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Career and Technical Education: MEd

Career and Technical Education

This 100% online professional degree program is designed to meet the needs of practicing educators and engage prospective educators in the Career and Technical Education profession.

This degree does not require a thesis and can be completed in as little as two years (five semesters, 33 credits). The School of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education web page outlines required coursework.

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 without a formal appointment in research.

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

Admission 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.
  • CTE M.Ed. applicants need to be engaged in or have experience teaching career and technical education subjects in formal or non-formal secondary or post-secondary (adult education) settings.
  • 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

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.

Dennis Garner, N/A, N/A
Senior Lecturer
Area: Business Education
Office: Student Center - Roosevelt Utah
Phone: (435) 722-1713

Edward Reeve, PhD, The Ohio State University
Area: Technology and Engineering Education; STEM Education; Internationalization
Office: IS 112E
Phone: (435) 797-3642

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

Brian Warnick, PhD, Oregon State University
Professor and Associate Dean
Area: Agricultural Education, STEM integration, teacher education
Office: AGRS 415
Phone: (435) 797-0378

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

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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Debra Spielmaker
Professor, School of Applied Sciences, Technology & Education - Graduate Program Advisor/Chair
Office: ASTE 101
Phone: (435) 213-5562

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