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Career and Technical Education Instruction - Associate Degree

The Career and Technical Education Instruction program prepares individuals to teach technology education/industrial arts programs. Graduates will be ready to teach occupational, vocational, career, or technical subjects to students at the middle and secondary school level. Wisconsin DPI Experienced-Based Licensure for Technical and Vocational Education Subjects form PI-1623 and accompanying documentation of 200 hours of related work experience or completion of a baccalaureate degree are needed to meet licensure requirements in the state of WI. This product would provide students the education needed to qualify for experience-based technical and vocational education pathway with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Program Code: 105226 New at NWTC
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Get on the fast track to a tech ed teaching career

Prepare to become a trades and technology teacher at the middle and high school levels.

Gain skills in automation, welding, CNC, mechanics, and other industrial arts areas – along with teaching techniques and theory. After graduation, if you have 200 hours of related work experience and/or a bachelor's degree, you will be qualified for experience-based licensure in Wisconsin.

Future bachelor's degree pathway: NWTC is currently working on a transfer agreement with UW-Oshkosh, expected to be finalized in 2022. Credits from this program may be transferred to the Technology and Engineering Education degree at the university.

Program Costs & Financial Aid

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This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
  • Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to complete a Caregiver Background Check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
  • Attend mandatory program orientation.

What are my courses?


The Career & Technical Education Instruction Degree is a two-year, five-semester program. Upon graduation, a student will have completed 67 credits.

Total Credits 67

Program Outcomes

  • Apply basic safety practices.
  • Demonstrate proper use of tools and equipment.
  • Read technical drawings, schematics, and diagrams.
  • Create CAD geometry, parts, and assemblies.
  • Apply child development theory to practice.
  • Effectively communicate and perform in a team environment.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to solving problems.

What careers are in my future?

Employment Potential

Employment that could be obtained with the degree:

  • Technical and vocational education experience – based licensure instructor
  • Mechanical Drafter – Solidworks Focus
  • MIG Welding
  • CNC Helper

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.