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CareerTech Teacher Institute

This program provides a unique quick start opportunity to beginning career and technology teachers who do not hold degrees in teacher education. Participants will be professionally and personally challenged as they progress through this program. The program is rigorous, but will provide beginning teachers with critical classroom strategies and foundational skills proved to be effective in today's CareerTech classroom.

Program Rationale and Overview

CareerTech teachers face the challenge of preparing all students for the high-performance workplace of the 21st century and for continued learning throughout life. With more and more teachers entering through an alternative route to certification, beginning teachers need timely, focused professional development and a significant amount of support.

  • Interactive workshops designed around key areas of competency for beginning teachers—classroom management, instructional planning, instructional strategies and classroom assessment
  • Monthly video conferences on the typical challenges facing beginning teachers
  • Participation in a professional learning community with other beginning teachers across the state
  • On-site visits from workshop instructors/coaches to answer teachers’ questions and provide feedback on their progress
  • Coordinated support with each teachers' school administrators and mentor teachers
  • An opportunity to obtain 15 hours of credit from Oklahoma State University, which will apply toward the professional core requirements for teacher certification (2013-2014 Cohort)

Eligibility for CareerTech Teacher Institute

Registration Deadline: Closed till June 2014
Training and support are designed for beginning CareerTech teachers who do not hold degrees in teacher education. The following guidelines for eligibility apply:
  • Two or fewer years of experience.
  • An alternative or provisional teaching certificate.

At this time, enrollment in the program is open to all who apply. If the number of applicants exceeds an effective student-to-instructor ratio, however, a selection process will be applied and candidates will be notified of their acceptance.

Registration Deadline: Closed till June 2014



Benefits to Beginning Teachers

The professional development sessions help beginning career and technology teachers meet the challenges that most teachers face in their first few years of teaching. For example, upon completion of the first two weeks, participants will have:

  • A classroom management plan to motivate students and promote positive behavior.
  • A course syllabus they can share with students and parents that outlines what will be taught throughout the year.
  • Lesson plans for the first two weeks of school.
  • An instructional plan for at least one teaching unit for the first nine weeks.
  • Strategies to make lessons exciting and engaging to students.
  • A comprehensive assessment plan and a format for setting up a grade book.
In two- to three-day professional development sessions during each quarter of the year, teachers reflect on how things are going, get answers to their questions and plan for the next quarter.
Monthly video conferences and coaching visits provide just-in-time answers about classroom management, assessment and planning.
Oklahoma State University, in partnership with ODCTE, will deliver this quick start program. Participants will have the option of obtaining 15 hours of university credit that will apply toward their professional core requirements for teacher certification.

Benefits to Administrators and Mentor Teachers

  • The program materials provide specific suggestions to beginning teachers that guide the interactions they will have with administrators and mentors. Suggestions include topics for discussion, areas of focus for observations and materials to share and discuss together. These materials will add substance to the teacher-mentor relationship and provide a common language the new teacher and mentor can use to discuss their practice.
  • Administrators and mentor teachers receive a walk-through checklist of specific behaviors that are taught in the professional development. The checklist can be used for administrative walk-through to provide constructive feedback or by teacher mentors to focus on what administrators will be looking for in classroom observations.
  • The program materials include research-based, up-to-date resources that can be used with any career and technology teacher. Instructional planning templates, classroom management planning forms, assessment guides and information about how to implement cooperative learning, project-based learning and the integration of challenging literacy and mathematics can help administrators and mentor teachers improve curriculum and instruction schoolwide.
  • Mentor Payment will be based on documented hours spent with your beginning teacher. Payment scale information will be available soon.


Expectations for Teachers in the Program

1. Attend all 32 days of the training sessions and video conferences. (See dates and locations.)
2. Complete teaching plans in the training sessions and use them in the classroom. As part of the training sessions, teachers will be asked to create portfolios that include teaching ideas, tools and plans. Once they have used what they plan, they will be asked to bring examples to the next training session.
3. Seek feedback from mentor teachers and administrators through the year and incorporate that feedback into classroom practice.

Specific tasks and suggestions will be provided for conversations and activities involving both the administrator and the teacher mentor.

With satisfactory completion of these expectations and submission of assignments, teachers will have met the completion requirements of the program and be eligible to earn the Basic 15 Teacher Certification if enrolled at OSU. (2013-2014 Cohort)

Expectations of Administrator and Mentor

1. Training for Administrators and Mentors.

Attend ODCTE sponsored upgrade professional development for administrators and mentors every three years.

  • One day of this training will orient administrators and mentor teachers to the program.

An administrator or a mentor will need to be present during the July training to aid the new teacher with the grade book and attendance system.

  • On the second day, you will meet with the teachers, review some of the work they have developed and begin providing feedback and setting expectations for the coming year.
2. Provide feedback to beginning teachers through the year and support for incorporating that feedback into classroom practice.

