Become a CTE Teacher

If you’re interested in becoming a CTE teacher, you can find the requirements for a specific subject area and certification title by searching in the New York State Education Department certification requirements database. CTE subject areas and certification titles are listed below.

NYS Education Department Certification Requirements Database

Applicants with industry experience are welcomed and encouraged to learn more on how to obtain teacher certification through the Transitional A certification pathway options through the CTE Candidate Hiring Handbook. We are particularly interested in applicants with experience in health occupations, technical subjects, and graphics, printing, and visual communications.

FAQ: Transitional-A Certification for CTE Teacher Candidates

PDF iconCareer and Technical Education Candidate Handbook

Are you an industry professional who wants to teach in NYC schools? We can post your resumé on our Hire a CTE Teacher website:

Hire a CTE Teacher

For general information on becoming a teacher in New York City, please visit the TeachNYC website:


If you’re interested in becoming a CTE teacher, please review the following list of New York State Education Department CTE career cluster subject areas and the related certification titles.

CTE Subject Area Certification Titles
Agriculture Animal Production (Science and Business); Agricultural Mechanics and Engineering; Plant Science; Animal Science; Natural Resources and Ecology
Aviation/Aerospace Maintenance, Manufacturing and Repair Operations Power Plant Maintenance and Repair; Ground Support Operations; Avionics; Airframe Maintenance and Repair
Business Management and Administration Business and Entrepreneurship
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 Occupations 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
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