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Career and Technical Education

The Career and Technical Eduction (CTE) program at UCM has many opportunities for you to enter this dynamic field. If you're already in CTE, our degree programs can help you advance in your career and enhance your experiences.

Opportunities for Advancement and Education

Meet Your General Education Requirements

The CTE program at UCM is also home to several general education courses: 

CTE 1210 - Managing Information Using Computer Applications GE (2)

Application of current and emerging software to gather, evaluate, communicate, and manage information for academic and professional success while adhering to academic guidelines for research and data management.

This course fulfills Foundational Skills Competency #5 in the Managing Information area of the UCM General Education Program.

CTE 2000 - Technology and Society GE (3)

Explores the nature of technology, technological systems found in all cultures, the control of technology, and implications for change.

UThis course fulfills Foundational Skills Competency #5 in the Managing Information area of the UCM General Education Program.


CTE 3060 - Technical Writing GE (3)

Technical writing basics, techniques, and applications. Uses a practical focus so students internalize the skills necessary to produce clear and effective documents and reports. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1020; or ENGL 1080 with a grade of C or higher.

This course fulfills Foundational Skills Competency #1 in the Writing II area of the UCM General Education Program.


CTE 3116 - Creative Thinking for a Better World GE (3)

Understanding and applying formal creative thinking techniques as a responsibly-engaged member of society in order to affect positive change for a better world.

This course fulfills Knowledge Competency #9 and Foundational Skills Competency #4 in the Engagement area of the UCM General Education Program.

CTE Learn Undergraduate and Graduate Credit Opportunities

CTE Learn Undergraduate and Graduate Credit Opportunities

Find out more about how you can work toward college credit for completing CTE Learn requirements via the CTE Learn online learning network for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). With over 150 self-paced courses for CTE professionals, you can enroll in any course at any time to meet your individual learning needs.

Click here to learn more!

FCS Workshops

Watch this space for upcoming FCS Teacher Workshops!

Career Pathways for the Teaching Profession

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To register, complete our online registration form!

PLTW Graduate Credit Opportunities

PLTW Core Training Institute (Graduate Credit Only)

UCM offers Graduate credit for educators completing PLTW Core Training Institute (CTI) requirements. These courses are only offered during the summer semester. All PLTW CTI courses are only $125/credit hour!

What is PLTW?

The Engineering and Technology Teacher Education Program within the School of Professional Education and Leadership in the College of Education is nationally certified to provide pre-service training for technology education majors in the internationally acclaimed secondary engineering education program, PLTW. The University of Central Missouri and Purdue University were the first institutions to meet the rigorous requirements for this certification. Upon graduation, students meeting the program requirements will be certificated to teach PLTW courses anywhere in the United States, Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Graduates will still need to be licensed in the state they will teach.

PLTW, a not-for-profit educational organization, provides a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare a diverse group of students to be successful in science, engineering and engineering technology. High school students successfully completing PLTW courses and passing the national college exams have the potential for earning undergraduate university credits through our office of Extended Studies.

What is Required for Graduate Credit?

We require a graduate level paper to be written and submitted to obtain graduate university credit (yes, that means one paper per course). A rubric for that paper is included in the materials packet for each course. Enrollment for PLTW Graduate Credit will not be processed until all required documents are submitted, including the paper, and only during summer semesters. All required items must be in our office no later than close of business on the last day of the summer semester (Thursday, August 2, 2018) to allow time to review items before grades submission deadlines.

Please do not send payment with your materials. Instructions for payment methods will be provided once you are enrolled. 

If you missed enrollment for Summer 2018, please contact the School at (660) 543-4452 or to investigate other enrollment opportunities. 

Please check back here for next year's enrollment packets starting in May 2019. Packets will include a PDF file that contains an information sheet, enrollment application, course syllabus, and the rubric for the required graduate-level paper. If you will be applying for more than one course, you may combine the enrollment applications but you must submit separate support documents for each course, include a separate paper for each course.

Non-Degree Seeking Certification Students

Non-CTE Fields

UCM offers many pathways to certification. For more information on Alternative Pathways to Certification for fields outside of Career and Technical Education, please contact our Office of Clinical Services and Certification.

Traditional Pathway to CTE Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC)

UCM offers all of the courses needed to fulfill the Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC) requirements set by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for Missouri Educator Certification in CTE career fields. The TAC is a one-year, renewable certificate for educators who have already been hired by a school district. Our courses meet the certification requirements and can be taken at either the Graduate or Undergraduate level. They can also be later applied toward a Bachelor’s, Certificate, or Master’s degree at the University of Central Missouri.

CTTE Cohort Program Pathway

The Career & Technical Teacher Educator (CTTE) program was developed in coordination with Career Center Directors to create alternative certification courses which are integrated, rigorous, and relevant for new Career & Technical teachers. These courses build on the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) research based Teaching to Lead program. Each course is taught in an 8-week hybrid format (face-to-face and online) with varying course credit hours. Each blends objectives from foundations of education, teaching methods, curriculum development, assessment, and education of the exceptional child. The new model integrates the objectives as teachers do in the classroom. Participants choosing to be involved should note that this is a comprehensive program, not individual courses, so candidates will be committing to the full two years in the program. New sections begin each fall, with time and meeting locations determined by participant location. These courses can be used to continue on toward a Bachelor’s, Certificate, or Master’s degree at the University of Central Missouri.

Multiple Program Accreditations


UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


The Business Education program is endorsed by the National Business Education Association


The Engineering and Technology Teacher Education program is the only university in Missouri recognized by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association


The Family Consumer Sciences program is nationally accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences


Krystle Gremaud
Undergraduate BSE Program Coordinator
Lovinger 4200 C
Tel: (660) 543-4647

Michelle Conrad
Graduate Program Coordinator
Lovinger 4200 B
Tel: (660) 543-4332

Michael Elliott
Educational Studies and Training and TAC/CTAC Program Coordinator
Lovinger 4200 C
Tel: (660) 543-4458


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