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Become a CTE Teacher

If you're interested in becoming a CTE teacher, please review the following list of New York State Education Department CTE subject clusters and certificate titles. To find the requirements for a specific subject, search for your specific subject area in the New York State Education Department certification requirements database

Applicants with specific industry experience in trade areas and other subjects are welcome, and are encouraged to learn more on how to obtain certification based on industry experience. We are particularly interested in applicants with experience in health occupations, technical subjects, and graphic, printing, and visual communications.

For general information on becoming a teacher in New York City, please visit TeachNYC.


Trade Subjects

Aviation/Aerospace Maintenance, Manufacturing and Repair Operations
  • Power Plant Maintenance and Repair; Ground Support Operations; Avionics; Airframe Maintenance and Repair
Construction Industry and Building Maintenance Occupations
  • Residential/Commercial Building Maintenance and Remodeling; Masonry; Plumbing; Electrical; Carpentry; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
Cosmetology Occupations
  • Cosmetology/Barbering
Drafting Occupations
  • Drafting; Computer-aided Drafting
Electronic/Electro-mechanical Occupations
  • Electrical/Electronic Equipment Occupations (repair and installation); Electro-mechanical Equipment Occupations (repair and installation)
Food Services
  • Culinary Careers
Graphic, Printing, and Visual Communications
  • Commercial Art; Graphic Imaging; Media Communications; Professional Photography
Motorcycle; Marine; Outdoor Power Equipment
Performing Arts
  • Dance - Modern; Dance - Classical Ballet; Dance - Music; Drama
Precision Metal Work
  • Welding; Machine Tool Operations/Machine Shop
Unique and Emerging Occupations
  • Optical Mechanics; Warehousing; Ophthalmic Dispensing; Upholstering; Textile Production and Fabrication; Travel Services; Security Operations
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • Vehicle Mechanical Repair; Vehicle Body Repair and Painting

Other Subjects

  • Animal Production (Science and Business); Agricultural Mechanics and Engineering; Plant Science; Animal Science; Natural Resources and Ecology
Health Occupations
  • Practical Nursing; Dental Assisting; Medical Laboratory Technology; Medical Assisting; Dental Laboratory Technology; Nurse's Assisting; Emergency Medical Services; Personal Training Assisting; Pharmacy Assisting
Family and Consumer Science
  • Food and Nutrition; Textile and Design; Human Services; Family Studies
Technical Subjects
  • Computer Technology; Electrical-Electronic Technology; Mechanical Technology

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