The CTE Educator

A newsletter from Career Technical Educator Preparation

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Volume 3, Issue 3 (Spring 2023)

Getting closer to real spring!! This newsletter is full of information for you as you prepare to register for summer and fall classes. (I know it's only March, but we get ready early)

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It's that time of year;

  • Summer registration begins on March 20, 2023
  • Fall registration begins on April 3, 2023.

Please contact your advisor to determine what courses you should be taking - DO NOT just register for courses that you think you should take; be sure they are the correct ones by checking with your advisor!


IF you are graduating in the May 2023 or December 2023, you MUST Apply to Graduate. See your degree works for a link! You cannot graduate without this!

Graduate Students - look for "Apply to Graduate"

Undergraduate Seniors - look for "Senior Check Form"


New this year! The Department of Career and Technical Educator Preparation (CTEP) will be hosting a Panel Discussion with State Experts. The discussion topic is: Sustaining and Supporting the Future of Career Technical Education (CTE) in New York State. Included below is the flyer for this event and it includes the links for registration (FREE); only 90 in-person registrations will be accepted, so register soon. If you cannot attend you can register to be in attendance virtually.

ALUMNI? About to become ALUMNI?

Alumni or soon-to-be Alums,

Please keep in touch and let us know what you are up to! We love to hear from you! Drop a line to any of the faculty or link us into something you have done or are doing! Seeing what you have accomplished and sharing kudos makes the circle of learning and giving back complete!

CTE Scholarship Opportunity

  • Please note that it is open to Schenectady County residents who will be enrolling in Fall 2023 skilled trades classes or are studying to teach vocational subjects.
  • If a student has a Schenectady County permanent address and are taking classes for teacher education in the trades, they are eligible for this opportunity.

The scholarship was established to honor the memory of David J. Goyette. Dave was a force of goodness in the world. He had a gift for making everyone he encountered feel valued and was known for his quiet acts of kindness, uplifting words, and sharing of whatever knowledge might help someone. Dave earned an A.O.S. and A.A.S. in HVAC/R and had a successful career as a service technician, manager, and trainer for many years. To fulfill his life-long dream of being a teacher, at the age of 49 he received a B.S. in Vocational Education from SUNY Oswego, summa cum laude. Dave taught HVAC/R at several schools including FMCC, where he developed the HVAC/R certificate program, its curriculum and courses, and established the laboratory. Dave believed in the value of a vocational education and this scholarship is intended to benefit those with his character traits.

Recipients will be selected who are deemed people of good character, exemplifying kindness, integrity and a strong work ethic.

Use the link above, to apply!

SUMMER? Looking for something to do toward your degree?

All students who graduate from CTE at either the graduate or undergraduate levels must have:

  • SSHS 1020
  • DASA 1020

Safe Schools, Healthy Students (SSHS) and Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) are professional development workshops administered through SUNY Oswego's Division of Extended Learning in support of degrees conferred through the School of Education.

SSHS 1020 is made up of 8 workshops and is taught in an online format. It costs $200.

DASA 1020 is made up of one workshop and is taught in an online format. It costs $90.

You can register for both of these over the summer - they are both offered online! They both MUST be taken before you can student teach.

NOTE: If you have already taken DASA somewhere else, you can make a copy of your certificate, write your ID number on it and send it to the Registrar. It will then be added to your degree works and fulfill the requirement for graduation. You do not have to retake it.

For more information, go to:

Dates to Know for Spring 2023:

  • Summer Registration - Begins March 20, 2023

  • Fall Registration- Begins April 3, 2024

  • Spring Break - March 13-17

  • Comprehensive Exam - GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY must take this exam to graduate; It should be taken the semester you student teach, or your last semester of coursework if you are not on a student teaching track Contact Dr. Woodworth if you are unsure.

EXAM: WHEN: Saturday, March 25th, 2023 - 8 AM - NOON
WHERE: ONLINE - via Brightspace and ZOOM
REVIEW: WHEN: Tuesday, March 14th, 2023 - 6-8 PM
WHERE: Via ZOOM (those registered for the exam will be invited to the zoom

(must be registered by March 14th AT NOON)

  • Occupational Competency Exam - Not needed by everyone; Your advisor will let you know if you need to take it
EXAM: April 1st, 2023. All other details will be shared with those who register for the exam. Contact Dr. Ogwo for questions.

  • Last Day of Classes - May 5, 2023

  • Graduation - Saturday, May 13, 2023 (We hope to see all of our graduates there!)

THINGS TO DO! Please check this!!

This is a list of highly suggested "to-do's" !

EVERYONE (Graduate and Undergraduate):

  • Check your Degree Works to see that your courses are filling your requirements and that you are keeping up with your degree completion; check with your advisor for clarification on anything. You are responsible for your own progress!

  • GRADUATION IN THE NEXT YEAR? You need to apply to graduate - there is a link in your DEGREE WORKS - sign up now if Spring or Fall 2023 is your last semester.


  • GRADUATE STUDENTS - if you have COMPLETED 12 credits, you must apply for Candidacy - see your degree works for the link to do so.

  • GRADUATE STUDENTS - during your LAST semester of your degree program, you must sign up for and take the Comprehensive Exam - this is required for graduation.


  • CTE 509 is a prerequisite for most of the other courses in our MSEd Initial Certification programs; be sure to take that as one of your first courses

  • CTE 312/512 should not be taken until your FINAL semester of coursework before student teaching. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT; you will be dropped if you register for it before you should. THANKS!

  • All email communications with SUNY faculty/staff should be done using your email. This is for security reasons. Please be sure to link your oswego account to whatever account you use most frequently so you do not miss important information!

  • FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS; if you are half way or more (18 credits or more credits completed) through your degree, you are eligible for an Internship Certification with NYS, and Oswego can give you the recommendation to get it. This allows you to start teaching before you finish the degree for initial certification; you have 3 years in which to complete the degree under this certification. Contact your Advisor for more information


Each edition we will feature a different professor in the department in an effort for you to get to know us better. This feature is taking a break this issue and will be back in future issues:

Next issue we will meet some of our Adjunct Professors.



  • Our online platform for classes is BRIGHTSPACE - this is where you will find the courses you registered for. To access BRIGHTSPACE, go to: and sign in using your credentials. We recommend bookmarking it on your computer.

  • You will not be notified when your courses open: Check Brightspace during the week prior to classes beginning.

  • Courses generally "go live" approximately a week before the official start of classes. This allows access to the courses so you can get used to working in BRIGHTSPACE and figure out what you will need to do for the semester. You are not required to be in the courses until the first day of classes, but this is an excellent opportunity to get a head-start!


This section of the newsletter provides links on CTE articles that are in the news; some informational, some entertaining, all important! Enjoy!


These items will make your experience as a student easier:

  • Whenever you contact one of your Professors for anything, please include your ID number - there are tens of thousands of names in our system and it can be difficult to find you without it; this makes if easier for everyone!
  • Make appointments with your professors; our schedules have us on and off campus, and we want to be sure to help you!


Need to contact us? Here is how you can do so:

Dr. Benjamin Ogwo – Department Chair

· Dr. Jan Woodworth - Graduate Coordinator

· Dr. Star Matteson – Undergraduate Coordinator

Prof. Cynthia Thomas - Visiting Assistant Professor

· Administrative Assistant - Beth


We plan to highlight current students and alumni in our newsletters. Please send updates on what you are doing to for inclusion in future newsletters!


Phillip Keville ('23)