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Masters of Career and Technical Education (M.S.)

The Master of Science Degree in Career and Technical Education with a concentration in Occupational Training and Development has been designed for those desiring to study or pursue a career in training.

No matter the vocation, this program will enhance the graduate's skills in planning, delivery, and evaluation of training programs, in order to promote individual and corporate improvement.

The program can be completed online to fit the schedule of working professionals.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (12 hours)
  • CTE 865 - Evaluation in Technical Education
  • CTE 888 - Occupational Information
  • EPY 869 - Research in Education
  • TEC 830 - Creative Problem Solving
Agriculture Education Concentration

This concentration is designed to meet the needs of experienced and prospective teachers of agriculture and horticulture in junior colleges, high schools, and middle schools. Upon completion of the concentration graduates will be able to: 1) demonstrate competence for organizing, developing and presenting instruction; 2) apply appropriate instructional strategies for technical and professional content; and 3) accurately synthesize their total program experiences.

Agriculture Teaching (12 hours)

  • AGR 701 - Special Problems in Agriculture
  • AGR 770 - Advanced Technical Agriculture
  • AGR 777 - Workshop in the Conservation of Natural Resources
  • AGR 807 - Advanced Technical Study in Agriculture Problems

Supporting Work (6 hours) - Selected from:

  • EAD 827 - Finance and Support Services in Schools
  • EAD 828 - School Law and Ethics in School Leadership
  • EDF 855 - Foundations of Multicultural Education
  • EMS 880 - Organization and Supervision of Student Teaching
  • ESE 872 - Curriculum Practices and Trends in Industrial Education
Technology Education Concentration

The concentration is designed to meet the needs of experienced and prospective teachers of technology subjects in junior colleges, high schools, and middle schools. Upon completion of a degree in this concentration, graduates will be able to: 1) accurately synthesize their total program experiences; 2) conduct technical research related to emerging technology in the discipline; and 3) design a contemporary technology education facility.

Technical Teaching* (12 hours)

  • CTE 863 - Organization and Administration of Career and Technical Education
  • CTE 864 - Technical Education Facility Planning
  • TEC 831 - Applied Problem Solving
  • TEC 867 - Research in Technology

Supporting Work (6 hours) - Selected from:

  • EAD 827 - Finance and Support Services in Schools
  • EAD 828 - School Law and Ethics in School Leadership
  • EDF 855 - Foundations of Multicultural Education
  • EMS 880- Organization and Supervision of Student Teaching
  • ESE 872- Curriculum Practices and Trends in Industrial Education
Technical Education Administration Concentration

This concentration is designed to meet the needs of experienced and prospective career and technical education administrators. The program provides students the opportunity for advanced study in career and technical
administration, and also fulfills the graduate curriculum requirements specified for Kentucky career and technical
administration certification. Upon completion of a degree in this concentration, graduates will be able to: 1) accurately synthesize their total program experiences; 2) demonstrate their competence for organizing and implementing administrative techniques; and 3) accurately address the administrative standards for technical education administrators.

Administrative Core (6 hours)

  • CTE 861 - Supervision in Technical Education
  • CTE 863 - Organization and Administration of Career and Technical Education

Supporting Work (12 hours)

  • CTE 864 - Technical Education Facility Planning
  • EAD 801 - Introduction to School Leadership and Administration
  • EAD 827 - Finance and Support Services in Schools
  • EAD 828 - School Law and Ethics in School Leadership
Occupational Training and Development Concentration

The concentration is designed to provide experiences through course work for those who desire to become trainers of existing or prospective employees in an occupational setting. Upon completion of a degree in this concentration, graduates will be able to: 1) plan and implement instruction for technical and professional content; 2) develop and apply appropriate instructional strategies for technical and professional content; 3) develop and demonstrate competence for organizing, developing and presenting instruction in a business and/or industry setting; and 4) accurately synthesize their total program experiences. Graduates of this program are usually employed in the human resource
development sector of a business or industrial organization.

Occupational Instruction (12 hours)

  • CTE 800* - Occupational Training Materials
  • CTE 801* - Occupational Training Methods
  • CTE 802 (6 hours) - Occupational Training Practicum

Supporting Work (6 hours)

  • PSY 873 - Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 874 - Organization Change and Development
  • PSY 875 - Training and Development OR
  • Other courses approved by advisor
Exit Requirement
  • GRD 867b - MS Career & Technical Education Written Comprehensive Exam OR
  • GRD 868a - MS Career & Technical Education Oral Comprehensive Exam
Total Program Requirements - 30 hours

*Those students with a background in education should complete six semester hours of additional support work or six semester hours of TEC 867, Research in Technology, (approved by advisor) rather than CTE 800 and 801.

Exit Requirements

The thesis is not required in the Master of Science in Career and Technical Education program.

Comprehensive Examinations — The candidate will have an opportunity to show professional growth through a written or oral examination (GRD 867b or 868a) covering the program components during the term in which graduation is scheduled.

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