Teacher mentors and administrators will be expected to meet regularly with the beginning teacher, who will have specific topics of conversation and activities assigned for this purpose. In addition, teacher mentors will participate in the monthly video conferences with their beginning teachers. Both teacher mentors and administrators are expected to regularly observe the beginning teacher in the classroom, providing feedback and support.

3. Provide financial support for the beginning teacher to participate in all the professional development sessions, including:

    • Registration fee.
    • Travel and lodging expenses.
    • Substitute teacher pay during quarterly session dates.
4. Assist new teacher with the application process.
    • Contact your beginning teacher and ask him or her to complete the electronic application.
    • Provide your beginning teacher with the name, email and phone contact information of the building mentor and administrator who will provide support throughout the program.


Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Participate and actively engaged in the mentoring process.
  • Participate in approved mentor training (mentors must attend training every three years).
  • Provide support and instruction to new teacher.
  • Review with new teacher the resources provided.
  • Commit to spending a minimum of 72 hours in one-on-one mentoring with the new teacher.
  • Keep new teacher, instructional leader and instructional coach informed of the teacher's progress.
  • Document hours spent during mentoring process using the School Reimbursement Form.
  • Submit mentoring information on the School Reimbursement Form quarterly. Submission dates: Oct. 18, Dec. 20, Mar. 14 and May 16.

Administrator Responsibilities:

  • Participate in approved mentor/administrator training (instructional leaders are encouraged to attend training every three years).
  • Provide resources necessary for mentor to attend mentor training.
  • Develop and use selection criteria for determining their on-site mentors.
  • Provide on-site guidance and evaluation of mentoring process
  • Work with the new teacher and mentors to resolve any concerns or issues.
  • Meet with the New Teacher Team a minimum of three times -- beginning of school year, middle of school year and end of school year.
  • Provide adequate time and support for mentor and new teacher to obtain the 72 hours of mentoring.
  • Have all participants sign the New Teacher Team Agreement form at the first team meeting and submit the form electronically.
  • We strongly recommend that the new teacher and mentor be on the same campus.

Instructional Coach Responsibilities:

  • Provide a minimum of six visits to each new teacher during the school year.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities sponsored by ODCTE.
  • To serve as support, not as an evaluator, to the new teacher. Input into hiring and other personnel decisions will not be provided.
  • Facilitate team meetings with the new teacher, on-site mentor and instructional leader.
  • Provide communication to the instructional leaders, on-site mentor and ODCTE.
  • Provide guidance to the mentoring process.

New Teacher Team Agreement

Professional Development Needs Assessment

School Reimbursement Form

Observation Form

Current Mentors, Administrators and Instructional Coaches Trained

Instructional Coach Reimbursement Form

Instructional Coaching Visits and Dates


Mentor, Administrator and Instructional Coach Training

Training will be offered in the summer and fall of 2014.
If you have any questions, please call Jennifer Wehrenberg at 405-743-5155.

Tuition and Fees


There is a $750 registration fee in addition to the tuition expense. The registration fee includes meals and materials provided during training.

OSU Tuition and Fees

The following links will give guidance to the fees and tuition based on your needs for college credit.

Undergraduate Credit

Graduate Credit



Candidate Application

Thank you for your interest in the CareerTech Teacher Institute. We are working with the 2013-2014 cohort and have closed the application process.

Dates and Locations




Week 1

Week 2

July 22-26, 2013

July 29-31, 2013

Meridian Technology Center



First Video Conference

Aug. 29, 2013

4-5 pm


First Class Session

Sept. 12-14, 2013

Tulsa Technology Center, Lemley Campus, Health Sciences Center

Second Video Conference

Oct. 24, 2013

4-5 pm

Second Class Session

Nov. 15-16, 2013

Moore Norman Technology Center, Franklin Campus

Third Video Conference

Dec. 19, 2013

4-5 pm



Third Class session

Jan. 24-25, 2014

Metro Tech, Springlake Campus

Fourth Video Conference

Feb. 27, 2014

4-5 pm


Fourth Class Session

March 13-15, 2014

Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso Campus

Fifth Video Conference

April 24, 2014

4-5 pm


Summer 2014

Week 1

June 2-6, 2014

ODCTE, Tuttle Seminar Center

Week 2

June 9-11, 2014

ODCTE, Tuttle Seminar Center


Fifth Class Session

Aug. 22-23, 2014

Great Plains Technology Center

Sixth Video Conference

Sept. 25, 2014

4-5 pm


Sixth Class Session

Oct. 24-25, 2014


Seventh Video Conference

Nov. 20, 2014

4-5 pm


Seventh Class Session

Dec. 11-12, 2014

ODCTE, Tuttle Seminar Center


Sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 5 p.m. daily. If you are within driving distance of the meeting, please use your professional judgment regarding driving to class each day. Please be advised that PROMPT and ALL DAY attendance is required, including evening sessions as determined by the instructor.



Jennifer Wehrenberg, Leadership & Professional Development Specialist

Phone: 405.743.5155
Fax: 405.743.6809
TDD: 405.743.6816