Distinguished Technology & Engineering Professional "DTE"



ITEEA’s Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional (DTE) designation is a coveted mark of distinction in technology and engineering education. It recognizes technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators who have demonstrated a high level of competence and professional activity in the field of technology and engineering education.

The terms "technology" and "technology and engineering" are used throughout this document; however, an area of study identified by a different title that encompasses the study of technology, innovation, design, and/or engineering education may be substituted.

DTE Overview

ITEEA created the Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional (DTE) program to provide a means for recognizing outstanding performance and accomplishments in the field of professional technology and engineering education. As one of the highest honors for professional achievement in technology and engineering education, the DTE designation recognizes the attainments of technology and engineering educators.

Consideration for the award is based upon documented evidence of leadership/management skills, continuing participation in association education programs, and demonstration of leadership in association, community, and personal activities.

The Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional program acknowledges the essential principles of adult learning. It incorporates into the process recognition and credit for work experiences and other accomplishments. The program recognizes those areas of technology and engineering education the DTE Board has determined to be most reflective of successful professional attainment.


  • To encourage a continuing program of professional development for technology and engineering educators.
  • To encourage self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement in the profession.
  • To recognize educators who have demonstrated a high level of competence and conscientiousness in technology and engineering education over a substantial period of time.


  • Increased respect and recognition by members in the profession.
  • Increased professional credibility.
  • Increased ability to compete in the job market.
  • Increased remuneration and job benefits.

Process for Consideration

To be eligible for consideration, technology and engineering educators must:

  • Have at least seven (7) years' experience as a full time technology/engineering educator prior to the date of application and have seven (7) consecutive years of membership in ITEEA and hold a current membership at the time the DTE is awarded.
  • Possess acceptable ability, character, and reputation.
  • Pledge to adhere to the ITEEA policy, "This We Believe."
  • Have attended at least one ITEEA annual conference in the last five years prior to application.
  • Have served actively on at least one ITEEA committee in the five years prior to application.
  • Donate $100 (tax deductible) to ITEEA's Foundation to be used for educational programs. This is a one-time donation regardless of the number of times you apply. Note: An applicant who is denied the DTE designation may request, at his/her discretion, a refund of the Foundation donation.
  • Have been a member of an affiliated association for the five most recent years and maintain (hold) current membership.

Award will be presented at ITEEA's Annual Conference.

For more information on the Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional program contact ITEEA via email at iteea@iteea.org or via phone at 703-860-2100.