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Occupational Education

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Bachelor of Science Degree

UCM's Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education is ideal for mid-career professionals who have worked in an occupation and are interested in pursuing a teaching career. The degree provides students with a blend of academic coursework, career education courses and additional learning in students' teaching specialty area.

Why Choose Occupational Education at UCM?

  • The program is flexible and prepares leaders for career and technical education.
  • Students may personalize their program to include professional teaching and administration endorsements for certification.
  • The program is offered completely online.

What will I study?
Students will gain a blend of academic and vocational technical teaching skills, which correspond to specific occupational updating, professional growth and enhancement.

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Career and Technology Education
  • Adult Education and Training
  • Secondary Teaching and Behavioral Management
  • Educational Psychology

What can I do with a degree in Occupational Education?

  • Private School teacher
  • Trade instructor
  • Industrial instructor

How can I get involved outside the classroom?
At UCM, we value an engaging learning experience that includes student involvement and service-learning projects.

As an Occupational Education major, there are several opportunities to be involved in:

  • American Welding Society
  • DECA
  • Phi Beta Lambda
  • Society of Automotive Engineers

About our Faculty:
The student to faculty ratio at UCM is 17 to 1, which allows professors to get to know you and provide personalized attention.

The program coordinator and lead faculty person for the occupational education major is Lori Cochran. She teaches major courses and supervises teaching and administrative internships. Other major courses are taught by additional UCM full-time and part time faculty housed in the College of Education. Practitioner adjuncts across the state also teach.

Learn more about Occupational Education at UCM:
Department of Career and Technology Education

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