Career and Technical Education

Program Requirements - Online Master of Science in Career and Technical Education

The M.S.Ed. is a 30 credit program with 15 semester hours in core course requirements and 15 semester hours in a program concentration.  Candidates develop program concentrations in cooperation with their advisors.  Each concentration is created by designing “blends” with other College and/or University programs. 

Program Requirements

Vocational Supervisor Certificate

The Core (15 semester hours):

Program Courses
Course Title Credits
CTE 8501 Curriculum Development for Program of Study in CTE
CTE 8528 Creating a Culture of Teaching and Learning in CTE
CTE 8595 Managing Resources and Data Driven Decision Making
CTE 8507 The Role of CTE in Workforce and Economic Development
EA 5302 Context for School Reform: Education, Law, Policy, and Politics
  Council of Education review for vocational supervisor certification.
  Total credits required for vocational supervisor certification

The Concentration (15 semester hours):

Career and Technical Education in America responds to schooling, economic development, and workforce development issues.  The program, therefore, is designed to assist in the preparation of career and technical educators (e.g., teachers of business, computer, and information technology education; marketing education; industrial education; family and consumer sciences education; health occupations education; curriculum specialists; technical trainers; career and technical central office administrators) in both public and private sectors.  These educators will be capable of instructing, managing, and providing leadership for diverse populations and programs in secondary schools, area career and technical centers, private trade and technical schools, community colleges, and in corporate technical training facilities.  Through an inter-disciplinary approach, emphasis is placed on learning experiences from several fields and functional areas of career and technical education.  Candidates pursue course work related to career enhancement or specialized needs in one of the following concentrations: Comprehensive Career and Technical Education; Business, Computer, and Information Technology Education (BCITE); Marketing Education; Industrial (T&I) Education.  The concentration and related course work is selected in consultation with an advisor, and must be in keeping with stated career goals.    

Career Enhancement Programs can be developed that result in or lead to the following:

  • Leadership Careers (as career and technical supervisors, curriculum specialist, or administrative directors in secondary and post-secondary public and private institutions)
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Industry Education Coordination
  • Technical Training in Business and Industry

Specialization Programs can be developed that result in or lead to the following:

  • Improved instruction in accounting, law, information systems, as well as other content areas
  • Improved instruction in marketing, merchandising, management, retailing, and related content areas
  • Improved instruction in career and technical and related content areas
  • Improved instruction related to special and challenged students in career and technical content areas

Vocational Director Certificate 

Concentration Courses

Concentration Courses
Course Title Credits
CTE 5423 Leadership in CTE
CTE 8521 Collaborartive Processes for Effective CTE Programs
CTE 8527 Program Planning, Evaluation & Systems Alignment in CTE
*EDUC 5393 Leadership and Supervision for Diverse Contexts
*EDUC 5304 School Operations: Finance, Management, Technology
CTE 9885 Internship in Career and Technical Education
  Council of Educators review for vocational director certification
  Total credits required for vocational director certification including credits for vocational supervisors certification

* Required for all concentrations

Additional Requirements

There is no comprehensive written examination required; however, the program does have a capstone course requirement.  The capstone course includes a field-based project and a culminating performance (portfolio) assessment, which is aligned with a candidate’s program concentration. To remain in good academic standing, a student must not accumulate more than two grades below B- or one F.  To graduate students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and may not have an incomplete on their graduate record.Student must be continuously enrolled every fall and spring semester. A fee of $25.00 is charged by the University for any semester a student is not enrolled and a leave of absence form must be filled.