Course Offerings

Fall 2012

Current Issues in CTE
Studies and analyzes recent trends, research, and issues concerning career and technical education, with a focus on evaluation, interpretation and sources. Identifies national and statewide issues, including legislation and special populations.
Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Web - Elive, Blackboard
CTE A633     3 credits       CRN71083

Curriculum & Assessment in CTE
Examines principles and procedures in the development of career and technical education curriculum. Studies theory and principles of quality assessment and assessment techniques.  Addresses current trends in career and technical education curriculum and assessment, including programs of study and third party assessment.

Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Web - Elive, Blackboard
CTE A655         3 credits         CRN  71084

Developing Programs of Study
Course further develops teachers understanding of program of study, to analyze content standards to determine how they fit in a program of study, and to work through the phases in developing a program of study for one career cluster pathway. Asynchronous, distance delivered course offered exclusively via Blackboard, open-entry.
CTE A425     1 credit     CRN 71079

CTE A625     1 credit     CRN 71082

Advanced Professional Experiences
Provides academic rigor to internships, externships, and other structured professional development activities. Days and times can be arranged to meet your needs.  Contact faculty advisor Sally Spieker at 786-6498 to develop a learning plan for this course.
CTE A695C      variable credits        CRN 71086   

Individual Research
Facilitates development of a thesis and presentation for graduate students. Days and times can be arranged to meet your needs.
CTE A698 602     variable credits, Spieker     CRN 77034

Other future course offerings – keep checking this web site for dates and registration information:

Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education (AACTE) Fall Conference (1 cr., face-to-face) – This annual conference October 29-31, 2012, benefits not only AACTE members but anyone who is interested in career and technical education at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. Keep checking for updated information, or check the Alaska ACTE website( for the most current information.

Building Student Career Pathway Portfolios (1 cr., distance delivered) - This course explores a process for teaching students in grades 6-12 to assess interests; develop an individual education and career plan based on interests, aptitudes, lifestyle requirements and projected regional workforce needs; and create a continuous, transportable electronic portfolio of student work that can be modified and updated. The course will utilize existing resources like AKCIS, WIN, WorkKeys and TERC that are available at no cost to Alaskan students, recognized and validated, and accessible throughout the state. This course is supported by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Career & Technical Education Department.

CTE Teacher Externship (3 cr.) – Course is intended for CTE teachers who organize their own learning experience in a business with the outcomes of incorporating academic, technical, and/or employability skills into a learning opportunity for students; describing careers, skills needed, and employee characteristics expected by employers; and describing all aspects of industry related to the business host's industry. The two-week externship can take place over the school year, during school breaks or in the summer. A brochure and handbook with information about this course are included on this web site under Local Professional Development Options.


Additional Professional Development Opportunities

Alaska Staff Development Network ( Distance-delivered course on many educational topics, including technology use in the classroom, are available through the Network.

Association for Career and Technical Education ( This national organization for career and technical educators provides links to professional development opportunities as well as a calendar of CTE events around the country.

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