Become an Educational Leader in Career and Technical Education
The PhD program prepares candidates for academic careers in formal and nonformal settings that demand research expertise and an understanding of the theoretical foundations. Accepted applicants will work collaboratively with faculty and other students to increase their research, program development, and teaching abilities.
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Degree at a Glance
*This estimation reflects three semesters of tuition and fees for in-state part-time resident students using the 2021-2022 Tuition & Fee schedule. Final tuition and fees may vary on a case by case basis. Please contact the Utah State University registrar’s department, or see the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for full information regarding tuition and fees.
Career Outlook for Graduates
With your PhD in Career and Technical Education, you are prepared as an educational leader who can conduct and interpret research, educate future teachers, manage educational teams in formal and nonformal settings, or direct curriculum development.
This degree is designed to prepare professionals and scholars who are seeking to become:
- Curriculum specialists
- Coordinators and supervisors in public or private school systems
- Educators or administrators in higher education
- Leaders working in communications or as educators in formal and nonformal settings
- Educational evaluators or researchers in various settings
- Higher Education Administrator – $95,410
- Higher Education Instructor – $79,540
- Instructional Coordinator – $66,290
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020
Why Earn a PhD in Career and Technical Education from USU Online
This degree provides flexibility for those who are engaged professionally but have the desire to earn their degree. There’s no need to lose your income or disrupt your life to advance your education. In addition, professional experiences are gained through our week-long summer seminars that emphasize networking, mentoring, and research opportunities. The CTE PhD program at Utah State University is the only online PhD program specifically developed for CTE educators in formal and nonformal settings.
Resources for Online Students
For online students based in Utah, resources such as local support, study spaces, BlueZone WiFi, and testing services, are available at the statewide campus nearest to them. Students both in-state and out-of-state have access to virtual services provided from various organizations and offices based at Logan main campus. See our Student Resources page for more information.
International students studying at USU on the F-1 or J-1 visa must have the majority of their classes each semester be face-to-face in order to meet the physical presence requirement to maintain their visa status. Students on the F-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan or USU Eastern campuses. Students on the J-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan campus.
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Graduate Program Director