CTE

Career & Technical Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Third Unit Option
State Assessment
Certification
Instructional Resources

Third Unit Option


1. What technology education courses are acceptable in the third unit option for Math or Science?

This option in Commissioner's Regulations encourages school districts to design their own courses using established criteria for the third unit option. Also see Commissioner's Regulations Part 100.

2. Who approves the technology education course used in the third unit option?

The local Board of Education would approve this course for use in this third unit option. No approval is needed from the State Education Department.

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State Assessment


3. What is the current status of the intermediate-level technology education test?

After two statewide administrations in 2001 and 2002 the decision was made to make the program evaluation test voluntary for school use starting in 2003.

4. What do I do with the scores and what does it mean for my (technology education) program?

Individual student scores should be recorded and kept in school records. These scores are also used to derive a building level score and using worksheets, aggregate the data by key idea in the standard. This information would be used to analyze curriculum and instructional practice for program improvement purposes.

5. Where can I get a copy of the intermediate technology education test?

After administration of the 2001 and 2002 tests, school districts were able to retain copies for their use. Check with your local school district. If you are unable to get a copy from other sources a limited supply may still be available at the Education Department. E-mail esuhr@mail.nysed.gov to inquire.

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Certification


6. How do I obtain my certification in technology education?

The traditional route of going through a registered teacher preparation program will prepare individuals for certification in technology education. The school district that you are applying to for a position or your local BOCES typically will assist individuals in getting the appropriate paperwork needed.

The Office of Teaching Initiatives http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ also has detailed information on becoming certified to teach technology education.

7. I have a degree (courses) in another subject area. Can those courses count towards certification in technology education?

Individuals seeking technology education certification with a degree or courses in another subject may have their college transcripts reviewed by the Office of Teaching Initiatives. Details of this process can be found on the web at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/.

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Instructional Resources


8. Can you recommend a text?

NYS is a "non-endorsing" textbook or software state. School districts have the flexibility and responsibility to identify appropriate content and resources to help students achieve the Learning Standards. One suggestion would be to contact the major educational publishers for catalogs and review copies of their texts. Colleagues at other school districts are good sources for recommendations also.

Another contact is the New York State Technology & Engineering Educators Association (NYSTEEA). external link icon

9. Where can I get a copy of a syllabus for ...?

Most state-developed syllabi are available through our Publications Sales Office at (518) 474-3806 for a nominal fee. Note that these documents have not been updated since their original development. They do form the basis for curriculum development in the aspect of technology education they cover by identifying major areas of emphasis for updating. Content outlines and a Publications Catalog are available in the Publications section of this website.

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Last Updated: January 17, 2014