An Introduction to Career and
Technical Education

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What is CTE Project?

This is a project funded by the Ohio Division of Career-Technical Education and the Office for Exceptional Children in collaboration with Kent State University. It is designed to help career-technical centers improve the performance of all students (including students with disabilities) through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approaches as defined in the Higher Education Act of 2008.

What are the benefits of using UDL in career-tech?

Career technical educators need to be equipped with instructional strategies that ensure that all students learn to their maximum potential.  The purpose of the CTE Project is to provide some tools that are useful for all students, while at the same time, to promote greater access to students of varied abilities.

What types of UDL training?

Four 1 1/2 hour training modules can be delivered at your career center including: (a) flexible ways of presenting course content, (b) flexible ways of engaging students in course content, (c) flexible ways of allowing students to respond to course content, and (d) managing the UDL classroom. In addition, two modules focus on students with disabilities in career-tech settings, and two more are designed to help educators develop “learning communities” around UDL. Each module includes group activities where teachers try out and demonstrate a UDL approach.

How can I get involved?

Simply call or E-mail the Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment (CITE) at Kent State University. Contact Stacia Kaschak or Robert Baer or call (330) 672-0722 for more information. Our staff will help you set up training and support that is tailored to your career center’s unique staff development needs. You may review the training modules on this website (click on “modules” above) or other resources that your career center might be interested in exploring.