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Career and Technology Education, MS

Designed to Meet Your Career Goals

This program is designed to prepare you to teach, administer, and lead career and technical education in middle schools, high schools, career centers, community colleges, and industrial settings. This includes exciting fields such as agriculture education, business education, family consumer sciences education, health sciences education, marketing education, engineering and technology education, and skilled technical sciences. With three options for specialization, this highly customizable degree will be adapted to meet your career goals.

As an educational leadership degree, engage in debate over historical and current issues, trends, and topics in CTE as you learn from student-centered faculty. Examine and evaluate existing policy, analyze your current curriculum, methods, and assessment strategies, and lead your colleagues as you promote CTE at the local, state, and national levels.


Flexible Scheduling

Your courses in this program are delivered online, face-to-face, or a combination of the two. This means that your courses will work around your busy schedule. Our program advisors will work one on one with you in developing a program of study that meets your needs and career goals.

Student Learning Outcomes

The knowledge and skills obtained in the Master of Science degree in Career and Technical Education will help you:

  • gain an overview of the CTE field, including secondary, postsecondary, and adult education
  • investigate and reflect on historical and current issues, trends, and topics in CTE in order to develop one’s personal philosophy in CTE
  • develop, analyze, and implement curricular and instructional components consistent with curriculum and assessment design practices and theory
  • employ data literacy strategies to develop supportive learning environments and to improve learning. (e.g. Financial, programmatic, instructional, employment)
  • locate, critique, evaluate, and create scholarly writing/scientific research in the field of CTE
  • lead, develop, and/or participate in collaborative activities with CTE stakeholders

CTE Teaching Leadership Option

This option is designed for new teachers pursuing post baccalaureate professional teacher certification (Plan A), previously certified instructors pursuing additional professional teaching skills (Plan B), or new occupational education teachers pursuing initial teacher certification through DESE. New teachers pursuing post-baccalaureate teacher certification must obtain a certification plan and take existing teacher certification courses identified by the UCM Director of Clinical and Field Services. New teachers pursuing post-baccalaureate teacher certification in CTE should create a program of study based on deficiencies listed on their professional teaching certificate. Students selecting the Teaching Leadership Option must select Plan A or Plan B:

  • Plan A – Post-Baccalaureate Professional Teaching Enhancement
  • Plan B – Occupational Education Initial Teacher Certification

CTE Administration Leadership Option

This option is designed for current or new Missouri CTE administrators pursuing administrator certification and should be pursued consistent with the certification plan.

This option may also be selected by candidates planning to pursue CTE administration in the future or for current CTE administrators pursuing additional leadership coursework. If you work in CTE administration oustide of of Missouri or in a post-secondary facility, this option is the one for you!

CTE Industry Training Option

This option is designed for career and technical industry, business, or military personnel .who plan and/or conduct training in their environment or who desire to become more effective leaders in their current positions. This option will be tailored to the candidate’s specific needs in any CTE-related field.



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri

Program Coordinator

Dr. Michelle Conrad
Associate Professor
Lovinger 2131
Tel: 660-543-4332


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