Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education

Master of Education


33 Credits Required
This 100% online professional degree program provides students with the flexibility to pursue specific CTE areas, instructional technology, educational leadership, non-formal and adult education, and STEM areas. Graduates will increase their effectiveness in the classroom, can expect increased earnings, and will possess the credentials to explore new career opportunities in CTE leadership or in industry management. All courses are available on online. Most students in the program take two classes (6 credits) per semester. To get an cost estimate for your graduate degree go to the USU Tuition Calculator.

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Foundation Core Required Courses (18 credits, each course is online and 3 credits)

Course Numbers Course Titles Semester Offered
Spring Even Summer Even Fall Even Spring Odd Summer Odd Fall Odd
ASTE 6090 Program Planning (Curriculum Design) X*
ASTE 6140 Reading and Applying Research X          
ASTE 6150 Evaluation and Assessment           X
ASTE 6160 Foundations of Adult Education   X*      
ASTE 6320 Classroom Management     X    
ASTE 6300 Advanced Teaching Strategies       X    


Elective Courses (select 15 credits, each course is online and 3 credits unless noted)

This degree program requires 33 credits for completion; students should thoughtfully consider an area of emphasis for their 18 elective credits. Courses from other departments not listed above may be part of a program of study. This degree has been designed to be completed online, but with the approval of the advisory committee, students may take other courses to fulfill the degree requirements. Additional fees or tuition may be applied.

Course Numbers Course Titles Semester Offered
Spring Even Summer Even Fall Even Spring Odd Summer Odd Fall Odd
TEE 5910 Inteliteck: Online Design Courses X X
ASTE 6170 Program Evaluation*         X*  
ASTE 6220 Volunteer Programs and Partnerships   X        
ASTE 6380 Mentoring and Supervision           X
ASTE 6350 Safety and Risk Management         X*  
ASTE 6450 Advanced FFA and SAE Management         X  
ASTE 6460 Integrating CTE Curriculum with STEM       X    
ASTE 6910 Experimental Laboratory     X      
ASTE 6900 Graduate Independent Study - Arranged X X X X X X
FCSE/6950 Graduate Internship - Arranged X X X X X X
ASTE 7500 Diffusion of Innovations X          

* Summer courses that are taught in the first 7-week summer session, be sure to check the USU calendar for beginning and end dates.


Emphasis Elective Options

Educational Leadership (12 credits, each course is 3 credits)
Additional Coursework (five more courses) required for administrative certificate

  • ASTE 6380 – Mentoring and Supervision (F odd)
  • TEAL 6740 – School Law (F, Sp)
  • TEAL 6500 – School Finance (F, Sp)
  • TEAL 6090 – Theories of Organizational Leadership in Education (F, Sp)

Nonformal and Adult Education (9 credits, each course is 3 credits)

  • ASTE 6200 – Principles and Practices of Extension Education (Sp odd: online)
  • ASTE 6220 – Volunteer Programs and Partnerships (Su even)
  • ASTE 6350 – Safety and Risk Management (Su odd)
  • ASTE 7500 – Diffusion of Innovations (Sp even)
  • ASTE 6170 – Program Evaluation (Su odd; Prerequisite: ASTE 6140 or EDUC 3010)

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (9 credits, each course is 3 credits)
ITLS courses cost $28 more per credit hour

  • TEE 5910 – Inteliteck: Online Teaching Methodology (1 credit: Summer)
  • TEE 5910 – Inteliteck: Online Engage and Management (1 credit: Summer)
  • TEE 5910 – Inteliteck: 21st Century Classroom (1 credit: Summer)
  • ASTE 6910 – Experimental Laboratory (F even)
  • ASTE 6460 – Integrating CTE Curriculum with STEM Content (Sp odd)
  • ITLS 5105/6105 – Distance Learning Tools (Su)
  • ITLS 6205 – Computer Application Instruction and Training (F, Sp, Su)
  • ITLS 6245 – Interactive Multimedia Production (Sp, Su)
  • ITLS 6265 – Internet Development (F, Sp, Su)
  • ITLS 6390 – Planning, Resources, and Implementation of Technology (Su)
  • ITLS 6540 – ITLS Foundations (F)


Establishing a Supervisory Committee
Graduate students must establish a Supervisory Committee during the second semester of their program. Students may choose their major professor (chair) and other committee members (minimum of two) from the ASTE graduate faculty. To begin, contact the professor you would like to serve as chair of your committee. If she/he are willing to serve, then together discuss other faculty members who should be asked to serve on the Supervisory Committee. It is the student's responsibility to contact the proposed committee members to make certain they are willing to serve prior to completing the Supervisory Committee Approval Form. The form will require each members signature (collected by the School of Graduate Studies electronically). After your committee has been approved, please meet with your chair to complete the Graduate Student & Advisor Expectations form.

Program of Study
The Program of Study (PoS) constitutes a contract between the student, the committee, and the School of Graduate Studies regarding what courses a student will take for completion of his or her degree program requirements. Complete instructions can be found the
School of Graduate Studies website. The Program of Study form is completed in DegreeWorks (a link on your myUSU page) and must be completed and submitted to the GPC Misty Balls (misty.balls@usu.edu), per the instructions prior to the end of the second semester.

Program Timeline & Expectations
Student may enter the program at the beginning of any semester. The School of Graduate Studies has compiled a checklist with links to forms that will guide you though your graduate program. The AST MS is a Plan A Degree
. Additional questions concerning transfer credits, continuous registration fees, time limits, leave of absence, etc., may be answered under the Graduate General Regulations or under Graduate Degree Requirements in the General Catalog.