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CTE Administration Leadership Graduate Certificate

Becoming a career and technical education (CTE) administrator requires specific training few institutions offer. At the University of Central Missouri, we not only provide this specialized graduate education but also offer you options, including our CTE Administration Leadership graduate certificate.

Are you a CTE educator or a school principal in Missouri working toward CTE administrator certification? Are you in another state but want to learn the ins and outs of being a CTE administrator? Gain the knowledge and skills you need — and enjoy flexibility in the process — when you complete this UCM graduate certificate.

Learn to become a CTE administrator at your pace

From Perkins requirements to curriculum requirements, you’ll learn at UCM what you need to know to be a CTE administrator — and in just a few classes. As Missouri’s only CTE administration training program, we aim to make it as easy as possible for you to get this critical education while balancing life’s demands. Complete all your classes online — from wherever you are and at your own pace. You’ll also have the flexibility to take courses as your schedule allows, completing this graduate certificate in as few as two semesters or in as many as you need.

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State’s only CTE admin training program

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Online courses for your convenience

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Small classes enable personal attention

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Study to be a CTE leader at your pace

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What you will study

Gain a greater understanding of administration and leadership specific to secondary and post-secondary CTE programs from the University of Central Missouri. Through coursework for your CTE Administration Leadership graduate certificate, you’ll come to understand:

  • The unique role of CTE administration in an educational environment
  • The finance and funding of CTE programs and career centers — from determining tuition rates to filling out paperwork for Perkins Act funding and grants
  • How to integrate industry-recognized credentials and national organizations — such as FFA, DECA and others, as specified by the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations — into CTE curricula

Your graduate courses are led by UCM’s full-time and adjunct CTE faculty, who not only have doctoral degrees but have also worked as CTE program administrators. They’ll tailor the curriculum to meet your exact goals and use their expertise and real-world experience to answer your questions and help chart your path.


Excellence in CTE Administration

  • With Missouri's only CTE administration certification program, UCM also offers the state's most extensive career and technical education program for unparalleled resources and support.


Unique learning opportunities in CTE administration leadership

Get hands-on experience that enhances your resume — and expands your network — while you complete UCM’s CTE Administration Leadership graduate certificate:

  • Apply your learning: Put theory to practice as part of the curriculum for your graduate certificate. You’ll engage in projects that build real-world experience specific to CTE administration. For example, you’ll create a budget for a career center and design a new — or improve an existing — CTE program.
  • Participate in an internship: If you’re also completing UCM’s master’s degree in Career and Technology Education, you may have some overlap in coursework. In that case, you can substitute a certificate class for an internship, which is necessary to be certified as a Missouri CTE administrator.
  • Join an industry association: Participate in the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education (MoACTE) or the Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators (MCCTA) to connect with CTE professionals across the state and to learn at conferences and events.


What can you do with a graduate certificate in CTE Administration Leadership from UCM?

Alumni of the University of Central Missouri’s CTE programs can be found in almost every school district and in every career center — as director or assistant director — in the state. Upon completion of UCM’s CTE Administration Leadership graduate certificate, you’ll be one step closer to transitioning from an educator or principal to leading a secondary or postsecondary CTE program or career center.

Like other UCM students, you may also continue your graduate education and earn a master’s degree in Career and Technology Education, which offers a concentration in CTE administration, or the Professional Leadership Education Specialist degree in Adult, Career, and Technical Education — a requirement for Missouri administrator certification.

Get comprehensive support for your next steps to become a CTE administrator

UCM’s CTE faculty will help you understand what’s necessary to meet Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for certification as a CTE program leader. They have also worked with students from other states to help them earn certification and welcome the opportunity to assist you as well. 

If you decide to continue your education, they’ll help plan a curriculum that meets your exact goals and keeps you on a seamless track in your career.




Financial assistance options for your CTE Administration Leadership graduate certificate

In taking steps to become a CTE administrator, you’re making strides to improve the professional skills of students within your community while expanding your career opportunities and earning potential. To help you get the education you need to enable these benefits, the University of Central Missouri offers some of the most affordable tuition rates in the U.S. We’ve also been named a top university for low student debt by LendEDU and provide resources to degree-seeking students to help finance your graduate education.

Are scholarships available to me?

When you complete one of UCM’s graduate degrees alongside your CTE Administration Leadership certificate, you may qualify for program-specific scholarships. Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to view opportunities.


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Make yourself more marketable.

Choose from five graduate certificates, which include the CTE Administration Leadership certificate, to enhance your knowledge and skills in post-secondary education:

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Explore programs related to CTE administration.

Expand your training in CTE and its administration when you complete one of UCM’s graduate degrees:


Student Learning Outcomes

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained with the Graduate Certificate in CTE Administration Leadership program to:

  • Identify, develop, practice, and reflect upon leadership, technical, and professionalism skills in CTE.
  • Identify, discuss, critique, and debate historical and current issues, trends, and topics in CTE.
  • Evaluate existing and develop new curriculum components consistent with historical and emerging curriculum design practices and theory.
  • Investigate, develop, and reflect upon your personal philosophy in CTE.
  • Become an effective CTE liaison for local education and industry professionals, customers, and society in general.
  • Effectively lead local CTE personnel, programs, and community while effectively and ethically managing resources.



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


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