Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Teachers

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Also known as:
Architectural Drafting Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Instructor, Barbering Instructor, Barbering Teacher, Building Trades Instructor, Carpentry Instructor, Commercial Art Instructor, Computer Repair Instructor, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Instructor, Cosmetology Professor

ABOUT POSTSECONDARY CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEACHER CAREERS
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As the demand for skilled labor increases, adult and vocational education teachers are needed to train entry-level job seekers and update the skills of experienced workers. These teachers provide instruction for occupations that do not require a college degree, such as X-ray technicians, auto mechanics, welders and cosmetologists. They also provide remedial education for school dropouts, or help students to prepare for enrolling in a 4-year degree program.

Other teachers help people update their job skills as part of a continuing education program. Many vocational teachers draw on their work experience and some have degrees, licenses or certificates in their field.

It's important for adult and vocational education teachers to keep up with the latest technology and stay current with skills needed in the workplace. If you think you can communicate well and you are patient, this may be a good career choice for you. Helping others to achieve their career goals can be very fulfilling.

SNAPSHOT
Teach 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.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Arrange for lectures by experts in designated fields.

Participate in conferences, seminars, and training sessions to keep abreast of developments in the field, and integrate relevant information into training programs.

Serve on faculty and school committees concerned with budgeting, curriculum revision, and course and diploma requirements.

Conduct on-the-job training classes or training sessions to teach and demonstrate principles, techniques, procedures, or methods of designated subjects.

Develop curricula and plan course content and methods of instruction.

Prepare outlines of instructional programs and training schedules and establish course goals.

Provide individualized instruction and tutorial or remedial instruction.

Acquire, maintain, and repair laboratory equipment and tools.

Advise students on course selection, career decisions, and other academic and vocational concerns.

Develop teaching aids, such as instructional software, multimedia visual aids, or study materials.

Select and assemble books, materials, supplies, and equipment for training, courses, or projects.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
TOP SKILLS
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.