Career Technical Education
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Dr. David Yost
Teaching Assistant Professor
Dr. Yost is a former secondary teacher and contractor. With his military, business and construction background, Dr. Yost brings a multi-dimensional perspective to his work with beginning West Virginia career and technical teachers. His current research and writing centers on integrating numeracy and math skills across the curriculum.
Teaching Associate Professor
Mr. Yocke is a former teacher, coach and restaurant management. He brings a broad knowledge of West Virginia state education policy to his work advising and guiding newly hired career and technical teachers pursuing the state-approved alternative career and technical teaching certification.
The West Virginia Career and Technical Education Teacher Preparation and Certification Program is the only state-approved alternative teaching certification program. The program is jointly funded by a grant from the West Virginia Department of Education and WVU Tech. The bachelors degree in Career and Technical Education is restricted to teachers employed in a current full-time career and technical teaching position either currently enrolled or recently finished the required departmental program.
Every individual hired from business and industry into an open teaching position in one of the 16 nationally recognized career clusters in a West Virginia comprehensive high schools or tech ed center will complete a prescribed, three-component, alternative teacher education program to be eligible to apply for a five-year WV CTE Teaching Certificate.
Our students are full-time, in-service teachers across the 55 counties in West Virginia. They are all off-campus students. More than 50 teachers complete the initial program each year, and may apply their certification course work toward the degree if desired.
Next StepsTeachers who graduate from our program frequently proceed to an adult and technical education masters programs, and several have become successful local and state-level school administrators after completing the WVU Tech program and teaching for a number of years.
Things you'll learn
Whether you're putting together a shop or building CTE courses, we have the tools you need.
Management of School Shops and Laboratories
Learn the responsibilities of the teacher as a manager, methods of handling tools and supplies, problems of effective shop organization and maintenance, safety administration, job evaluation and selection, group control and management.
Computer Applications in Career-Technical Education
This course is designed to introduce students to computer-based the instructional technology used in today's classrooms and labs. It includes an introduction to operating systems, application software for instruction and instructional management.
Teaching Methods in Career-Technical Education
Learn how to correlate shop/lab instruction with classroom instruction, how to provide Individual and group instruction; plus the four teaching steps in career technical education.