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Instructor Appraisal Requirements and Process
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare and support students in the use of demanding career-related technical and academic knowledge and skills needed for success in high school, college, and highly-skilled careers. Appropriate preparation and qualifications of CTE teachers is crucial to the success of students enrolled in these programs.
CTE Teacher licensure in the state of Oregon is based on these three essential components:
- All teachers of CTE courses in ODE-approved CTE programs will have valid teaching licenses issued by TSPC;
- Those teaching licenses will have CTE endorsements appropriate for the program of study in which the teacher is working;
- Individual school districts are responsible for ensuring a) teachers are appropriately assigned, b) they fulfill the requirements for professional development, licensure renewal, etc. as determined by OAR and/or an Instructor Appraisal Committee (IAC).
Instructor Appraisal Process:
At the heart of the Instructor Appraisal Process is the Instructor Appraisal Committee. This committee is comprised of representatives from business and industry, the school district, the Regional CTE Coordinator and ODE, if desired. It acts on behalf of the school district in evaluating a candidate's qualifications. For the successful candidate, the committee chair completes and signes a TSPC recommendation form requesting that the candidate be issued a teaching license with the appropriate CTE endorsement.
If, in review of the applicant's credentials and experience, the IAC members feel a waiver of the work experience and/or associate degree requirements would be appropriate, a waiver request process can be initiated.
A teacher who has received a special CTE license with an appropriate CTE endorsement through the IA process is authorized to teach only in an ODE-approved CTE Program of Study.