Career and Technical Education (CTE) Horticulture Teacher

Chicago, IL, US
Aug 14, 2019
C hicago Public Schools

Career and Technical Education - Horticulture

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 360,000 students in more than 600 schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission, we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Six core values are embedded within these commitments - student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership and continuous learning.

This is a high school teaching position in Horticulture which is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The Horticulture program is a series of prescribed courses for grades 10-12 that provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the horticulture and agriculture industry. Horticulture delivers industry-based instruction that develops student competencies leading to postsecondary education and employment. Students develop knowledge and skills necessary to care for a variety of plants, greenhouse and garden management, and an understanding of business and marketing concepts. Students may be eligible to obtain certifications and internships in many of the areas of Horticulture.

CTE teachers are responsible to:

  1. Provide rigorous and relevant instruction on pre-approved hands-on curriculum in the content area and general work-place readiness.

  2. Integrate soft-skill instruction into competency-based content area activities.

  3. Support students in industry relevant competitions, industry exploration activities, professional organizations and postsecondary initiatives.

  4. Show evidence of project-based learning (e.g., competitions, capstone events, etc.)

  5. Collaborate with core content teachers on common course planning, integration and alignment.

  6. Collaborate with school-based staff (college and career coach, counselor, etc.) and CTE Partnership Development Liaisons and Program Coordinators to identify and recommend work-ready students.

  7. Attend all relevant professional development set by the Department of College and Career Preparation in order to provide the best educational experience possible for students. Examples include:

    1. Quarterly industry-focused PD sessions.

    2. Industry advisory council meetings.

    3. Instructional PD sessions.

    4. Summer Institute sessions.

    5. New teacher supports (e.g., New Teacher Center PD, CTE teacher coaching)

  8. Maintain and update industry certifications as required by Illinois State Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools.

  9. Attend CPS CTE professional development sessions if working under an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Educator License with Stipulations/Career and Technical Education (ELS/CTE) or a newly hired teacher.


REQUIRED (non-negotiable):

  • Eligible to receive an ISBE Professional Education License (PEL) in Agriculture/Horticulture Education with coursework in Horticulture, or

  • Eligible to receive an ISBE Educator License with Stipulations (ELS(CTE)) in Agriculture/Horticulture (certificate must be in place prior to teaching)

  • Minimum Associate's Degree in Agriculture/Horticulture from an accredited college or university

  • Minimum 4,000 hours (2 years full-time) of industry experience in horticulture


  • Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture, Horticulture or other Related Field

  • Previous employment experience in industry such as commercial nursery/greenhouse production, landscaping, tree planter and be familiar with methods for field and container production, as well as sustainable practices like hydroponics, botany, cycles of life, insects, natural pest management, companion planting, plant communities, nutrition and health

  • Prior teaching experience

  • Excellent planning, organization, written and verbal communication skills

  • High-level problem solving skills

  • Computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

  • Team and detail oriented

Residency Requirement: As a condition of employment with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their CPS hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district

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