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Career & Technical Education Teacher Preparation Program

Business and industry professionals, seeking a teaching certificate can use the CWU/Career and Technical Education (CTE) Competency Block Certificate program to build a strong foundation in teaching methods, classroom management, curriculum development, assessment, leadership, and education technology.  The two-year program, is offered on ten Saturdays, per year, and is spread throughout each academic year, to facilitate a continuous teaching and learning experience.

Students successfully completing the two year program will earn a teaching certificate in CTE.

Program Benefits​

The Competency Block Program is a variable-credit program. This means that you register only for the credits that you need to fulfill your individual certification requirements. If you are just beginning the program, you will register for a full credit load (12 credits). However, if you have completed coursework from another institution that you wish to have recognized by CWU, you must submit official transcripts and a course description or syllabus with your registration.

The program offers many benefits to its students.

  • Variable credit hours designed to fit the needs of your individual certification requirements.
  • 24-hour access to course curriculum, schedules, examinations and electronic messaging on the World Wide Web.
  • Central Washington University faculty are CTE district administrators.
  • Three delivery sites: Kennewick, Renton and Stanwood.
  • Approved by the Washington Professional Education Standards Board

Program Description

CWU uses a combined course/field based teacher preparation program of CTE administrators, cohort groups, regional course delivery sites, web support, and district partnerships to deliver the program. CWU staff review applicant's employment history and assist applicants in enrolling in the courses they need to earn a CTE teaching certificate. During the program, industry professionals complete a mentored teaching experience in a district classroom setting. The following is a description of typical program offerings.

Competency Block 1

  • CTE 310A - Teaching Methods
  • CTE 310B - Occupational Analysis/Safety Class
  • CTE 310C - Course Organization and Curriculum Design

Competency Block 2

  • CTE 311A  -  Coordination Techniques for Cooperative Education
  • CTE 311B  - Principles and Philosophy
  • CTE 311C  - Personal and Student Leadership
  • CTE 311D  - School Law and Issues Related to Abuse

NOTE: If you have an Education degree and a Washington State teaching certificate, submit copies of the certificate and relevant official transcripts for review. Applicants with Education degrees will participate in a modified Block 2 program. Central Washington University's Competency Block Program may accept up to three classes from your Education degree.


Click here for the CTE Program Application. Once your application has been processed you will be contacted regarding registration after August 1st.

How to Register

If you have a Probationary Certificate, you will complete the CWU CTE registration form, attach a copy of the certificate, and submit with your tuition and fees.

If you do not have a Probationary Certificate, in addition to completing and submitting the CWU CTE registration form with your tuition and fees, you must verify that:

  • You are at least 18 years of age.
  • You will complete a background check which includes fingerprints and screening by both the Washington State Patrol and FBI (OSPI form 4020B).
  • You have three years (6,000 hours) of paid occupational experience in the specific career and technical education subcategory or specialty area for which certification is sought (OSPI fo​rm 4075A).

All applicants must submit transcripts or test scores showing basic skills in math, reading, and writing.

Click here to see a flowchart of thi​s information.

Registration For​​m

Tuition rates for the CWU CTE Teacher Preparation Program for the upcoming academic year will be determined by August 1. The registration form will be made available at that time. If you would like to be emailed a copy of the registration form please fill out the program application and we will contact you as soon as the registration form is available.

Ho​w to Submit Registration and Documentation

Mail your signed registration form to:
Attn: Ashley Xagoraris
CWU Career and Technical Education
400 East University Way MS 7566
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7566

If you do not include your entrance requirement documentation with your registration, you must follow-up by mailing it to the address listed above.

Payment Policy

Tuition and fees are due at the time of registration. CWU accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Personal Checks
  • Visa or MasterCard
  • Purchase Orders

Cancelation & Refund Policy

You may change or cancel your registration at no charge before class session 3. If you withdraw after class session 3, you will forfeit 50 percent of your tuition and program fee. No refunds will be offered after class session 5.

2016-17 Academic Schedule

Classes meet one Saturday a month at each of the regional centers located in Renton, Stanwood, and Kennewick. The program starts with an orientation, then includes nine class sessions over the following nine months. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and attendance is required. Orientation is required if you are registering in Competency Block 1, or are new to the program and registering in Competency Block 2. The following schedule is subject to change.

 KennewickRenton Stanwood
(Block 2 Only)
Session 109/10/1609/24/1609/24/16
Session 210/08/1610/15/1610/22/16
Session 311/05/1611/05/1611/19/16
Session 4


Session 501/07/1701/14/1701/21/17
Session 602/11/1702/11/1702/11/17
Session 703/11/1703/11/1703/11/17
Session 804/15/1704/15/1704/15/17
Session 905/13/1705/13/1705/13/17
Make-up 102/25/1701/28/1702/04/17
Make-up 205/06/1704/29/1704/22/17