The Challenge of Teaching Career & Technical Education Courses

They Never Said It Would Be Easy

There are so many challenges associated with teaching Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.  In case you are not familiar with term, these include coursework in disciplines like computer technology, electronics technology, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and automotive maintenance just to name of few.  More often than not, these courses include both lecture and lab work.  The lab component is one area where new adjuncts may struggle, and that is one of the issues I will address in the future.  Another challenge for those of you teaching CTE courses is that you were hired because of your knowledge and experience in the discipline, not because you have considerable teaching experience.  The challenges confronted by a first-time CTE instructor will also be addressed, as will advice to keep you from, to use the vernacular, not crashing and burning.  CTE students themselves may present a challenge for some instructors.  Many CTE students are gifted when it comes to working with their hands, but the “book learning” doesn’t come easily.  Strategies for dealing with and helping these students will be included in future posts. ..... (read more)