Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
In this qualitative study, I address novice, alternatively licensed Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers’ perceptions of professional development support in a southeastern school district in the state of Tennessee. The lack of tailored professional development opportunities created issues for CTE teachers because of the complexity of their teaching responsibilities. Research on effective methods of professional development for beginning CTE teachers existed; however, there were few research studies on program implementations and their effectiveness. To gather data, I used a Google survey to establish an initial, two-tiered criterion for participation, and participants who met the criteria participated in one-on-one interviews. Specifically, participants who had novice teaching experience, between one to five years of teaching experience in CTE, and held alternative certification in various subject areas within the context of CTE as defined by the Tennessee State Department of Education met the interview criteria. I identified themes utilizing the data analysis from the survey and interviews which included understanding professional responsibilities, instructional needs, educational jargon, dissatisfaction at the school level, and improved induction. Findings from this study will be useful in evaluating professional development opportunities offered to novice, alternatively licensed CTE teachers and improving the quality of instruction in the CTE classroom.
Alternative certification, Career and Technical Education, Novices, Professional development, Teachers
Seay, Desiree, "Novice, Alternatively Licensed Career and Technical Education Teachers' Perceptions of Professional Development" (2021). Ed.D. Dissertations. 38.
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching Commons, Educational Leadership Commons, Other Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons, Science and Mathematics Education Commons, Secondary Education and Teaching Commons, Vocational Education Commons