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Career and Technical Education Master of Education

Getting Started

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. You may begin the CTE-MEd program in any semester (fall, spring or summer), and take 1-3 courses (3-9 credits hours) each semester. Most students design a schedule to finish in five semesters, taking 2 classes for four semesters and 3 classes for one semester (usually in the summer) to complete 11 courses or 33 credits. Taking courses on this schedule results in total tuition fees at approximately $12,000 for Utah residents and approximately $15,500 for students living outside of Utah. To get a cost estimate for your graduate degree go to the USU Tuition Tables.

Application Deadlines

Grads 2019

The USU Academic Calendar lists the exact dates for the beginning and end of each semester. We are waiving the MAT entrance exam on applications submitted for the 2021 Summer and Fall semester. In this degree program we are able to accept 9 applicable semester transfer credits. If you have questions about this degree program please contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Debra Spielmaker. The application due dates are as follows:

Fall semester start, August 1
Spring semester start, December 1
Summer semester start, April 1

 

View the application requirements and submit your application!


Advising

Dr. Debra Spielmaker (debra.spielmaker@usu.edu) is the ASTE Graduate Program Director (GPD) and the Advisor for all students in the CTE MEd degree program. Dr. Spielmaker can help you with questions you may have about the CTE MEd program and coursework. Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu) is the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) who will process your Program of Study (POS, as noted at the bottom of this page) and graduation documentation. 

Program of Study

This non-thesis degree program requires 33 credits for completion; students should thoughtfully consider an area of emphasis for their 15 elective credits (see emphasis options below the coursework tables). The Program of Study (POS) is a coursework contract for degree completion. Your POS may be submitted during your first semester and is required by the end of the second semester.  View these instructions for more on submitting your Program of Study and revising your Program of Study. The Program of Study form is completed in DegreeWorks (a link on your myUSU page) and must be completed and submitted per the instructions to the GPC, Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu).

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 approved on a program of study. To succeed in this online program, it is essential that you have a good Internet connection, reliable computer and dedicate time each week to completing assignments. Be sure to obtain textbooks prior to each course start date so you can successfully complete each course. Online courses require that you stay engaged in your courses through the discussion boards, reading reflections, and other online activities. Additional fees or tuition may be applied.

You may take the courses in any sequence, but please note that some electives are only taught every other year. You may want to take a required course and an elective in four of the semesters. Register for these courses by the published registration dates online through MyUSU. 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.

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 Curriculum Design      X     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
Advanced Teaching Strategies  X     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 6180 Administration & Leadership     X      
ASTE 6220 Volunteer Programs and Partnerships  X     X    
ASTE 6315 Career and Technical Student Organization Development         X  
ASTE 6380 Mentoring and Supervision           X
ASTE 6460 Integrating CTE Curriculum with STEM       X    
ASTE 6470 Digital Tools for Learning   X     X  
ASTE 6910 Experimental Laboratory*    X        
ASTE 6900 Independent Study (1-6 credits - view requirements) X X X X X X
ASTE 6950 Internship (1-6 credits - view requirements) X X X X X X

*Summer courses may be taught in the first or last 7-week summer session, some may be full 14-week sessions. Be sure to check Banner when you register and the USU calendar for beginning and end dates.

Emphasis Elective Options

Educational Leadership (9 credits, each course is 3 credits)

The Educational Leadership emphasis allows students to count 9 credits in the Administrative Supervisory Certificate (ASC) program offered by the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (a department in the College of Education and Human Services) in their CTE M.Ed. program. To complete this emphasis, you need to apply and be accepted into the ASC TEAL program prior to the end of your second semester in the CTE M.Ed. program. Additional coursework (five more courses) is required to complete the ASC program. Meaning instead of graduating with 33 credits required in the CTE M.Ed., you graduate with 48 credits, earning your M.Ed. and Administrative Certificate. You will not be able to register for the TEAL courses until you are accepted into the ASC program.

  • 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 7500 – Diffusion of Innovations (Sp even)
  • ASTE 6170 – Program Planning and Evaluation (F odd)

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (9 credits, each course is 3 credits)

  • ASTE 6910 – Experimental Laboratory (Su even)
  • ASTE 6460 – Integrating CTE Curriculum with STEM Content (Sp odd)
  • ASTE 6470 – Digital Tools for Learning (Su)
  • ITLS 5500 – Innovative Integration of Technology in Teaching (F, Sp, Su)
  • ITLS 6215 – Digital Video Production (traditionally F, but check the ITLS webpage)

    Courses in the School of Teacher Education and Learning (TEAL) and Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS) cost more per credit (about $30-$60 per credit), depending on the total number of credits you have registered for. Costs go down as you increase your number of credits. To minimize costs, consider taking and TEAL/ITLS courses when you are taking less costly ASTE courses.

Graduation

At the beginning of your final semester of coursework send the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC), Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu), an email stating your intention to graduate. You will then be sent a link to complete the Graduate Application along with other commencement information. 


Continuous Registration 

While the CTE-MEd program can be successfully completed in as little as five semesters, sometimes life events happen that can slow your coursework requiring a Leave of Absence (LOA). If you need to miss a spring or fall semester, you need to apply for a LOA and depending on the circumstances (illness, required military service, and other extenuating circumstances acceptable to the department head and the graduate dean) you may be granted a LOA without paying the continuous registration fee of $100 per semester. If you need to request a leave of absence, submit a Graduate Student Leave of Absence/Continuous Registration form. USU allows students a maximum of 6 years to complete their program. Coursework that is more than 6 years old will need to be revalidated or retaken.