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#1 posted 06-16-2010 04:26 PM

I went to college to get a degree in Technology Education. This degree will let me teach classes ranging from woods and welding to drafting to pre-engineering design to electronics to photography, and any number of types of classes. When I was in college (4 years ago) I was told by a professor that traditional shop classes didn’t exist anymore and the few that were still holding on were just waiting for someone to retire. I believed him until I got my job teaching “Wood Fundamentals” and “Woodcrafts” at a high school, I also teach middle school tech ed that emphasizes woodworking. Realistically, I don’t think you will find a full time job teaching woods classes by the time you would graduate from college. But there are still lots of Tech Ed programs that have a wood class or two along with classes (both traditional “shop” and the newer tech ed type classes).
When I was looking for a teaching job, there were several openings in Colorado so there are possibilities. I was thinking about moving someplace new and having some type of “adventure”, and the idea of Colorado sounded really good at the time so I was looking for jobs. An idea for you would be to look at the web pages of school districts in the area or state. Many have class description lists or department websites, look at the kinds of classes that are included in the tech ed department. Think about if you would enjoy teaching some of the classes that are listed.
If you want to teach woods classes I think you should get a degree in Technology Education. The ITEA has a list of schools that offer degrees in Technology Education, I am not sure how complete the list is, but it has a few options. Take a look at some of the schools.
Also, talk to your guidance counselor. Part of their job description is helping kids make career decisions
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