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Career and Technical Teacher Education

Program Details

Western New Mexico University offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Career and Technical Teacher Education for students and for professionals in education who are interested in developing their teaching abilities for the purpose of working with their students in vocational, occupational, technical, or corporate training.

Students will take part in a curriculum which will impart knowledge and training in teaching practices relating to career education. Those classes include foundations in education, principles and practices of career and technical education, educational psychology, psychology of learning, and computers in the classroom, among others.

Students completing the program should be qualified for roles in teaching and education. Those qualifications include the ability to apply to treat students equitably, recognizing the individual differences that distinguish one student from another and adjusting their practice based on observation and knowledge of their students’ interests, abilities, skills, knowledge, family circumstances, and peer relationships; to create multiple paths to the subjects they teach, through their knowledge of how the subject is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and applied to real-world settings; to manage and monitor student learning to create, enrich, maintain, and alter instructional settings to capture and sustain the interest of their students and to make the most effective use of time; and to draw on knowledge of human development, subject matter and instruction, and understanding of students to make principled judgments about sound practice.


Completion of an AAS degree, an AS degree, or 45 credit hours in an applied technology/technical area
Completion of 41 hours of general education including ENG 101 and 102, COMM 110, PSY 102, and general education MATH with a grade of C or higher
Six additional hours beyond general education math or computer science, and EDUC 402
Admission to the School of Education including passing the NMTA Basic Skills Test
Completion of 40 hours of professional education courses with a grade of C or better
Supervised classroom teaching experience in a secondary career and technical education program
Twelve hours of writing intensive courses – this requirement is met with the professional education courses

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission