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Career and Technical Education: PhD

Career and Technical Education

The Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education (ASTE) faculty welcome a diverse group of students seeking to improve education. The PhD program prepares candidates for academic careers in formal and nonformal settings that demand research expertise and an understanding of the theoretical foundations. Accepted applicants will work collaboratively with faculty and other students to increase their research, program development, and teaching abilities.

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Ph.D. program is a four-year online program requiring 3-4 synchronous sessions in online courses (TBD by professor and student schedules), and the face-to-face participation on the Logan campus for one-week (third week of June) for three consecutive summers. Meeting face-to-face and completing additional CTE Ph.D. Professional Residency Requirements fulfils the School of Graduate Studies Doctoral Residency Requirements. Most students in the program take two-three classes (6-9 credits) per semester. To get a cost estimate for your graduate degree go to the USU Tuition Calculator.


This degree is designed to prepare professional and scholars who are seeking to become:

  • curriculum specialist
  • coordinators and supervisors in public or private school systems
  • educators or administrators in higher education
  • leaders working in communications or as educators in formal and nonformal settings
  • educational evaluators or researchers in various settings

Admission Requirements

Application Process

Applications are due May 1. Application documents are submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. The required documentation for the application package is noted on the ASTE Graduate Admission and Application webpage. Students are admitted each year for a fall start; however, students are encouraged to take any required prerequisite courses the summer before the fall start. Any required prerequisite courses will be noted in your acceptance letter. Typically, students who have not had an undergraduate statistics course in the past five years, and/or score below the 40th percentile on the quantitative portion of the GRE will be required to take PSY/EDUC 3010 (Statistics for the Social Sciences) or an equivalent online statistics course. Consult the USU Academic and Registration Calendar for additional semester begin and end dates.

Application Package

Applications must completed and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Meeting the eligibility and minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Complete the admissions application form and pay the application fee through the School of Graduate Studies website. The application package you submit to the School of Graduate Studies for department consideration will require:

  1. Three email addresses of individuals who will complete a letter of recommendation for you. Once you have completed the online application and paid the application fee, the School of Graduate Studies will send a link to a form via email to the e-mail addresses you have provided. Recommendation forms will be completed online and submitted electronically.
  2. Your official transcript(s) from each previously attended college and/or university, except USU. Admission requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 90 quarter or 60 semester credits earned.
  3. A statement of purpose concerning why you would like to earn a graduate degree.
  4. A current resume or vita.
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test score. A minimum score at or above the 40th percentile is required for admission. You may contact USU Testing Services, if you desire to take your test in Logan. To find the closest testing center near you, or to learn more about taking the GRE online visit the GRE website. Keep in mind it may take up to four weeks for USU to receive your scores.

 

Financial Assistance

Please refer to the USU tuition table to calculate degree costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional financial aid options.

F. Richard Beard, PhD, Texas A&M University
Associate Professor
Department: Agricultural Systems Technology and Education
Area: Agricultural systems, research and Extension
Office: ASTE 101 D
Phone: (435) 797-0573
Email: richard.beard@usu.edu


Lacee Boshetto, PhD, Utah State University
Instructor
Department: Agricultural Systems Technology and Education
Area: Research interests include preparing adolescents for the transition into adulthood using life-skills based curriculum within family and consumer sciences (FCS) courses, teacher identities of FCS educators, and career pathway curriculum.
Office: FL 324
Phone: (435) 797-1565
Email: lacee.boschetto@usu.edu


Rhonda Miller, PhD, Iowa State University
Associate Professor, Agricultural Extension Specialization Advisor
Department: Agricultural Systems Technology and Education
Area: Agricultural systems and research
Office: ASTE 109
Phone: (435) 797-3772
Email: rhonda.miller@usu.edu


Debra Spielmaker, PhD, Utah State University
Professor, School of Applied Sciences, Technology & Education - Graduate Program Advisor/Chair
Department: School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education (ASTE)
Area: STEM, Career and Technical Education
Office: ASTE 101
Phone: (435) 213-5562
Email: debra.spielmaker@usu.edu


Julie Wheeler, MS, Utah State University
Instructor, Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Extension Specialization Advisor
Department: Agricultural Systems Technology and Education
Area: Family and consumer sciences education
Office: FL 303 C
Phone: (435) 797-7521
Email: julie.wheeler@usu.edu


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Academic Advising

Debra Spielmaker
Professor, School of Applied Sciences, Technology & Education - Graduate Program Advisor/Chair
Office: ASTE 101
Phone: (435) 213-5562
Email: debra.spielmaker@usu.edu



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