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Career and Technical Education, MEd

Department: School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education
College: College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Career and Technical Education

About This Degree

This online professional degree program is designed to meet the needs of practicing educators and engage prospective educators in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) profession. This degree does not require a thesis and can be completed in as little as two years.

Graduates with a CTE MEd will have the skills to improve their teaching as a highly-qualified teacher and become an educational leader in Career and Technical Education school administration. Graduates work in secondary and post-secondary educational institutions.

The program provides students with the flexibility to pursue specific CTE areas such as:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Non-formal and Adult Education
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)


  • MEd - 

  • Teacher (advanced pay scale)
    • Post-Secondary Educator
    • CTE Director
    • School Administrator

    Admissions Requirements

    Students who have met the following requirements will be eligible for acceptance into the degree program.

    • A bachelor’s degree in a career and technical education or related program from an accredited institution.
    • A 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended are required.
    • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or score at or above the 40th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). You may retake this exam multiple time, but you will not be accepted into the program until you score at or about the 40th percentile.
    • Three letters of recommendation. The applicant provides email addresses of three individuals during the online application process. USU will contact these individuals for their recommendation.
    • If you would like to begin the degree You may register for up to 12 credits of the degree courses, but will not be allowed to take any more courses after that until you are accepted into the program.

    Program Requirements

    Click here to see course requirements for the Master of Education.

    Students will determine their interest areas and design a focused program of study that includes core courses in adult education, advanced teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation, reading and applying research, and program design.

    This degree program requires 33 credits for completion; students should thoughtfully consider their area of emphasis and then along with their committee, select courses that reflect their emphasis area. Courses from other departments not listed above may be part of a program of study. This degree has been designed to be completed online, but with the approval of the advisory committee, students may take other online broadcast, or on campus courses.


    Debra Spielmaker
    Associate Professor
    Office: ASTE 102
    Phone: (435) 213-5562
    Email: debra.spielmaker@usu.edu


    Dennis Garner, N/A, N/A
    Senior Lecturer
    Area: Business Education
    Office: Student Center - Roosevelt Utah
    Phone: (435) 722-1713
    Email: dennis.garner@usu.edu

    Edward Reeve, PhD, Edward Reeve, PhD,
    Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
    Area: Technology education, educational standards, curriculum development, training and development, internationalizing the curriculum
    Office: IS 108
    Phone: (435) 797-3642
    Email: ed.reeve@usu.edu

    Debra Spielmaker, PhD, Utah State University
    Associate Professor
    Area: Agricultural Extension and education
    Office: ASTE 102
    Phone: (435) 213-5562
    Email: debra.spielmaker@usu.edu

    Brian Warnick, PhD, Oregon State University
    Associate Professor, Secondary and Postsecondary Agricultural Education Specialization Advisor
    Area: Agricultural education
    Office: ASTE 103
    Phone: (435) 797-0378
    Email: brian.warnick@usu.edu

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

    Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

    Association for Career & Technical Education: The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels.

    American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences: The mission of AAFCS is to provide leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.

    International Technology and Engineering Educators Association: The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) is the professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators.  Our mission is to promote technological literacy for all by supporting the teaching of technology and engineering and promoting the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits.  ITEEA strengthens the profession through leadership, professional development, membership services, publications, and classroom activities.

    National Association of Agricultural Educators: The NAAE is a federation of state agricultural educators associations with more than 7,650 members. Currently NAAE is focusing on three areas - advocacy for agricultural education, professional development for agricultural educators, and recruitment and retention of current ag educators. We offer a variety of programs and services to support this three-pronged mission.

    National Business Education Association: The National Business Education Association (NBEA) is the nation's leading professional organization devoted exclusively to serving individuals and groups engaged in instruction, administration, research, and dissemination of information for and about business. NBEA is the leading association devoted to the recognition that business education competencies are essential for all individuals in today's fast-changing society.

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