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Career and Technology Teacher Education

Area 1: Business Teacher Education (9-12 Certification), Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

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The Department of Career and Technology Education at UCM offers bachelor, master, and education specialist degrees. The primary purpose of the department is to provide leadership (state, regional, national, and international) by conducting research, developing curricula, and delivering pre- and in-service training for educators in the fields of agriculture, business, family and consumer sciences, technology education, and trade, technical and health services.

Areas of Concentration

Three areas of concentration are available in the Career and Technology Education major including: Business Teacher Education (9-12 Certification), Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education (Birth-12 Certification), and Engineering and Technology Teacher Education (9-12 Certification).

Career opportunities vary including public or private school teacher, trade, industrial, or health science instructor, college-level instructor, and others. The department provides options to develop expertise and advancement in these areas.

Business Teacher Education Concentration

Business Teacher Education (BTE) is an area of concentration within the Bachelor of Science degree in Career and Technology Education, and provides students with the skills and certification requirements to teach business and marketing education in the public school system, career and technical school system, or in the corporate environment. The BTE program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and meets certification requirements set by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Business Teacher Education Program at UCM provides business education and marketing education certification courses for teachers seeking initial certification, including undergraduate students, M.S. & MAT students, AC and TAC teachers. Courses prepare students to become certified in business education and marketing education with successful completion of the appropriate exit assessment prescribed by the Missouri State Board of Education.

Academic Program

The UCM CTE: BTE undergraduate program requires that students complete a total of 120 credit hours of content from business, such as management, accounting, business communications, economics, marketing, personal finance, and software applications, along with educational pedagogy for teaching, methods of teaching business and marketing education, implementing business education programs, and coordination of cooperative education.

An alternative certification program is an option for students who have business work experience and a bachelor's degree in a related business area.

Online Class Opportunities

Many courses within the Career and Technology Teacher Education major areas are offered online or as partially online hybrid courses. Contact the program coordinator/ advisor to possibly create an online degree program plan.

Student Involvement

Business and Marketing Education students are encouraged to participate in the collegiate level PBL (Phi Beta Lambda) and DECA student organizations and competitions.


Several scholarships are offered in the College of Education and the Department of Career and Technology Education. Other benefactors have provided specifically for Business and Marketing Teacher Education students such as the Beulah Gutridge Winfrey, Wilda Dean Creighton, and Genge family memorial scholarships.


The faculty members in the Department of Career and Technology Education are dedicated professionals who bring enthusiasm for business teacher education to the classroom. Their advisement comes from their belief that business education teachers have a major positive impact on students' lives beyond the classroom.

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