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A Profile of Career and Technical Education Teachers in the 21st Century

Though Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers are pivotal to students’ academic and career outcomes, research describing CTE teachers remains scant. In this study, we use nationally-representative data to describe changes in the nation’s CTE teacher workforce during a period of significant policy changes. Today’s CTE teachers are more frequently credentialed and more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, though still less diverse than non-CTE teachers and far less diverse than the nation’s students. Women now comprise a majority, diversifying a historically male-dominated field. CTE teachers turn over at rates similar to the general teacher workforce, though novice teachers are more likely to turn over. We conclude by recommending future avenues of CTE teacher research and policy development.

Career and technical education, CTE teachers, teacher turnover, teacher characteristics, high school
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Nguyen, Tuan D., Walt Ecton, Andrew Diemer, and Cameron Anglum. (). A Profile of Career and Technical Education Teachers in the 21st Century. (EdWorkingPaper: 23-859). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

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