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Post-secondary Career/Technical Education Teacher

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Postsecondary Career-Technical Education Teachers Career Video

About This Career

Teaches vocational courses intended to provide occupational training below the baccalaureate level in subjects such as construction, mechanics/repair, manufacturing, transportation, or cosmetology, primarily to students who have graduated from or left high school. Teaching takes place in public or private schools whose primary business is academic or vocational education.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Observes and evaluates students' work to determine progress, provide feedback, and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Presents lectures and conducts discussions to increase students' knowledge and competence using visual aids, such as graphs, charts, videotapes, and slides.
  • Supervises and monitors students' use of tools and equipment.
  • Administers oral, written, or performance tests to measure progress and to evaluate training effectiveness.
  • Provides individualized instruction and tutorial or remedial instruction.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records, such as student grades, attendance rolls, and training activity details.
  • Develops curricula and plans course content and methods of instruction.
  • Determines training needs of students or workers.
  • Supervises independent or group projects, field placements, laboratory work, or other training.
  • Selects and assembles books, materials, supplies, and equipment for training, courses, or projects.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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