Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership: CTE Administrator Certification

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July 2024
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Become a Leader in Educational Administration – CTE Administration

City University of Seattle offers an accredited Washington State Initial Certificate for Career and Technical Education (CTE) administrators through its Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership with CTE Administrator Certification. This administrator certificate program is designed for professionals seeking to advance into leadership roles that require CTE administrator certification. You will cover topics such as leadership for career and technical education, instructional supervision; finance, law, and human resources; leadership and assessment; conflict management, community relations, and program advocacy.

You’ll have the option to complete the program online or meet in class on weekends during the school year and weekdays in summer. This is the first approved CTE administrator certification program in Washington State, and CityU is Washington State’s largest provider of program administrator certificates.

This CTE administrator certificate program is geared toward those who have at least three years of experience as a certified teacher, CTE administrator, CTE counselor, or CTE occupational information specialist, or CTE career guidance specialist, or who already hold a residency or continuing administrator certificate. Although a master’s degree is not required for CTE administrator certification, CityU offers the Master of Education in Leadership with Administrator Certification for those who desire a master’s degree. The doctoral degree, EdD, is also offered.

CityU is a clear choice for those who want to advance into education leadership through a flexible, high-quality program. All CTE administrator candidates complete a two-quarter internship in person, gaining valuable feedback from contemporaries, mentors, and our expert faculty members.

You may choose initial CTE administrator certification only or combine it with residency principal, residency program administrator, or both residency principal and program administrator.

For more information on the CTE Administrator Certification, please click here.

As of July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” City University of Seattle offers a number of undergraduate and graduate certificates that lead to gainful employment. Information for each certificate program for the latest reporting year is available here.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout this CTE administrator certificate program, you’ll learn:

  • Leadership skills for career and technical education
  • Technical skills to apply best practices and make equitable decisions related to state and federal compliance and implementation of high quality CTE programs.
  • The legal role, responsibility, and authority of CTE and other school leaders
  • CTE finance, budgeting, and enrollment projection in context with federal compliance and district and school finance
  • Data collection, analysis, and evaluation of program effectiveness
  • Personnel management, hiring and retention
  • Change management through continuous school and program improvement
  • Leadership skills in instructional supervision processes central to school improvement and positive impact on student learning
  • The role of the educational leader in establishing and maintaining a positive school climate
  • Community engagement through advisories
  • Business and industry partnerships
  • Advocacy and marketing of CTE programs

Note: Statement on 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) and 34 CFR 668.43(c). Candidates of City University of Seattle principal, program administrator, superintendent, or CTE administrator programs complete requirements to be recommended for certification or endorsement in the state of Washington. Except for Washington State, CityU has made no determination if this program will lead to licensure in another state. Please reference the resources below to determine licensure requirements and/or transfer policies in states other than Washington. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) have negotiated licensure reciprocity agreements among states. This means that if you earn licensure in Washington you may be able to gain licensure in another state based on proof of a valid Washington license. NASDTEC agreements can be found by clicking the following link. Requirements for licensure can change without notice, therefore it is important to contact the State Department of Education to confirm reciprocity in another state.



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