Vocational Education Teaching CredentialsAssembly Committee on EducationCareer Technical Education WorkgroupFebruary 28, 2007 Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Overview • CTC Review of Vocational Education Credentials • Discussion Context • Purpose of Vocational Education Teaching Credentials • Credential Structure • Program Standards • Teacher Supply
Charge to the Review Panel: Review vocational education credential requirements to determine if they are appropriate to meet the need for teachers in today’s K-12 schools. Review credential types and authorizations for alignment to the adopted 2005 California Career and Technical Education Standards and the current instructional needs for K-12 vocational education teachers. Review and update vocational education teacher preparation program standards to be consistent with California statutes and current research-based best practices for teachers. Review of Vocational Education Credentials
Each Point Will Be Discussed Within the Following Context • Current credentials • Questions for Panel review
Purpose of Vocational Education Credentials • Vocational Education teaching credentials authorize the teaching of subject(s) listed on the credential in technical, trade or vocational classes. • These classes may be organized for adults or for grades 12 and below, but must be identified as part of a vocational education program.
Questions for panel review • How do the current vocational education credential requirements and teacher preparation content align with the State Board adopted career technical education requirements? • What changes should be made to better align with the recently adopted career technical education standards and framework?
Full-time Credential High school diploma (or GED) 5 years work experience OR a combination of work experience and education Fingerprint clearance, and U.S. Constitution course or exam Part-time Credential High school diploma (or GED) 5 years work experience OR a combination of work experience and education, and Fingerprint clearance Credential Structure:Preliminary Requirements
Questions for Panel Review • Should the credential be renamed “Career Technical Education” to align with the vocational standards and framework adopted by the State Board of Education? • Should the requirements for full-time credentials and part-time credentials be the same? • What is the appropriate amount of work experience/education to qualify for the preliminary credential? • Should a bachelor’s degree or basic skills be required? • Should pedagogy be required for the preliminary credential? If so, how much? If so, should it be required prior to classroom teaching? If so, how should the training be delivered?
Full-time Credential Preliminary vocational education credential; The equivalent of two years of successful vocational teaching; Personalized professional development program (Levels I & II); and Health education. Part-time Credential Preliminary vocational education credential; The equivalent of two years of successful vocational teaching; Personalized professional development program (Level I); and Health education. Credential Structure:Clear Requirements
Level I Completed within the first 2 years of teaching Supervised occupational teaching; and 6 units in: classroom management; learning and instruction; curriculum; and student evaluation. Level II Builds on the Level I requirements and requires 6 units in: teaching foundations; advanced learning and instruction; program budgeting; computers; needs assessment and integration of academic skills; program evaluation; and serving special needs students. Personalized Professional Development Program
Questions for Panel Review • Should the Level I and Level II structure remain? • What is the value added of the Level II requirements? • What are the current delivery methods for the Level I and Level II instruction? Are they the best delivery methods for working professionals? • What kinds of support are most needed by new vocational education teachers?
Authorizations Currently, there are 175 specific authorizations within the vocational education credential ranging from accounting to welding for full-time or part-time credential holders.
Questions for Panel Review Should the current authorizations align with the 15 industry sectors and 58 pathways identified by the California career technical education model curriculum standards and framework adopted by the State Board of Education?
Program Standards: Overview • Program Standards are used by program sponsors offering teacher preparation for vocational education to design their program. • Program Standards are used by the Commission for initial program review and accreditation and for ongoing review and accreditation. • There are currently 6 university and 13 school district or county office vocational education programs.
Program Standards for Vocational Education Programs Include Standards for: • Program resources and coordination • Candidate services • Two-level program of personalized preparation • Supervised occupational teaching • Determining candidate competence
Teacher Supply • In 2005-06, the Commission issued 2,108 vocational education credentials. • The largest number of vocational education credential holders are in the subjects of computer applications and office occupations.
Next Steps in Revision Process • Panel appointments are taking place now • Panel members will represent stakeholder groups • Field survey will be completed and data will be presented to the panel to inform discussions
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