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Introduction to Career and Technical Teacher Education
This introductory course to Career and Technical certification is designed to help teacher-candidates lay out their professional development plan based upon a State Skills Standards Inventory of their current work experience, skills, talents, and competencies. The plan may include certification or re-certification as a Career and Technical instructor in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code and the Revised State Skills Standards. Introduction to safety and health issues and the incorporation of safety practices into curriculum and classroom management are also covered. [hybrid/30 clock hours]
Advanced CTE Strategies
This instructional course will include more in-depth knowledge in instructional methods and strategies and their applications for CTE teachers. Methods may include the art of questioning, project-based learning, action research, classroom design and strategies for involving the community and parents. CTE job analysis training will be included. [hybrid/30 clock hours]
Classroom Management
This course will equip teacher-candidates with an understanding and skills to manage the classroom or instructional area; facilitate a safe learning environment; and be able to respond to other contingencies that may arise including disciplinary issues. [hybrid/30 clock hours]
CTE Classroom Assessment and Evaluation
Learning has to be measured to see where students are in comprehending concepts and developing skills; this course will focus on the diversity of learning styles and behaviors and ways of meaningfully assessing learning in a variety of contexts. [online/30 clock hours]
CTE History and Philosophy
This course is a study of the history of Career and Technical Education; the impact of the educational reform on Career and Technical Education and workforce development and Career and Technical Education’s importance within our society. Topics include: leaders in CTE education; societal influences on vocational curriculum design; legislative initiatives, social issues and organizations involved in and impacting Career and Technical and workforce development education. [online/30 clock hours]
CTE Organizational and Curriculum Design
This course includes an analysis of the teacher-candidate’s vocational field including skills, competencies, knowledge, attitudes, performance expectations and trends and the structuring and organizing of instructional materials including goals, objectives, benchmarks, outlines, syllabus and lesson plans along with curriculum design (sequence of learning topics and instructional units). [online/30 clock hours]
CTE Student and Personal Leadership Development
This course focuses on leadership development, understanding what leadership is, how to integrate student leadership into the CTE classroom, and the advantages to student-learners of joining on-campus groups and related leadership opportunities. [in-person/25 clock hours]
Integrating Technologies in the CTE Classroom
This course is organized to prepare educators in the design, implementation, and integration of appropriate technologies including materials that facilitat4 learning to meet instructional goals. [hybrid/30 clock hours]
Legal Issues—Rights and Responsibilities & Issues of Abuse
This course introduces the student to school law and educational policies including covering such subjects as: FERPA, curriculum, student free speech rights, student discipline, EEO, students with special needs, federal, state and local statutory rights of teachers, teacher employment, collective bargaining, and related educational policies (state, local, district). It will also discuss and provide insights and understanding of issues related to abuse including (but not limited to) identification of physical, emotional, sexual and substance abuse; information on the impact of abuse on the behavior and learning abilities of students; discussion on the responsibilities of teachers to report abuse or provide assistance to students who are the victims of abuse; and methods for teaching students about abuse of all types and their prevention. [online/30 clock hours]
Program Development: Implementing CTE Standards
(For experienced, certificated teachers in lieu of Integrating Technologies in the CTE Classroom and CTE Classroom Assessment and Evaluation.) Develop and refine the skills needed to implement an action plan for promoting, sustaining and keeping current your CTE course. Create dynamic partnerships with key community and business partners to enhance and increase work-based learning opportunities. Integrate academic standards and 21st Century Skills to prepare students to meet their education and career goals. [hybrid/35 clock hours]
Practicum/ Field Experiences: Demonstration of CTE Competencies
The Practicum is used to demonstrate and validate that the teacher-candidate is qualified for certification and well prepared to teach Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes in the State of Washington. The Practicum is arranged with the program administrator. The Practicum is required for all teacher-candidates in the CTE program. [40 clock hours]
Teaching Strategies
This instructional course addresses a broad spectrum of instructional and assessment strategies, designing lessons to encourage appropriate outcomes and behaviors of all learners; in-depth study of learning styles and outcomes, along with developing a personal philosophy of teaching and classroom observation and instruction. [hybrid/30 clock hours]
Work-Based Learning Coordination Techniques
This intensive three day interactive class will provide the student with the knowledge, management skills and ability to develop, implement, manage and evaluate a diversified work-based learning program including coordinating instructional and cooperative worksite learning. Learn techniques for developing partnerships with the community and employers in order to improve basic and innovative curriculum and instructional practices. Gain understanding of the essential academic learning requirements and skills for the entry level worker, and look at a variety of methods to insure that student-learners master the essential academic learning requirements (linking classroom to the world of work). [in-person/25 clock hours]
*South Seattle College’s CTE program is non-credit competency based. Student must demonstrate mastery of the required competencies. Upon successful completion of a course students will be awarded clock hours. Clock hours are awarded based on demonstration of the required competencies of the course. They are not “seat time.”
