NEW YORK CITY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
Department of Career & Technology Teacher Education

 
   
 

Frequently Asked Questions
 


Q. What is the Mission of Department of Career and Technology Teacher Education?

A. Our mission as urban educators is to prepare professionally competent and caring technical educators for a world of technology and diversity.
 

Q. What is Career and Technology Teacher Education?

A. Career and Technology Teacher Education is the name of the academic department at City Tech that prepares teachers in two major areas, namely, Technology Education (kindergarten -12th grade), and Career and Technical Education (CTE) subjects (grades 7-12).
 

Q. What are the majors in the Department of Career and Technology Teacher Education?

A. There are two majors in the department, namely, Technology Education and Career and Technical Education.
 

Q. What is the difference between Technology Teacher Education and Career and Technical Teacher Education?

A. Technology teacher education prepares candidates who want to teach technology education in kindergarten through 12th grade. The candidate must have the bachelor's degree and pass the New York State Teacher Certificate Examinations (link) before he/she can receive the certificate to teach.
 

Q. What degree does a graduate receive from the department?

A. Graduates of the department receive the Bachelor of Science in Education (BS in Ed) degree.
 

Q. What is technology teacher education?

A. Technology Teacher Education is the four-year B.S. in Education degree program for preparing teachers of technology education for New York State certification.
 

Q. What is technology education?

A. Technology education is a curriculum offered in kindergarten through 12th grade that uses hands-on activities to engage learners in critical thinking and problem-solving as they design and develop products and systems to solve practical problems.
 

Q. What does a Technology Teacher Teach?

A. Computer aided design (CAD), desktop publishing, design for production, graphic communications, information technology (IT), networking, electronics, photo/video production, principles of engineering, robotics, to mention just a few.
 

Q. Who is eligible to enroll in the Technology Teacher Education Program?

A. Anyone with the any of the following backgrounds is eligible to apply for admission:

  • High school graduates that meet CUNY admission requirements for baccalaureate programs
  • Students from other programs at City Tech who wish to become teachers
  • Transfer students from other colleges
  • Graduates of associate degree programs at City Tech
  • Graduates of associate degree programs from other colleges
  • Career changers from industry who have technical backgrounds
     

Q. Where do graduates of technology teacher education work?

A. Technology education graduates teach in public elementary, middle, and high schools, private K-12 schools, and business and industry. There are also opportunities for college teaching.
 

Q. What is Career and Technical Teacher Education?

A. Career and Technical Teacher Education program is the four-year B.S. in Education degree program at City that prepares candidate for the New York State teaching certificate in specific CTE subjects.
 

Q. What are the Specific Career and Technical Education (CTE) Subjects?

A. Specific CTE subjects include career and technical subjects offered mostly in high school programs to prepare students for employment in technical and careers areas including:

  • Health Careers - dental hygiene, dental lab technology, nursing, radiologic technology, vision care technology, etc.
  • Home & Consumer Sciences Careers- hospitality management, culinary arts, etc;
  • Technology Careers - computer systems, construction, drafting and design, electrical/electronics, graphic arts, mechanical, etc;
  • Trades - computer maintenance; auto mechanics; electrical installation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), printing, photography, etc.
     

Q. Who is eligible to enroll in the Career and Technical Teacher Education Program?

A. Anyone with the any of the following backgrounds is eligible to apply for admission:

  • Graduates of associate degree programs at City Tech
  • Graduates of associate degree programs from other colleges
  • Graduates of comprehensive and CTE high schools
  • Career changers from business and industry who have had several years of experience
     

Q. Where do graduates of the Career and Technical Teacher Education work?

A. Graduates and program completers in CTE teach in the following settings:

  • CTE high schools
  • Comprehensive high schools
  • Private trade and technical schools
  • Business and industry training programs
     

Q. How do our graduates perform in the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)?

A. The pass rates of City Tech teacher candidates since 1999 are as follows:

  • 2005-2006 (100%)
  • 2006-2007 (93%)
  • 2007-2008 (100%)
  • 2008-2009 (100%)
  • 2009-2010 (not yet available)
     

Q. What are the Performance Expectations We Have of our Graduates?

A. We expect our graduates and program completers to demonstrate the following performance expectations stated in our P/T/D Conceptual Framework namely,

  • General Knowledge
  • Technical Competency
  • Professional Competency
  • Competency in the Use of Technology
  • Caring Dispositions
  • Reflective Practice
  • Sensitivity to Diversity

For more information on the P/T/D Conceptual Framework and these performance expectations (click here).
 
 

Q. Where do I obtain information about becoming a CTE or technology teacher?

A. You can obtain information about becoming a CTE or technology teacher by contacting us at:

The Department of Career and Technology Teacher Education
250 Jay Street, Room M 201
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (718) 260 -5373 , Fax (718) 254-8542

or log on to the City Tech website at
http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/academics/deptsites/teachered/index.shtml

You can also obtain more information about teacher certification in New York State at
www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert.

Information about the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations is available at
www.nystce.nesinc.com.


© New York CityTech Department of Career and Technology Teacher Education 2010