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Department of Middle, Secondary,
and Adult Education

PO Box 800
Lovinger 3155
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4452 or 8662
Fax: 660-543-4954

Occupational Education

For more information about this program, please contact

Mrs. Lori Cochran


Grinstead 235 A


Bachelor of Science

Four Year Plan

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education will use the knowledge and skill obtained in the program to teach and train people in a variety of settings from education to industry.

The Occupational Education (Occ Ed) program at the University of Central Missouri is a 2 + 2 program intended to compliment and build on a student's Associate's Degree.


Along with the student's core experience, this program will expand career and technical competencies used to perform workplace tasks, including problem solving and critical thinking. The specific area of expertise is determined by the student's previous career and/or junior college program of study and industry experience..


Academic Program


The Occupational Education program provides students with a blend of academic and technical teaching which responds to specific occupational updating, professional growth and enhancement, and state-of-the-art information sharing.


Student Involvement


Occupational Education students at UCM are encouraged to become members of the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education (MoACTE), Missouri's professional organization for career and technical educators. Many students also carry certification through various professional organizations within their specialty areas.


Course Delivery Methods

Most courses are delivered using non-traditional formats. Courses are delivered online, during the evenings on and off campus, and in regional locations across the state to meet student needs for timely, convenient delivery.


New Teacher Institute


New Teacher Institute (NTI) is a state education grant-funded new career education teacher induction program and class. It consists of a one week intensive summer training session followed by fall semester callback sessions. Learning objectives include an introduction to the teaching process, career educator resources, and the importance of career educator networking. Applications for NTI can be completed through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).


Professional Organizations


Though there is not a student organization specifically for occupational education students/teachers, many of the participants of this degree program are members of, and carry certification through, professional organizations within their teaching/technical specialty area. For example, most of the automotive technology instructors are members of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and welding technology teachers belong to American Welding Society (AWS).


Employment Opportunities


UCM is proud to be recognized as a leading provider of CTE educator training across the state. Graduates of the Occupational Education program teach in multiple career education programs, including comprehensive high schools, area career centers, community colleges, private proprietary schools, industry apprenticeship programs, adult evening programs, public post-secondary programs, and federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs.


Our graduates use knowledge and skills obtained in the program to teach and train people in a variety of settings from education to industry. To meet students’ needs for timely, convenient delivery, courses are offered online and in regional locations throughout the state. Most students in the BS in Occupational Education program are mid-career professionals who haveworked in an occupation for a number of years and began, or wish to begin, a teaching career. The degree provides students with a blend of academic coursework, career education coursework, and further learning in the student's teaching specialty area.


The program is committed to educating participants through comprehensive personal development, specific occupational updating, professional growth and enhancement, and state-of-the-art information sharing for and with career educators. The program advocates a teaching approach, which brings about desired changes in the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and appreciation level of those in training. The program offers flexibility in course planning to meet student objectives.


Students who complete the BS in Occupational Education may apply for Career Education Teacher Certification through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to teach courses in:


Occupational Education teachers prepare their students to be successful in their chosen career paths. They teach extensive employability and leadership skills, life skills and enhance their general education skills and knowledge. The teaching specialty areas are too numerous to list, but will generally fall into trade and technical or health sciences career clusters. Examples include:





There are select scholarships for which Occ Ed students are eligible. However, as this program continues to grow, scholarship opportunities are expanding. UCM awards more than $4 million in merit-based scholarships annually and The College of Education offers several awards specifically for education majors.