Do you want to teach today’s students skills that will allow them to fill vital jobs? Get the training and credential to help you transition from the field and into your own classroom — or teach in a different area — at the University of Central Missouri. Our Career and Technology Education (CTE) undergraduate certificate will expand your skills and assist you in meeting Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements or those of another state for CTE teaching. Wherever you are, UCM can get you on the path to the CTE career you desire.
Enjoy flexibility on your path to a new CTE career
UCM’s Career and Technology Education undergraduate certificate enables you to pursue a teaching career in any area of interest, including military, culinary, automotive, health sciences and more. Our flexibility also extends to the ways you can complete the program. Choose to take all your classes online for ease in balancing other responsibilities or to get this valuable training in another state. Through our hybrid model, you can also choose to participate in some classes in various locations around the state. Either way, you can complete this undergraduate certificate in as few as three semesters to get started toward — or advance in — your CTE career.
Dr. Michelle Conrad
Department of Career, Technical and Special Education
Online and hybrid course offerings
Fulfill DESE or other state requirements
Gain temporary authorization to teach
Earn credits toward a bachelor’s degree
Finish in as few as two semesters
Before you get started on your coursework, UCM’s dedicated CTE faculty will work with you to understand your previous education and industry experience and determine the best coursework for you. You’ll learn to teach and manage a classroom as well as design and assess CTE curricula — or sharpen your skills in all these aspects.
An undergraduate CTE program that meets CTE temporary authorization certification requirements
All classes for your Career and Technology Education undergraduate certificate fulfill Missouri’s state CTE certification requirements for those wanting to transition from industry work to teaching. UCM’s CTE faculty are also happy to tailor your curriculum further to meet another state’s requirements.
At the University of Central Missouri, we believe your best learning is done both in and outside of our classrooms. Enjoy these opportunities to build your portfolio and resume and make connections while at UCM:
With UCM’s Career and Technology Education undergraduate certificate, you’ll have the credential and education you need to teach, whether your objective is to:
Junior ROTC, auto mechanics, elementary teachers, prison instructors and anyone desiring a new CTE career will find their path at UCM.
Faculty in support of your career goals
Our CTE faculty welcome the opportunity to help you find — and be successful in — your CTE career path. To understand your options, use the interactive tool below.
Completing the Career and Technology Education undergraduate certificate puts you closer to achieving your CTE career goals, whether serving as a teacher or an industry trainer. Get started on your path at the University of Central Missouri, where we offer some of the nation’s most affordable tuition rates. As a top-ranked university by LendEDU for low student debt, we also provide ways for degree-seeking students to finance their education, such as loans, grants, employment opportunities and scholarships.
Can I apply for CTE scholarships?
When you complete a bachelor’s degree alongside your undergraduate certificate, you may also qualify for CTE program-specific scholarships. You can search the UCM Scholarship Finder for opportunities.
The CTE undergraduate certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program, or you can continue into a bachelor’s degree to enhance your studies:
If you’re looking to enhance your administrative career, consider adding this UCM minor to a bachelor’s degree instead:
Let us work with you and your State Department of Education to tailor this Certificate to meet your state’s certification requirements.
You will use the knowledge and skills obtained with the Undergraduate Certificate in Career and Technical Education to:
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
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