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Bachelor of Science

Occupational Education

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The program is committed to educating participants in comprehensive personal development, which responds to specific occupational updating, professional growth and enhancement, and state-of-the-art information sharing for and with career educators. It 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 depending on the objectives of the student.

Students who complete a degree in Occupational Education may apply for Career Education teacher certification with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

By doing so, they can teach in comprehensive high schools with career education programs in their specialty area; public post-secondary programs such as career centers, adult evening schools, Federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs, and others (completion of a vocational education credential program may be required). Additional opportunities are in private postsecondary settings such as private proprietary schools and private two year colleges; community colleges with career education programs; industry and business training programs as trainers, managers, and program designers for adult learners.

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.

Requirements for Acceptance into the Program

The traditional program or 2+2 program designed to build upon as associate degree may complete the Missouri DESE Career and Technical Education certification requirements for alternatively certified CTE teachers, particularly trade, industrial and health science instructors. UCM does not confer teacher certification for this major.

Major Requirements

Educator Specialty Area Must Total (37-38 credit hours)
CTE 2000 Technology & Change 3
CTE 3060 Technical Writing 3
CTE 4022 Occupational Admin./Teaching Internship 3
CTE 4110 Foundations of Career & Tech. Education 3
       or
CTE 4140 New Teacher Institute 3
CTE 4145 Curriculum Construction in CTE 3
CTE 4160 Methods of Teaching CTE 3 CTE 4165 Performance Assessment in CTE 3 CTE 4150 Vocational Guidance 3 or
BTE 4241 Coordination of Cooperative Education 2 CTE 4180 Adult Programs 3 or
EDFL 3500 Secondary Teaching & Behavior Mgmt. 3
EDFL 2240 Educational Psychology 3
PSY 4200 Psychology of the Exceptional Child 2
GRAP 4570 New Teacher Institute 3
IGEN 3116 Creative Problem Solving 3

Teaching Specialty Area (40-41 credit hours)

General Education Requirements (42 credit hours)

Minimum Total 120

New Teacher Institute

New Teacher Institute (NTI-CTE 4140) is a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) state education grant funded teacher induction program and course for new CTE teachers in Missouri. It consists of a summer seminar training session facilitated through the Missouri Center for Career Education (MCCE). Learning objectives include an introduction to the teaching process, career educator resources, and the importance of career educator networking.  Application for NTI requires CTE Teacher Certification along with a submitted application. For application details or to learn more visit the MCCE website at: www.mcce.org.

Questions About the Program

Lori Cochran

Program Coordinator

cochran@ucmo.edu

660-543-4452

 


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