Program Terms and Definitions

Extensive information and forms related to becoming a CTE teacher are available at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) website.

CTE - 36 - an ODE form that records the experiences of a prospective Career-Technical teacher to ensure the candidate has the correct experience to teach a CTE subject. The school district completes and keeps it on file. (It is NOT sent to KSU.)

CTE - 37 - An ODE form that indicates a school district has hired an unlicensed CTE teacher. The form must be signed by the appropriate school administrator and SENT to KSU. (See address below.) This form permits the teacher to enter the Alternative Resident Educator licensure program. (It is an employment verification form and a program verification form.)

Traditional or Academic License (formerly referred to as Route A) - A traditional path to obtaining a CTE license along with a bachelor degree. Route A requires student teaching. This CTE teacher is hired on a One Year Supplemental license while the coursework is completed.

Alternative Resident Educator LIcense (formerly referred to as Route B and/or Industry Option) - A non-traditional path to obtaining a CTE license. This hiring is based on a candidate's work and/or professional experience.

NOCTI - The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute provides testing services to C-T teachers who wish to verify their work experience and apply the earned credits-by-exam toward a bachelor degree. (From 12 - 24 credit hours.)


Alternative Resident Educator license for Career-Technical Workforce Development - this is the issued to a teacher hired out of their industry to begin the licensure coursework. It must be signed by a local school administrator and submitted with a CTE 37.

Initial five year (Advancing to a Five Year CTE License) - upon completion of a licensure program, the teacher applies for initial five-year license. The application process is related to the licensure path (One Year Supplemental or Alternative Resident Educator) the teacher has taken to obtain the license. Teachers will be given specific application directions by KSU for the five-year license near the end of the program.

(Send completed and signed CTE 37 (upon being hired as a CTE teacher) to our program at: Kent State University, PO Box 5190, 150 Terrace Dr., School of TLC, CTTE Program, 412 White Hall Attn: Lynda Paul, Kent, OH 44242-0001.)