All students interested in teaching in CTE areas in K-12 settings are encouraged to enroll in a field experience course (CDEV 71 or CDEV 75) to obtain the field experience hours, enroll in Child Development courses to learn more about working with children and youth, enroll in an Orientation to Education course (CDEV 150) to learn about the educational history and current issues in schools today, and take the CBEST test.
Courses developed to meet the specific needs of future teachers include Physical Science 11 and Lab for Teachers, Engineering 108A & B, Hands-On Math, and CBEST Prep and CSET Prep, Learning Assistance 52 A & B.
Students interested in teaching high school or middle school are encouraged to enroll in CDEV 75, Supervised Secondary Fieldwork, Incentives are available to students interested in teaching Math or Science as they are both critical shortage areas if they want to pursue a single subject credential. Math and science teachers are often critical components of CTE Pathways in computer science, engineering, biotechnology, related health fields, and information technology areas. Students interested in teaching CTE subjects in high school need single subject credentials in Vocational Education, math, science, art, and other CTE subjects and need to major in that area and obtain a credential.
Future CTE teachers in adult education settings like community colleges, vocational schools, adult education, and ROP settings may be able to obtain much of their academic training at CCSF. Often, an AA degree, paired with recent, relevant industry experience is what is needed to teach in CTE areas. CCSF provides a range of AA degrees as well as related certificates in vocational areas. Future CTE teachers with industry experience may complete the necessary coursework needed to obtain minimum qualifications at CCSF. Teachers will often need to explain technical journals to students, describe complicated procedures orally and in writing and work with individuals and small groups of students as well as large groups in a classroom or laboratory setting. Courses such as public speaking, composition, English as a Second Language, foreign languages, mathematics, and science courses all support the teaching of technical and CTE courses in addition to industry experience. Additionally, future vocational teachers in adult settings often need a vocational credential. CCSF and SFSU will be working together to provide the adult education credential at the CCSF campus to future teachers interested in teaching in CTE and vocational areas.