Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School

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About the Job

Teach occupational, career and technical, or vocational subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

It is also Called

  • Wood Shop Teacher (Technology Education)
  • Vocational Trainer
  • Vocational Technical Education Teacher (VTE Teacher)
  • Vocational Teacher
  • Vocational Ed Instructor
  • Technology Teacher/Technology Coordinator
  • Technology Teacher
  • Technology Lab Teacher
  • Technology Education Teacher
  • Technology Applications Teacher
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What They Do

  • Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of middle school programs.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SAC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Artistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Preparation Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $60,700 with most people making between $37,060 and $79,330

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately n/a people in California. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately - job openings annually.

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