Technology and Engineering Education: BS
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.
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
- Technical college instructor
- Industrial trainer
- University instructor/faculty (with additional degrees/training)
Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.
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 3.00 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.
There are many ways to get involved outside of your regular classwork which will enrich your university experience and jumpstart your career! Technology and Engineering Education students also have access to a wide variety of teaching laboratories for coursework and other projects:
Additive Manufacturing Laboratory: This lab offers students the capability to use state-of-the-art rapid-prototyping equipment for coursework or other projects. Equipment includes more than 15 industrial-grade 3D printers with a wide variety of material selections (including both filament and resin) and print-envelope sizes, a selective laser sintering machine, and computer workstations.
Aquaponics Laboratory: This is a teaching lab where students apply integrative STEM concepts to raise fish and plants in a recirculating closed-loop system. Aquaponics combines hydroponics (growing plants without soil) and aquaculture (raising fish) in a recirculating sustainable agricultural system. Aquaponic systems are self-contained ecosystems where water quality is continually monitored and adjusted to ensure a balance is maintained between the needs of the fish, beneficial bacteria, and plants to maintain a healthy system.
Engineering Design Lab: This open-access lab is managed by the College of Engineering and includes 32 advanced computer workstations for computer-aided drafting and design that are open for use by all USU students.
Material Processing Laboratory: This lab offers students the capability to create products from a variety of metals and polymers using industrial-grade equipment. Equipment includes CNC and manually-operated mills and lathes, industrial laser engravers/cutters, a water-jet cutter, and other equipment for casting, molding, forming, grinding, surface finishing, precision measurement, and more.
Technology and Engineering Education Project Laboratory: This flexible workspace offers students space, materials, storage, computer workstations, and equipment for a variety of project-based activities, including robotics/automation, small unmanned-aerial systems (sUAS), electronics, aquaponics, and light fabrication.
Wood-Based Manufacturing Laboratory: This lab offers students the capability to create products or structures using wood and engineered wood materials. Equipment includes advanced wood-shop equipment including a state-of-the-art CNC router and lathe cell, Saw-Stop table saws, band saws, miter saws, planers, jointers, lathes, shapers, routers, handheld/power tools, and a large paint booth.
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association: The Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) is the pre-professional organization for aspiring technology and engineering educators. Nationally, TEECA is affiliated with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) and offers TEECA members an opportunity to participate in the annual ITEEA conference, as well as TEECA-specific programming such as competitive events and professional development specifically geared for pre-service technology and engineering teachers. On a chapter level, USU TEECA meets regularly and provides members with opportunities for professional development, leadership training, community engagement, and networking, as well as social activities. All USU Technology and Engineering Education students become automatic members of TEECA.
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association: ITEEA is the professional organization for technology 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, member services, and publications.
Utah Association for Career and Technical Education: UACTE is the professional organization for all Career and Technical Education teachers in the State of Utah. UACTE is affiliated with the national Association for Career and Technical Education and supports Utah CTE teachers (including pre-service teachers) through leadership, professional development, member services, and publications.
Labs, Centers, Research
USU Technology and Engineering Education faculty and graduate students are actively involved in many research and creative projects and welcome the participation of interested undergraduate students through independent study and/or USU's Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities Program (URCO).
Office: AGRS 413
Phone: (435) 797-7091