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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 online. Most students in the program take two classes (6 credits) per semester. To get a cost estimate for your graduate degree go to the USU Tuition Calculator.

Application Deadlines

The USU Academic Calendar lists the exact dates for the beginning and end of each semester. The application due dates are as follows:

Fall semester start, July 1
Spring semester start, November 1
Summer semester start, March 1

Your application needs to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your MAT or GRE score to be received by USU after you take the test and note the minimum admission requirements. If you have questions about this degree program please contact the Graduate Program Team Leader and Advisor, Dr. Debra Spielmaker.

Submit your application today!

Coursework

This is a non-thesis degree program that requires 33 credits for completion; students should thoughtfully consider an area of emphasis for their 15 elective credits. To view course syllabi, go to the USU Canvas Syllabus Tracker website and select the semester when the course was last taught (as noted on the table below). You should register for course sections that are close to where you live, if you are an out-of-state non-resident student, please register for section Z01. 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.

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 planning for formal educators)           X
ASTE 6140 Reading and Applying Research X      X    
ASTE 6150 Evaluation and Assessment*   X      X  
ASTE 6160 Foundations of Adult Education*   X     X  
ASTE 6300
Or
ASTE 6310
ASTE 6300 Advanced Teaching Strategies in CTE (Sp odd)
ASTE 6310 -  Advanced Agriculture Teaching Methods (Su even) for Agricultural Educators
      X    
ASTE 6320 Classroom Management     X      

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

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

ASTE 6170 Program Planning and Evaluation (for outreach in nonformal settings)           X
ASTE 6220 Volunteer Programs and Partnerships*   X        
ASTE 6315 Advanced FFA and SAE Development         X  
ASTE 6380 Mentoring and Supervision           X
ASTE 6310 Advanced Agriculture Teaching Methods   X        
ASTE 6460 Integrating CTE Curriculum with STEM       X    
ASTE 6910 Experimental Laboratory     X      
ASTE 6900 Graduate Independent Study - Arranged, 1-6 credits - view requirements X X X X X X
ASTE 6950 Graduate Internship - Arranged, 1-6 credits - view requirements 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

Alternative Route to Licensure (19 credits for licensure credits, 21 credits for CTE MEd = 40 credits)
Additional Coursework may be required for CTE areas of endorsement.

Educational Leadership (12 credits, each course is 3 credits)
Additional Coursework (five more courses) required for administrative certificate. You earn your certificate through the School of Teacher Education and Leadership.

  • 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 (F odd)

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

  • 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 from the ASTE graduate faculty or other University faculty for a minimum total of three members. Two of the members need to be 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. On the School of Graduate Studies website, be sure to select the Master's Plan C/Professional Degree Supervisory Committee 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

Students 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. Most students complete the degree in five semesters taking two courses (6 credits) four semesters and three courses (9 credits) for one semester. 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.