Claudia Buxton
Claudia Buxton
For 40+ years Claudia's passion has been serving in public education mostly, although not exclusively, at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Prior to Claudia’s work as an Observer for South Seattle College’s CTE Practicum, Claudia served for 15 years as a high school Business Education instructor, about 8 years as a High School College and Career Readiness Counselor in two districts, 12 years as a CTE Administrator and Director for three school districts, 9 years as Director of Sno-Isle Skills Center, two years as a K-12 Mentor Teacher, and two years as Director, Leadership Snohomish County. Claudia has a B.A. in Business Education from Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, ID), a 5th year at the University of Washington, an M.Ed from Seattle University and post-Master’s degree work from John F. Kennedy University as well as many in-state universities.
Bryan Erickson
Bryan Erickson
Bryan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in CTE. Erickson has taught the following subjects for over 30 years; Business and Marketing, Diversified Occupations, Student Leadership, Work-based learning, Career Specialist. Assistant Director for Career and Technical Education in the Evergreen School District, Adjunct professor for CWU for 13 years. He has taught courses in Work Coordination Techniques, History and Philosophy of Career and Technical Education, School Law and Leadership. Bryan has served on numerous state OSPI program and curriculum committees. His degrees and certificates are in AA., BA, Speech Communications and Business, M.Ed. Education Administration. K-12 Certificate, P-12 Administrator, CTE Director Certificate.
Chance Gower
Chance Gower
Chance is the Career & Technical Education Director for the Highline School District.
Brenda Grabski
Brenda Grabski
Brenda is a business and marketing teacher in the Olympia School District and previously taught at Black Hills High School and Centralia High School. She also serves as a DECA Advisor. Prior to teaching she was an account and finance manager with BP Oil and Exploration. Brenda is a member of ACTE, WA-ACTE, WAME, WSBEA, WEA. Former Professional Development Chair for WAME. Degrees: MBA, BS in Business Education and BS in Accounting. National Board Certified Teacher.
Betty Johnson
Betty Johnson
Betty has taught Career and Technical Education (CTE) for 38 years ranging from middle school to college ages and is currently an adjunct instructor for the CTE Training Center for Bates Technical College. She has been teaching CTE Philosophy of Career and Technical Education and CTE Work-based Learning Coordination courses for the past nine years. Betty worked for 15 years with the Renton School District as a Business and Education instructor and with Orting School District as Business and Marketing Education instructor and CTE Director for the District, which included middle school and high school programs. She was an FBLA Advisor for 32 years and a DECA Advisor with the student store program.
Thomas Kaup
Thomas Kaup decided to become a teacher because of two films: “To Sir With Love”, about a teacher who wins over students others had given up on, and “Goodbye Mr. Chips”, a story about a professor at a university in England. Thomas is completing his 32nd year of teaching at Auburn High School and is co-author of Middle School Journalism, published by He has a B.A. in English from the University of St. Thomas, Masters in Theology and Literature Degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Chicago, and an M.ED in Instructional Design from Western Governors University. Thomas received his CTE Certification from South in 2016. He is a National Board Certified Teacher as well as a Master Journalism Educator. Thomas was the Washington Adviser of the Year in 2014, a Special Recognition Adviser by the Dow Jones News Fund in 2015, Auburn High School Teacher of the Year, 2016, and in 2018 received the Dorothy McPhillips Distinguished Service Award from the Washington Journalism Education Association. Thomas currently teaches Newspaper, Yearbook, and Visual Communication at Auburn High School. Thomas is thrilled to be teaching in the CTE Program at South!
