalent, and relevant and documented industry work experience, but have not completed a teacher preparation program.

  • Applying with a CTE license from another state

    Applicants holding a non-CTE (regular) teaching license OR a CTE teaching license with CTE endorsement(s) from another state must complete the ODE Reciprocal CTE application process.  Upon completion of the ODE CTE application process, the applicant may be eligible for the Restricted CTE, Preliminary CTE, or Professional CTE license, depending on the individual qualifications.

  • Adding a CTE endorsement to a current Oregon teaching license

    Applicants holding a current Oregon teaching license may apply for a CTE Endorsement in the career area for which they are qualified to teach. Only Commission-adopted CTE endorsements may be added to teaching licenses. To add an endorsement to an existing teaching license, the applicant must complete the ODE-approved CTE application process, which may include completion of a CTE Professional Development Plan. ODE may require the licensed teacher to complete additional work experience or education through the CTE Professional Development Plan and the License for Conditional Assignment (LCA) process.

  • What are Industry-Recognized Credentials?


    • Industry-recognized credentials (IRCs) allow students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a specific occupation or industry. (CredentialsMatter.org)
    • IRCs are curated by industry organizations to reflect standards that support success in given career areas. 
    • Reflect mastery of content over the arc of the POS
    • Provide opportunities for learners to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills based on industry standards
    • Exist as a The Role of Statewide Programs of Study (POS) Frameworks
    • Bring Knowledge and Skills into alignment for all programs across the state
    • Employability Skills
    • Cluster-level Skills
    • Serve industry and local/regional needs
    • Needs Assessment
    • Guidance from Business/Labor/Industry/Trades
    • Postsecondary partners
    • Important transition tool into career
    • Deliver value as an on-ramp to post-secondary education and training
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