Technology and Engineering Education - BS

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

About This Degree

A degree in Technology and Engineering Education prepares students to become highly qualified high school or middle school Technology and Engineering teachers who can help students develop the technological literacy and technical skills that are increasingly necessary in our changing world.

The ever-increasing rate of technological development and the impacts of globalization have created a strong demand for individuals who are technologically literate, skilled, innovative, and capable of working in teams. The world looks toward specialized educators to meet this demand. Graduates from the Technology and Engineering Education program at USU are highly sought after, resulting in 100% job placement in top teaching positions at middle and high schools throughout Utah and nationwide over the past 10+ years. Typically, graduates receive multiple employment offers even before completing their student teaching. Graduates of the program with appropriate skills and/or additional training may also choose to seek employment at the post-secondary level or as industrial trainers. Some graduates also pursue Masters' or Doctoral degrees.

A minor in Technology and Engineering Education is also available for USU students seeking education degrees in other content areas, but who wish to enhance their marketability by obtaining an additional endorsement in middle school Technology Education. For more information, contact the advisor for Technology and Engineering Education.


Technology and Engineering Education:

This emphasis is designed to prepare graduates for rewarding careers as teachers in Technology and Engineering at the middle school and high school levels. Technology and Engineering Education students develop their ability to use technological tools, processes, and systems safely and effectively in a laboratory setting by taking classes in a wide variety of technical areas, including Manufacturing, Automation/Robotics, Construction, Information Technology, Agricultural Technology, Transportation/Logistics, and more. Students learn to apply these skills and teach technological literacy in a classroom setting by completing coursework in teaching methods, assessment and evaluation, teaching and learning theory, and laboratory/classroom management. Students will also participate in enriching professional development activities and field experiences.

Skilled and Technical Sciences Education:

This emphasis is for students who wish to teach a specific trade, such as welding, automotive mechanics, manufacturing, and more. Graduates from this emphasis work as teachers of Career & Technical Education courses in these areas at the high school or post-high school level. This emphasis does not currently lead to secondary school licensure.

Education Component

This is for the technology and engineering education emphasis only. In order to obtain a secondary teaching license for grades 6-12, students must complete the 35-credit Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP), which includes one semester of student teaching in a public school. This program is administered by USU’s School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Student must apply to the School of TEAL the semester before taking STEP courses. This is usually the fall of their junior year. Students learn subject content through the ETE Department, and spend the last year or two studying education techniques through the STEP program.

Students in the technology and engineering education program do not need to have a minor because the program provides students with knowledge in several subject areas, therefore, expanding their career options.


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Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in engineering and technology education, students may pursue the following careers:

  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Technical college instructor
  • Industrial trainer
  • University instructor/faculty (with additional degrees/training)

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Phone: (435) 797-7091

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University's admissions requirements, this program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.75 total GPA for admission to this major.
  • STEP Requirements (Technology and Engineering Education Emphasis Only): Students choosing this emphasis must apply, be admitted to, and complete the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) administered by the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services to complete their degree and obtain a secondary teaching license with an endorsement in Technology and Engineering Education. Typically, students apply for STEP during fall semester of their junior year. In order to be accepted into STEP, students must go through an application process, which includes the following:
    • GPA of at least a 3.00 (and maintain a minimum of 3.00 through graduation).
    • Complete and pass the background check.
    • Complete admission core course requirements (see STEP application).
    • Foreign Language majors/minors-must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview. See your languages advisor for information.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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