Non-Degree Programs for Alternative & Supplemental Career-Technical Workforce Development Licenses

BGSU’s teacher licensure programs for those who are employed by Ohio school districts to teach career-technical workforce development (CTWD) based upon their work experience in the career field to be taught.  These are the only programs of their type in Ohio that are offered completely online. While online courses demand more self-discipline than traditional courses, they offer the significant benefits of greater scheduling freedom and savings on time and costs of travel. The goal of these licensure programs (previously called “Route B”) is to contribute to your success as a career-technical education teacher.

You may pursue the courses in these programs as an undergraduate or as a graduate student. All undergraduate credits apply to BGSU’s completely online Learning Design and Technology baccalaureate degree program. All graduate credits apply to BGSU’s completely online master’s program in Workforce Education and Development.

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree, as you decide whether to take the courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, please consider that many school districts pay teachers with graduate credits or master’s degrees higher salaries. In addition, be aware that once a course is taken at the undergraduate level, it can never be used toward a master’s degree or for any other purpose for which a graduate course is required.

A four-year Alternative Resident Educator License for Teaching in Career-Technical Workforce Development is issued by the state to those meeting specifications including work experience in the career field to be taught. During the first four years of teaching, the teacher must complete a 24 credit hour program at a university approved to offer the program. BGSU’s approved program is the only one in Ohio that is available completely online. The courses in this program apply to the master’s degree program. 

In Ohio, a Supplemental License for Teaching in Career-Technical Workforce Development (CTWD) is issued to the holder of a standard teaching license at the request of an employing school superintendent. Once a supplemental teaching license has been issued, the teacher is required to complete an approved university supplemental licensure program such as BGSU’s Supplemental License for Teaching in Career-Technical Workforce Development program. The courses in this program apply to the master’s degree program.