Perkins V: How can states strengthen the CTE educator pipeline?

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) gives states an important opportunity to examine their pipeline of Career Technical Education (CTE) educators. The new law requires states and local recipients of Perkins funds to address how they are recruiting, preparing, and retaining CTE educators and providing them with professional development in their state plans and local applications. In addition, resources must be dedicated to these efforts. How can states strengthen the CTE educator pipeline when there is a nationwide shortage of CTE educators? Check out the resources and policy profiles below to learn about this challenge and how states are addressing it.

FACT SHEET: CTE Teacher and Faculty Shortages: This fact sheet from Advance CTE provides an overview of the alignment between CTE teacher and faculty shortages and labor market demands.

REPORT: The State of Career Technical Education: Increasing Access to Industry Experts in High Schools: This report from Advance CTE, in partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at AIR, draws on data from two national surveys to examine the shortage of industry experts in secondary classrooms and how to address it.

BRIEF: CTE on the Frontier: Strengthening the Rural CTE Teacher Pipeline: This brief explores one of the most pressing challenges rural schools and institutions face: strengthening the pipeline of qualified CTE teachers and faculty.


  • South Dakota: CTE Teacher Certification Rule Changes: To address the teacher shortage, the South Dakota State Board of Education changed administrative rules for Career Technical Education (CTE) teacher certification in November 2015, introducing more consistency and flexibility to the certification process.
  • Texas: Community College Petrochemical Initiative: The Community College Petrochemical Initiative in Texas addresses workforce development in the Texas Gulf Coast and includes community college faculty externships with industry employees.

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