Course Syllabus

Course Description

This online training course is designed to introduce basic laws, rules, and procedures relevant to teaching courses at the secondary school level in Texas that involve work-based learning. Because state and federal laws change frequently, it is also designed to teach instructors who are coordinating work-based learning experiences how to find current laws, rules, and guidelines related to work-based learning.

Work-based learning covers a wide range of occupations, worksites, and students. It is beyond the scope of this course to provide in-depth training for teaching every possible course or situation involving work-based learning. Its purpose is to provide an introduction to fundamental concepts with links to additional resources useful to teachers assigned to career preparation or practicum courses.

Course Sections and Learning Objectives

Section 1: Understanding Work-Based Learning and its Terminology (60 Minutes)

The learner will demonstrate a basic knowledge of work-based learning (WBL) concepts and terminology, specifically those concepts and terms related to career preparation and practicum courses that are taught as part of career and technical education (CTE) programs in Texas schools. This section of the course will also introduce the duties and tasks that teachers assigned to career preparation and practicum courses are expected to perform during a typical school year.

Section 2: Education Laws and Rules (60 Minutes)

The learner will demonstrate an understanding of general state and federal education laws and rules related to work-based learning.

Section 3: Texas Education Agency Rules (60 Minutes)

The learner will demonstrate an understanding of Texas Education Agency (TEA) rules related to work-based learning, with an emphasis on Section V of the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) and rules regarding career preparation and practicum courses. Learners will also gain an awareness of career and technical education funding and coding guidelines.

Section 4: Local School Policies (30 minutes)

The learner will demonstrate an awareness of which local school policies pertain to work-based learning, as well as an understanding of how those policies are typically applied.

Section 5: Workplace Laws and Rules (60 minutes)

The learner will demonstrate an awareness of workplace laws and policies that must be considered when overseeing student work-based learning experiences.

Section 6: Training Stations for Work-based Learning (30 minutes)

The learner will demonstrate a basic understanding of how to identify and select appropriate training stations for students' work-based learning experiences, specifically for students enrolled in career preparation or practicum courses.

Section 7: Training Plans for Career Preparation and Practicum Students (30 minutes)

The learner will demonstrate a basic understanding of the correct way to complete typical training plans for career preparation and practicum courses.

Section 8: Recordkeeping and Documentation for WBL (30 minutes)

The learner will demonstrate a basic understanding of required and recommended records that should be kept when coordinating work-based learning experiences, with an emphasis on those records career preparation or practicum teachers must produce and maintain.

Section 9: Timeline for Implementing WBL Program (30 minutes)

The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the critical tasks and typical timeline for implementing work-based learning in career preparation and practicum courses.

Section 10: Classroom Tips for WBL (60 minutes)

The learner will demonstrate an understanding of recommended practices for implementing the classroom component of work-based learning.

Section 11: Career Cluster-specific Considerations (90 minutes)

The learner will demonstrate an awareness of cluster-specific considerations for practicum courses and other work-based learning experiences.

Section 12: Beyond WBL Experience and Graduation (60 minutes)

The learner will demonstrate a basic understanding of topics and activities that can be incorporated into work-based learning experiences to better prepare students for post-secondary education and entry into their chosen careers.

Quizzes and Grading

Each section is followed by a short quiz to test the learner's understanding of the basic concepts presented. Learners must pass each quiz with a score of 80 or better to receive a certificate of completion for the course.

Continuing Professional Education Credit (CPEs)

Upon successfully passing all twelve quizzes with a score of 80 or above, learners will be able to print a certificate of completion showing they have earned 10 continuing professional education credits (CPEs).

Recommended Prerequisite

It is recommended that teachers who are new to career and technical education (CTE) also complete TEA CTE 101: An Introduction to Career and Technical Education in Texas as a prerequisite. TEA CTE 101 can be accessed through the Texas Education Agency's Project Share learning portal at www.projectsharetexas.org.

Recommended Continuing Professional Education

It is critical that teachers responsible for coordinating student work-based learning experiences make a point of educating themselves each year on new employment laws. Many of the regional Education Service Centers offer training courses and legal updates for work-based learning. It is recommended that teacher-coordinators assigned to career preparation and practicum courses participate in these trainings.

E-mail CTE@tamucc.edu for Course Content and Technical Assistance

If you have questions regarding the course content or would like technical assistance, e-mail CTE@tamucc.edu. Please include your full name and the best way to contact you so we can respond promptly.

Last modified: Monday, August 3, 2015, 2:17 PM