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Secondary Education, BSE - Engineering and Technology Teacher Education

Bachelor’s Degree for Engineering and Technology Teachers

Technology is embedded in our everyday lives. As an engineering and technology teacher, you’ll help students understand its importance and how it impacts not only us as individuals but also society and the environment. Get the education and training you need at the University of Central Missouri when you complete a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.

Whether your interests include building and construction, working with materials, design, engineering or robotics, UCM’s Secondary Education program for Engineering and Technology Teacher Education (ETTE) will help you gain the skills necessary to become certified to teach in Missouri schools and even nationwide. Put your passion for working with wood and metal or computer programs to practice and learn how to share your talents with tomorrow’s students.

A history of producing the best high school engineering teachers

UCM offers you the benefit of its rich, 50-plus year history in engineering and technology teacher education. Our program, with cutting-edge education practices, is fully accredited and internationally recognized among engineering technology degrees. Join the ranks of our alumni, located all over Missouri, who celebrate and support our Engineering and Technology program and our students. You’ll also make connections and friends for life both in the classroom and when you join an education or engineering and technology teachers association.

UCM's Secondary Education program, which includes Engineering and Technology Teacher Education, offers you an accredited and well-recognized degree. In fact, we are the only ETTE program in Missouri to receive International Technology and Engineering Educators Association recognition.

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50+ years producing engineering teachers

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Average 12:1 student-faculty ratio

CAEP accreditation

CAEP accredited and ITEEA endorsed

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Early and ongoing field experiences

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Program-specific scholarships available

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Engineering tech teachers association


What you will study

In our newly renovated classrooms on our Warrensburg campus, you’ll learn the latest in engineering and technology using the tools to teach in both a traditional ‘shop’ and pre-engineering labs. Our program coursework focuses on:

  • Mechanics
  • Electrical
  • Woods
  • Metals
  • Pre-engineering

Some classes are available online for our students’ convenience and flexibility in completing your Secondary Education bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Technology.

Next steps for prospective engineering teachers

Completing UCM’s Engineering and Technology program prepares and qualifies you for Missouri’s educator certification exam.

Through it all, UCM’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program faculty, who have taught in CTE classrooms, will be here to guide you and lend their expertise.


Excellence in Secondary Education

  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • One of the Most Focused Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • One of the Most Focused Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 4.5%: Most Popular Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 5%: Most Popular Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Best Value in Education (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in engineering and technology

To earn your Engineering and Technology Teaching degree at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll practice teaching both on and off campus. In our Active Learning Classroom, you’ll use state-of-the-art equipment and technology that will prepare you to teach today’s students before beginning your practicum experience. Starting your sophomore year, you’ll also apply your skills in the field, observing a high school CTE teacher and then leading instruction. In fact, you’ll have extensive field experience prior to student teaching in your final semester. 

Join an engineering and technology teachers association

When you join an engineering and technology teachers association, you’ll have opportunities to network, learn and have fun with future engineering technology teachers. Among your options are:

  • Technology Education Collegiate Association (TECA)
  • International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)
  • Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education (MoACTE)
  • Technology Education Association of Missouri (TEAM)

Students completing Education degrees in Engineering Technology at UCM are also encouraged to get involved with local Technology Student Association chapters. This will help you understand the organization, so you can manage a future TSA or SkillsUSA chapter.


What can you do with an Engineering and Technology Teachers degree from UCM?

Engineering and Technology degrees for Secondary Education give UCM graduates choices. Not only will you be certified to work in Missouri high schools and middle schools, but you can also decide your classroom preference. This means taking the traditional route and creating with woods and metals or opting instead for a ‘clean’ shop that focuses on topics such as design and drafting, engineering, robotics and aerospace.
No matter your route, UCM faculty who are engineering technology teachers will advise you as you consider your career path and will even work with you to transfer your teaching license to another state if desired.
What opportunities exist for engineering technology teachers?
UCM maintains a high job placement rate of our Secondary Education program graduates with Engineering and Technology degrees. It’s common for our students to be employed before finishing their student teaching.
To understand the career opportunities that await you, use the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for Secondary Education Engineering and Technology degrees

An investment in your education is an investment in your future. As you evaluate Engineering and Technology degrees for Secondary Education, you may be looking for ways to finance your college education. The University of Central Missouri has a variety of resources available to help with loans, grants and work study.

Scholarships for future engineering technology teachers

Students working to be engineering technology teachers may qualify to apply for the following UCM scholarships:

  • Ben E. Moore Scholarship for a junior or senior pursuing a CTE degree in Engineering and Technology
  • William R. Harmsen Scholarship in Technology Education for a junior pursuing a degree in Engineering and Technology Teacher Education
  • Department of Career and Technology Education Scholarship, available to students seeking a degree in the area of CTE 
  • University of Central Missouri FIRST Robotics Scholarship for a high school senior pursuing a degree in STEM or a STEM education-related program at UCM 

Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to see if you qualify for these opportunities and others, including those available through UCM’s College of Education. You may also qualify for opportunities through the engineering and technology teachers association you choose to join.


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Take your degree further.

UCM graduates who become engineering technology teachers often return to increase their value to their schools and build on their careers with a master’s degree: 

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Make yourself more marketable.

Gain more knowledge in your chosen classroom with one of these UCM minors:

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Explore programs related to engineering and technology degrees.

Based on your interest in UCM’s Engineering and Technology Teacher Education program, you may also want to consider one of the following majors as you weigh your options: 

Student Learning Outcomes

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the Secondary Education program to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for entry level teaching in Engineering and Technology Teacher Education.
  • Demonstrate content knowledge in Engineering and Technology Teacher Education.
  • Demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge of technology, research, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and communication skills within the teaching profession



Upon completion of student teaching, you will apply for DESE certification within the area of Engineering and Technology Teacher Education (Technology Education). This certification will allow you to teach the content learned through this degree in the 9-12 grade level in any district in Missouri. In addition, if you choose to student teach in a pre-engineering, nationally-accredited program, you may also be certified to teach in a middle or secondary education pre-engineering program as well.


UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


Our ETTE program is the only university in Missouri recognized by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)



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