Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Vocational-Technical Education


Note: Courses designed to develop professional competence; for students seeking certification in Vocational-Technical Education and special studies majors with a specialization in Vocational-Technical Education.

VTE 113     Introduction to Teaching Vocational-Technical Education     4

Introduction and application of current learning theories, Connecticut teaching standards, motivational theories, classroom management, assessment techniques, laboratory safety procedures, and basic writing of lesson plans and behavioral objectives as applied to vocational technical education. Fall, Spring, Summer.

VTE 116     Teaching Vocational-Technical Education   2

Students develop sample planning units and present prepared lessons unique to vocational technical education that include theory, demonstration, and teaching strategies. Development of portfolios based on the BEST program will be integrated into the course. Fall, Spring, Summer.

VTE 328     Shop Organization and Management    3

Physical aspects of vocational schools and shops.  Purchase and inventory of supplies, surplusing of equipment, selection and installation of equipment, and development of desirable shop layouts.  The basic philosophies and practices of exploratory work offered and the specialized training which follows.  Laboratory safety, public relations, use of instructional aids, and development of programs for special groups. Fall.


VTE 400     Evaluating Student Achievement in Vocational-Technical Education  3

Prereq.:  VTE 113. Procedures for evaluating student achievement of instructional objectives with application in vocational subjects that is reflective of BEST Portfolios. Spring. [GR]

VTE 415     Principles of Career and Technical Education    3

An introduction to the principles and philosophy of vocational education and its impact on society. A brief historical development of career and technical education, supportive legislation, characteristics of the various program fields, delivery systems, and current issues and problems. [GR]


VTE 421     Occupational Specialization   25

Award of academic credit for occupational experience. Candidates must demonstrate technical knowledge and manipulative skills by passing a written and performance examination. Open to any vocational-technical instructor enrolled in the baccalaureate program. On demand.

VTE 450     Principles and Organizations of Cooperative Work Education  3

The development and organization of work experience programs at the secondary school level. Examines those activities necessary to establish, maintain, and improve cooperative work education programs. Fall. [GR]


VTE 455     Labor Market Trends and Student Job Readiness   3

Analysis of factors influencing the work placement of cooperative work education students. Special attention given to the study of present needs as well as anticipated trends in Connecticut's labor market, and the development of a curriculum to establish job readiness skills. Spring. [GR]


VTE 472     Strategies for Improving Student Achievement: CAPT    3

Examines each section of the CAPT, reviews what is assessed on the CAPT, and examines how and why it is assessed. Students will develop a portfolio of CAPT-like assessments related to their areas of VTE instruction. Course cannot be used to meet the requirements in a CCSU teacher certification program. On demand.


VTE 480     Curriculum Development for Trade Department Heads     3

Curriculum development for trade department heads at Connecticut technical high schools.

VTE 482     Instructional Supervision and School Administration for Trade Department Heads      3

Insructional supervision and school administration for trade department heads in the Connecticut technical high school system.

VTE 490     Topics in Vocational-Technical Education  1 TO 3

Special purpose programs designed to meet the needs of selected groups of vocational teachers or directed independent studies for individual students. Provides a mechanism that encourages the vocational instructor to elect, with the guidance of University faculty, job-specific and short-term selective experiences to insure the instructor's technical expertise. May be repeated on different topics to a maximum of 6 credits. On demand. [GR]

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