Sue Longstreth
Sue Longstreth
Sue has worked in career & technical education for over 30 years. She is retired as the Director of Career & Technical Education for the Marysville School District, where she supervised 12 programs housed in seven small learning communities. She served as the state-wide staff person for the student organization-HOSA. Other previous work experience includes serving as an Associate Dean at Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins, Colorado, the Executive Director of the State Council on Vocational Education for Washington, Director of Applied Learning at the Chief Leschi Schools in Puyallup, and Director of CTE for the Bremerton School District. She has a Master’s degree in education and a PhD in vocational education administration from Colorado State University. Sue has served on South’s CTE Professional Education Advisory Committee since 2005.
Thomas Mosby
Thomas Mosby
Thomas is Director for the Puget Sound Skills Center. He is also Adjunct faculty for Argosy University in Seattle and University of Phoenix. He teaches in the Education Masters and Doctorate in the Education Administration and Leadership programs at Argosy and in the Masters in Elementary and Secondary Education program for University of Phoenix. He has been involved in public education at the Elementary, middle, secondary and post- secondary levels as a teacher, counselor or administrator for over 25 years. He has been a Career and Technical Education Director for the past 16 years. Thomas has served on South’s CTE Professional Education Advisory Committee since 2005
Tammy Price
Tammy Price
Tammy has taught Floriculture, a Career and Technical Education course since 2002 at Everett High School in Everett Public Schools and as an occasional summer course at Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center in Mukilteo. In addition has been a Work-Based Learning Coordinator and taught computer applications. She completed her CTE Teaching Certification at South Seattle’s program in 2007. Her previous work experience included 12 years in the floral industry as a floral designer and flower shop manager. She has an AS in Horticulture from Louisiana Tech University, a BA in Culture/Literature/Arts from UW-Bothell, as well as a Master's Degree in Educational Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching from Boise State University where she was invited to join Kappa Delta Pi an Honor Society for outstanding educational professionals. Tammy has served on South’s CTE Professional Education Advisory Committee since 2007.
Susie Roberts
Susie Roberts
Susie has been a high school and adult vocational teacher for 25 years. Currently she teaches a variety of marketing classes (Sports and Entertainment, Marketing Essentials, Sales and Advertising, Retail Store Management) at Edmonds Woodway High School in the Edmonds School District and is a DECA Chapter Advisor. She also enjoys teaching IB Business Management because students love the challenge of the IB Curriculum. Susie also served the Edmonds School District as a Career Specialist and was a member of the Washington DECA Board for two years. She was President of the Washington Association of Marketing Educator and was named WAME Marketing Educator of the Year in 2015. Susie has also served on the Executive Board of WA-ACTE. As Co-chair of her Business & Marketing department, she enjoys the inner workings of staffing, scheduling, and connecting with industry. As a graduate of the University of Washington and a teacher with industry experience and a CTE Certification, she has had several careers in the travel and retail industries.
Jillian Waffle-Osborn
Jillian Waffle-Osborn
Jillian has been teaching Family and Consumer Sciences and CTE for the past thirteen years. She is currently teaching in Federal Way School District. She has taught at the Internet Academy, in a traditional comprehensive high school as well as a smaller career focused academy at an alternative high school. Over the years Jillian has facilitated CTE leadership through the FCCLA leadership organization and the running of a student store and espresso cart. Jillian graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and a Primary Endorsement in Family and Consumer Sciences. She earned a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Technology from Grand Canyon University, which she completed through their online program. In 2014 Jillian earned her National Board Certification in Early Adolescents to Young Adulthood Career and Technical Education.