Become a Trades Instructor
You have extensive training in the world of trade and industry that you can use to teach local high school students. Build on your work experience and qualifications through our trades and industry educator program from A&M-Commerce. In under two years, you will be prepared to educate high school students from grades six through twelve in carpentry, automotive technology, cosmetology and masonry. Begin your new career in teaching today!
No foreign language credits required
No thesis required
Trades and Industry Educator Certification :: Admissions
Before you apply you must meet one of the following qualifications:
Plus, one of the following
- Current licensure by a state or nationally recognized accrediting agency in any approved occupations for the classes you will be teaching OR
- A passing score on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute.
Apply to the Career and Technical Education Alternative Certificate Program
- Complete and submit the Career and Technical Education Program Application.
- Pay $50.00 application fee and a $35.00 Texas Educational Agency Assessment Fee to the Educator Certification Marketplace Store.
- Undergraduate degree with a minimum of 2.75 overall GPA
Complete the Statement of Qualifications form
- Complete the Statement of Qualifications and return to the Teacher Certification Program.
Interview and Essay
- Complete an admission interview with an educator preparation program coordinator that will use a rubric for evaluations.
- Complete a one-page double spaced essay titled “What Inspired me to Become a Teacher”, which will be used as part of your interview and be placed in your file.
Note: If unable to attend the interview in person, the essay must be e-mailed to the coordinator before the scheduled interview time.
- The coordinator will e-mail the candidate with their decision.
- A letter of invitation will need to be signed and returned within seven days to complete the admission process.
Trades and Industry Feature Courses
This course focuses on understanding learning theories and aligning effective teaching strategies that address the needs of all students. Included in this course will be a variety of diversity issues which focus on curricular, instructional, managerial and assessment techniques. Use of educational technologies in teaching and learning will be incorporated.
This course is designed for graduate students in the emergency permit or alternative certification program seeking initial teacher certification. The focus is on the reading process and the factors that condition its development. The importance of reading in school and in life serves as a background for critical evaluation of the methods and materials of reading instruction. Special consideration is given to the essential components of research-based programs and the features of classrooms that support effective beginning reading instruction.
This course will introduce the student to educational technology and current research on critical issues, trends, diffusion and adoption of technology and history and theoretical foundations of the field. Students will identify, develop and apply a variety of technological skills congruent to their educational technology philosophy.