Who can become a certified WBL coordinator?

Who can become a certified WBL coordinator?

While any New York state certified teacher may take the coursework to become a work-based learning coordinator there are two different extension certifications. Each extension aligns to the type of WBL experiences which may be coordinated under that certificate.

8981 Coordinator of Work-based Learning Programs Career Awareness Extension
  • Certificate for a secondary level certified teacher and/or guidance counselor
  • Coordinator must have 300 hours of work outside of classroom teaching
  • Programs qualified to coordinate: GEWEP, WECEP, CBVEP
    • General Education Work Experience (GEWEP)
    • Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (for at risk students) (WECEP)
    • Community-Based Work Programs (for students with disabilities)
8982 Coordinator of Work-based Learning Programs for Career Development Extension
  • Coordinator must possess a NYSED certification for Career and Technical Education
  • Coordinator must have 600 hours of work outside of classroom teaching
  • Programs qualified to coordinate: CEIP, CO-OP, SWAP and GEWEP, WECEP, CBVEP
    • Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP)
    • General Education Work Experience Program (GEWEP)
    • Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (for at risk students) (WECEP)
    • Career and Technical Education Cooperative Work Experience Program (CO-OP)

The Coordinator of Work-Based Learning Programs Career Awareness extension is limited to the supervision of non-registered work-based learning options such as: Community-Based work programs (for students with disabilities), job shadowing, community service/volunteering, service learning, senior projects, and school-based enterprise. These activities are provided at the school location and do not require the extension certificate. It should be noted that these WBL options also apply to the CDOS credential.

CTE programs applying for approval are required to have a certified work-based learning coordinator who holds the coordinator of Work-based Learning Programs for Career Development Extension. While other staff may assist in the implementation of the work-based learning activities the Career Development Extension is required to oversee the WBL program and ensure all activities are conducted in compliance with child labor laws.

The WBL coordinator responsible for providing WBL experience for all students may work together with special education teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The transition program and planning process for students with disabilities involves career planning and participation in work-based learning programs which under New York State regulations begins for each student with an IEP at the age of 15, or younger if appropriate.