What does a Vocational Education Teacher, Postsecondary do?

Teach or instruct vocational or occupational subjects at the postsecondary level (but at less than the baccalaureate) to students who have graduated or left high school. Includes correspondence school, industrial, and commercial instructors; and adult education teachers and instructors who prepare persons to operate industrial machinery and equipment and transportation and communications equipment. Teaching may take place in public or private schools whose primary business is education or in a school associated with an organization whose primary business is other than education.

Jobs Roles

  • Supervise and monitor students' use of tools and equipment.
  • Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress, provide feedback, and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Present lectures and conduct discussions to increase students' knowledge and competence using visual aids, such as graphs, charts, videotapes, and slides.
  • Administer oral, written, or performance tests to measure progress and to evaluate training effectiveness.
  • Prepare reports and maintain records such as student grades, attendance rolls, and training activity details.
  • Supervise independent or group projects, field placements, laboratory work, or other training.
  • Determine training needs of students or workers.
  • Provide individualized instruction and tutorial or remedial instruction.
  • Conduct on-the-job training classes or training sessions to teach and demonstrate principles, techniques, procedures, or methods of designated subjects.
  • Develop curricula and plan course content and methods of instruction.
  • Prepare outlines of instructional programs and training schedules and establish course goals.
  • Integrate academic and vocational curricula so that students can obtain a variety of skills.
  • Develop teaching aids such as instructional software, multimedia visual aids, or study materials.
  • Select and assemble books, materials, supplies, and equipment for training, courses, or projects.
  • Advise students on course selection, career decisions, and other academic and vocational concerns.
  • Participate in conferences, seminars, and training sessions to keep abreast of developments in the field, and integrate relevant information into training programs.
  • Serve on faculty and school committees concerned with budgeting, curriculum revision, and course and diploma requirements.
  • Review enrollment applications and correspond with applicants to obtain additional information.
  • Arrange for lectures by experts in designated fields.
  • Acquire, maintain, and repair laboratory equipment and tools.
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