CTE Course Descriptions
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Advanced CTE Teaching 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 class with two required in-person sessions. Prerequisite: Teaching Strategies or teaching degree.
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. Prerequisite: Teaching Strategies or teaching degree.
CTE Classroom Management
An exciting course that 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 class with an in-person session. Hybrid class with a required in-person session. [Fundamental Teaching Course: Experienced certificated teachers may be able to waive.]
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 vocational education; societal influences on vocational curriculum design; legislative initiatives, social issues and organizations involved in and impacting Career and Technical and workforce development education.
CTE Organization 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). [Fundamental Teaching Course: Experienced certificated teachers may be able to waive.]
Integrating Technologies into the CTE Classroom
This dynamic course covers the selection, development, design, use and integration of appropriate technologies and instructional materials that aid and enhance learning and meet instructional goals.  Hybrid class with two required in-person sessions.
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 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 course with a required in-person session.
Legal Issues—Rights and Responsibilities and Issues of Abuse

This course introduces you 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.
Practicum: 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 Technology 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.
Program Development: Implementing CTE Standards
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. Class meets online with two required in-person meetings. Registration requires permission from Program Director, Luisa Motten. This course is designed specifically for experienced, certified teacher-candidates.
Student and Personal Leadership Development

The focus will be on leadership development, understanding what leadership is, how to integrate student leadership into your classroom, and the advantages to student-learners of joining on-campus groups and related leadership opportunities. Teacher candidates will create their own professional development plan.
Teaching Strategies
This dynamic 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 course with a required in-person session. [Fundamental Teaching Course: Experienced certificated teachers may be able to waive.]
Work Based Learning Coordination Techniques

This intensive three-day interactive class will provide you the knowledge, management skills and the ability to develop, implement, manage and evaluate a diversified work-based learning program (following the framework of federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies.) 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). [Optional Course: Additional certification from OSPI & specialty area certification in Career Choices.  Highly recommended]
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Meet our Director & Instructors:


Luisa Motten, Program Administrator, Director of Continuing Education, South Seattle College

Luisa has served as the CTE Program Adminstrator for the last 10 years. She has been at South Seattle College in the Continuing Education Department since 2001.

Bryan Erickson

Bryan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in CTE.  He has taught the following subjects for over 30 years:  Business & 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.  HGe 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 Communication and Businees, M.Ed. Education Adminstation.  K-12 Certificate, P-12 Administrator, CTE Director Certificate


Renée Florio

In addition to leading the South Seattle College CTE Certification Advisory Committee, Renée Florio teaches in a CTE classroom for computer applications. Over the years she has taught computer applications, office skills, business management/accounting and Web development at Renton Technical College, Northshore School District and the Seattle Indian Center. Ms. Florio has a BS in secondary education and a M.Ed in educational technology. Having received CTE certification from South’s program, Ms. Florio finds herself continually applying what she learned here in the Teacher Education Program, and feels that our program is “all about sending out quality teachers to the young people in CTE classrooms around the State.”

Brenda Knowlton

Brenda is a business and marketing teacher in the Tumwater School District and previously taught at 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 WAE.  Degrees:  BS in Business Education ad BS in Accounting. National Board Certified Teacher of CTE.


Susan Longstreth, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Longstreth has worked in career & technical education for over thirty years. She is currently the Director of Career & Technical Education for the Bremerton School District, working with the district’s CTE programs at Bremerton High School and Renaissance High School. Previous work experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the Washington State Council on Vocational Education and the Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Contracted Services for Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins, Colorado. She has a Master's degree in education and a Ph.D. in vocational education administration from Colorado State University.


Thomas Mosby, Ph.D. 

Dr. Thomas Mosby is the Director for Career and Technical Education in the South Kitsap School District. Thomas also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Career and technical teacher’s certification program South Seattle as well as being an adjunct faculty member for the University of Phoenix and Argosy University, Seattle. He has been involved in public education at the elementary, middle, secondary and post secondary levels as a teacher, counselor, coach and administrator for 24 years. Thomas graduated with a BA in journalism public relations from Western Washington University in Bellingham, a Master’s in education counseling psychology and a doctorate in education administration and leadership, both from Washington State University in Pullman.

Teri Pablo

My goal is to provide opportunities to explore ad discuss best practices when implementing CTE Program Standards.  Often, a CTE classroom is the first time a student sees a connection between learning and their future.  The CTE teacher is key to bridging this connection.  As a CTE teacher for 10 years and a CTE Program Director for 7 years, I am passionate about creating learning environments that prepare students for the careers of tomorrow with the industry, academic and 21st century skills they need to succeed.  A prepared, informed teacher makes all the difference.


Tammy H. Price

Tammy H. Price has been teaching 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. She completed her CTE Teaching Certification at South’s program in 2007. Tammy has served on South’s Professional Education Advisory Committee since 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.

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Jillian Waffle-Osborn 

Jillian has been teaching FAmily & Consumer Sciences and CTE for the past 12 years.  She is currently teaching online in Federal Way's Internet Academy, however she has taught in both a traditional comprehensive high school as well as a smaller career focused academy at an alternative hight school.  Over the years, Jillian has facilitaged CTE leadership througthe FCCLA leadership organization and the running of a student store and espressoc cart.  Jillian graduated from Washington State Universtiy wit a Bacherlor 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 Yound Adulthood Career and Technical Education.  On a personal note, Jillian is married with three children.  She has two boys (ages 5 and 2 years old) and a new baby girl.  She also loves being outdoors for gardeing, camping and hiking, but on the rainy Seattle days, she is an avid scrapbooker and crafter.

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