Turn your professional work experience into a teaching career

Olympic College’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Prep program is one of seven in Washington state authorized to certify CTE teachers on the industry-to-classroom path. The CTE Teacher Prep program equips people with experience in business, military, and a wide range of industries to teach trade specific skills in grade 7-12 classrooms.

The program is also geared for current teachers who want to become CTE certified or who need to add endorsements to their certification. Broad areas of endorsement include agriculture, business and marketing, consumer and family sciences, technology, applied math, and worksite learning. 


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Prospective new students contact the Welcome Center for one-on-one help applying to Olympic College.

For specific questions about the CTE Teacher Preparation program, contact Program Manager Mo Anduiza.

CTE Certification Requirements

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CTE Certification Requirements

Are you a business or industry professional looking to transition into teaching? Candidates seeking a CTE Teacher Certificate or endorsement to teach CTE classes in middle or high school must meet one of the following professional or military experience requirements:

  • 6,000 documented professional hours in a specialty
  • 2,000 hours in an industry occupation
  • 4,000 combined hours of teaching/occupation
  • Completion of a CTE Teacher Preparation program

Learn more about the requirements by downloading our program guide and reviewing the application process below:

CTE Teacher Prep Program Guide

Application & Program Information

Program Staff

The CTE Teacher Prep program at OC is governed by the Professional Educator Standards Board and works in partnership with Washington Association for Career & Technical Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). For more information on the program, please contact our program staff.

Academic Division

CTE Teacher Prep is part of the Workforce & Economic Development Division. Visit the division webpage for more info, including support resources and services, and contact info for division staff and the dean. The division office can assist you with: 

  • Advising
  • Connecting with faculty
  • Finding campus resources
  • Support for procedural processes such as a grade appeal or student complaint.