Career Technical Education (CTE) Credential

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Career Technical Education (CTE) Credential


Teaching in a Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway is where some of the most innovative teaching is happening today in education. Career Technical Education teachers are in high demand.

This is an opportunity for you to put your professional experience to use in the classroom. You will be an essential support for workforce development and help a young person set a path for their career. Our program will provide the information you need to know to transform your career knowledge into an educational curriculum.

While in the program, we will provide you with mentorship and advising as you transition from industry to the classroom, or from a core academic teacher who is becoming a CTE teacher.


  • Flexible courses allow teachers to complete the program while fulfilling their teaching responsibilities.
  • Course work directly supports your work as a teacher.
  • Lessons and discussion are taken from your work teaching.
  • A one-year program that makes you a fully qualified CTE teacher by the end of the program.
  • Courses are in the afternoon and early evening, given your role as a full-time teacher.
  • Program taught by experienced practitioners who are extremely knowledgeable about CTE and the teaching profession.


This program is for individuals who want to bring their industry experience into the classroom and become a member of the rewarding profession that is teaching.

It is also open to current teachers who have an opportunity to teach in a CTE pathway, but lack the proper credentials.


Students will take 3 courses in the program:

  • EDSS 291: Foundations of Career Technical Education
  • EDSS 392: Teaching Strategies for the CTE Classroom
  • EDSS 393: Assessments for Instruction in the CTE Classroom

Two other courses are also required, but offered through the College of Education: Teaching English Learners, and Health for Educators.

Advising and mentoring happens periodically, with meetings scheduled between the student and the mentor.

Candidates must complete U.S. Constitution and CPR requirements.


Synchronous classes held on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

EDSS 291: August 21, 28, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9 

EDSS 392: October 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20 (no class week of Thanksgiving) Dec. 4, 11, 18                           

EDSS 393: January 29, 2025 Feb. 5, 9, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12

Office Hours

We’ll hold CTE Office Hours once a month to share more information about the CTE credential program, including CTC requirements, eligible work experience, and coursework. You’ll be able to meet with CTE faculty and ask questions.

Please join us on the following days from 5 – 6 p.m. to learn more about the CTE credential program:

May 21

Meeting ID: 814 6850 1024

Passcode: 462467

June 18

Meeting ID: 824 1583 7334

Passcode: 953705

July 9

Meeting ID: 881 0999 5913

Passcode: 892665

August 13

Meeting ID: 836 4871 6706

Passcode: 587713


Each course costs $370 per unit or $1,110 per course.

Financial assistance is available for certain CTE sectors through grant funds.


Sac State’s College of Continuing Education Offering New CTE Credential

Determined to offer teachers the opportunity to put professional experience to use in the classroom and become an essential part of workforce development, Sac State’s College of Continuing Education (CCE) is now offering a CTE Credential. The only one of its kind in Sacramento County, this new educational resource is giving those who are currently having to travel to similar programs in Southern California a credentialing option much closer to home.