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Technology and Engineering Education: BS

Technology and Engineering Education

The degree in technology and engineering education prepares students to teach technology, engineering, or vocational subjects in middle schools, high school, or trade and technology education centers. The program provides hands-on learning opportunities for students to gain the technical expertise they need, and the curriculum in education helps them learn to be effective teachers.


  • Technology and Engineering Education: This emphasis is for students wishing to teach technology subjects in a middle school or high school. Students are eligible for a teaching license in secondary education upon completing the program. Students in this emphasis undergo a more rigorous plan of study compared to other programs across the nation, making them better prepared to teach engineering courses at the high school level. Because they are qualified to teach both subject areas, and because engineering and technology teachers are highly sought after nationwide, students who graduate from USU have 100% job placement in teaching positions after graduation.
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences Education: This emphasis is for students who wish to teach a specific trade, such as welding, mechanics, woodworking, and more. Graduates from this emphasis work as teachers of vocational courses in these areas at the high school or post-high school level. This emphasis does not 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.

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

  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Postsecondary teacher
  • Industry trainer

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

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: In order to be accepted into STEP, students must go through an application process, which includes the following: 
    • Complete 60 semester credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Complete certain core courses (see department for more information)
    • Complete a speech and hearing test
    • Pass the Teacher Education Writing Exam
    • Provide an unofficial copy of  your transcript
    • Pass a criminal background check (this should be done one semester before submitting the application)

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

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

Technology and Engineering Education Club: The mission of the TEEC is to enhance the educational, professional, and social experiences for its members. The USU Technology Education Club provides career related lectures, seminars, and field trips for its members.

Labs, Centers, Research

With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. USU’s Honors Program prepares students for excellent graduate programs by helping them build relationships with professors, participate in research projects, take smaller, more intensive classes, and develop leadership skills.

Communications Systems Laboratory: This lab allows students access to any communication materials they need, such as digital audio and video production equipment, computer workstations, and a sound booth.

Computer and Electronics Laboratory: Both the Digital and Analog Electronics Lab and the Computer Networking Lab combine to make up the Computer and Electronics Laboratory. The Digital and Analog Electronics Lab offers students PSpice and cadence PC-board development, signal generators, digital oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, DC power supplies, spectrum analyzers, and a PC board prototyping router. The Computer Networking Lab encompasses 16 computers, a fluke network analyzer, RF communication monitors, and wireless routers.

Engineering and Computer Graphics Laboratory: This lab offers 40 engineering graphics workstations, full autodesk CAD software, and other software, such as MS Office, MS Project, MS Viso, Matlab, Photoshop, and FAA Testing software. It also has printers, including a Designjet 1050C wide-format printer and a Designjet 30N graphics printer. A manual drafting facility with 36 stations is also available.

Manufacturing Systems Laboratory: This lab offers students the capability to work with a variety of polymers and metals. It has equipment for casting, molding, forming, grinding, polishing, automation, and controls, as well as industrial robotics, machine tools, materials joining. Students also have access to computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, and computer-integrated manufacturing functions.

National Center for Engineering and Technology Education: NCETE is one of the 17 National Science Foundation-funded Centers for Learning and Teaching in the country and the only center addressing engineering and technology education. The ultimate goal of NCETE is to infuse engineering design, problem solving, and analytical skills into K-12 schools.

Project Development Laboratory: This laboratory has technical equipment, such as tensile test machining (structural stress analyzer 1000), an electronics assembly station, rapid prototyper (Z-Printer 310), robotics development station (mindstorms, techniks, custom robotics), hydraulics development station, and six computers.

Wood-Based Manufacturing Systems Laboratory: The wood-based manufacturing systems lab offers students the capability to work with wood-based products. Students can use wood lathes, table saws, jointers, planers, sanders, wood-assembly equipment, and a paint booth.

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