The University of Central Missouri’s EdS in Professional Leadership - Adult, Career and Technical Education option is geared toward master’s degree-holders working in education-based or career training roles.
As a CTE teacher or training program leader, you’ll learn how to better prepare adult learners or career and technical education students for a diverse range of careers that require specialized skills in your area of expertise. This graduate degree also bolsters your skill set, positioning you for higher-level jobs in career and technical education at academic institutions.
Whatever your career goals, you can tailor UCM’s Specialist degree in Education to meet your needs. We’ll even work with you to customize a program of study that will qualify you for CTE certifications in professional teaching and administration.
A flexible Specialist degree in Education program with online and hybrid options
This professional education degree is offered online or as a hybrid program. UCM’s program flexibility allows you to pursue your Specialist in Educational Leadership on your own schedule.
Earn CTE professional certifications
Bridge to EdD at Murray State University
Accredited by the CAEP
Hands-on research opportunities
Credit for external CTE training
Online and hybrid options
Choose graduate courses that align with your goals and career field. UCM’s dynamic curriculum offers career and technical education degree-seekers a variety of options in leadership, educational program development, research methods and data analysis. Sharpen your skills and develop your instincts in advanced classes such as:
Our professional education degree program culminates with a final capstone requirement. We’ll help you carry out a valuable research project or thesis that showcases your CTE skills and strengthens your resume for the competitive job market after graduation. Previous capstones have focused on topics such as how to meet the needs of apprentices with learning difficulties, the perception of weapons in CTE centers and the relationship between technical skill attainment scores and the work-readiness of CTE students.
Pathway to a doctoral degree in Education
UCM’s partnership with Murray State University allows you to pursue a doctorate in Education online as part of a two-year cohort program. You’ll complete synchronous and asynchronous classes online and finish your doctoral degree more quickly with transferable credits from UCM.
In this Specialist in Education degree program at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll benefit from hands-on learning opportunities that allow you to apply the research methods and data analysis techniques you learn in your foundation courses to your chosen discipline:
A specialist in educational leadership can serve many important roles in upper-level teaching, training and administration. With an Adult, Career and Technical Education degree focused on Professional Development from UCM, you can boost your employment opportunities and earning potential.
The advanced skills and experience you gain in educational program development, research, teaching and leadership can qualify you for senior positions as school administrators, industry educators, CTE program developers and more.
Career options for a specialist in educational leadership
Use the interactive tool below to learn more about careers with an Adult, Career and Technical Education degree, including job outlooks, earning potential and more.
At the University of Central Missouri, we pride ourselves on making our programs affordable for our students. This Specialist degree in Education costs the same for all students, no matter where they live. UCM also offers several financing opportunities to help you offset the cost of your professional education degree.
Graduate students across disciplines at UCM may qualify for general, university-wide scholarships. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
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You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the Education Specialist degree in Professional Leadership - Adult, Career, and Technical Education Option program to:
This program serves professionals with diverse backgrounds, needs, and career goals. Examples include candidates who are:
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri