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Department of Career and Technology Education

Grinstead 120
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4452
Dr. Odin Jurkowski, Chair


Education Specialist: Human Services/Technology and Occupational Education

Student Learning Outcomes — The graduate with an Educational Specialist degree in Technology and Occupational Education will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:
• Lead others to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
• Refine one’s personal philosophy statement related to their discipline/career field.
• Analyze and lead discussions on current issues related to the student’s discipline/career field.
• Solve problems related to the student’s discipline/career field.
• Practice and lead life-long learning activities as they relate to professional responsibilities.
• Read, interpret, conduct, and contribute scholarly research consistent with department, university, state, and federal practices.
• Apply statistical methods to interpret, describe, and infer from existing or newly generated data.
• Interact with, contribute to, and lead professional, government, and other stakeholder organizations in the student’s discipline/career field.

This advanced program is designed for individuals who are currently involved in or planning careers in the administration and/or teaching Career and Technical education programs.

To be accepted into this program, students must: (1) have earned a masters degree in the area of specialization or have completed 15 semester hours of appropriate background courses at either the undergraduate or graduate level; and (2) have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in the masters degree. In addition, applicants must submit two professional letters of recommendation and a personal letter of intent describing how this degree will assist them in meeting their career goals.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be classified as a “non-degree student” until they: (1) provide evidence of having completed 15 semester hours of appropriate background courses; and (2) obtain a 3.5 GPA during the first 12 hours of graduate study in courses appropriate to the degree program.

Graduation requirements include one of the following four options: (1) a Thesis (unless completed for a Master’s Degree) ; (2) two scholarly research papers consistent with University requirements to be submitted for publication; (3) a comprehensive examination; or (4) successfully complete the Missouri Assessment Center Examination for their content area.

Sem. Hours
Aided by an adviser in the student’s area of specialization and
in conjunction with the other two members of the student’s
advisery committee, each student shall select courses in the area
of specialization. Complete the following courses (one from each
grouping) unless the course(s) was/were completed as part of the
master’s degree.
PSY 4520 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SAFE 4940 Introductory Quantitative Methods
CTE 6990 Thesis


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