Technology and Engineering Education

Program Description

A degree in technology and engineering education prepares students to become qualified instructors who can teach the necessary skills required in our changing world. The ever-increasing rate of technological development and the impacts of globalization have created a demand for individuals who are technologically literate, innovative and capable of working in teams. The world is looking toward specialized educators to meet this demand.

Students have the option to emphasize their studies in Technology and Engineering Education or Trade and Technical Education.

A Technology and Engineering Education emphasis is designed to prepare students for careers in teaching at the middle school and high school levels. The courses in this major consist of communication, manufacturing, energy, power and transportation classes.

A Trade and Technical Education emphasis is designed to prepare students for teaching Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses at the high school and post-high school levels. The courses in this major consist of classes within a declared expertise of building trades, automotive technology, electricity and electronics, computer-aided drafting, nursing or culinary arts.

Students are exposed to extensive practical classroom experience through role-playing, video-laboratory activities, clinical experiences and student teaching.

Students choosing this major must also be admitted to the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) administered by the College of Human Services.

Major Requirements


STEP Requirements

Student Organizations


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the employment outlook for technology and engineering education?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of technology and engineering educators is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2008 and 2018, as fast as the average for all occupations. As population rises, and the world becomes more technologically advanced, employment of teachers who have specialized in technology and engineering will be in demand.

What classes will I take?

To view the list of required classes for a technology and engineering  major, see the general catalog.

Are there scholarships available to students?

The technology and engineering education program offers $500 to newly admitted Utah State University students who list technology and engineering education as their major. Students who receive this freshmen scholarship must attend full-time TEE courses during both Fall and Spring semesters.

For sophomores, juniors and seniors, there are many scholarships offered through the College of Agriculture. This year, the College of Agriculture awarded over $440,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students. College of Agriculture undergraduate students are may apply for college and departmental scholarships during the month of January through an online application system called STARS. You will find instructions for the online application at the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences website

Freshmen and transfer students may also apply for scholarships through the Utah State University Admissions Office.

What student organizations are available to students?

There are many applicable student organizations offered to technology and engineering education students.
  • Technology and Engineering Education Club: Technology and engineering education majors have access to this departmental club that provides an area with computers, a printer, a snack bar, an activities area and a meeting room. Ninety percent of technology and engineering students are club members that actively take part in socials and fund-raising events. Club members can participate in Vex Robotic Competitions, where previous club members have taken first place in the VEX world championship for Autonomous Programing and Sensors, second place in the Excellence Award and fifth place in Bracket Play.

  • Design Academy: The Design Academy is a performance-based program which distributes skill awards for passing through a curriculum. The current curriculum focuses on VEX Robotic Competitions where students design, build and program competitive robots. They also have the opportunity to join a competitive team and compete at the regional level. Successful teams may advance to the national level. For more information, contact Gary Stewardson.
For a list of all clubs within the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education, click here
For a list of all College of Agriculture clubs, click here.

What is the beginning salary?

The average national beginning salary for a technology and engineering educator is $35,000.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the technology and engineering education program at Utah State University, contact Taylor Adams.