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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 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 $13,000 for Utah residents and $13,700 for students living outside of Utah. Students living in Utah but are not residents pay more. To get a cost estimate for your graduate degree go to the USU Tuition Calculator.

Application Deadlines

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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. You may take the MAT or the GRE for admissions. The MAT costs less and takes less time to complete. Consider taking practice tests on one of the websites and obtain review guides to study for a score at or above the 40th percentile. 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. 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 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 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
Or
ASTE 6310
ASTE 6300 Advanced Teaching Strategies in CTE (Sp odd)
ASTE 6310 -  Advanced Agriculture Teaching Methods (Su even) for Agricultural Educators
 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 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 6470 Technology Education: Digital Media Tools*   X     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

* Summer course 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)
The Educational Leadership emphasis in the CTE MEd that can also be counted as credits (9 credits overlapping) toward an Administrative Certificate. Additional coursework (five more courses) are required for completion. You earn your administrative certificate through the School of Teacher Education and Leadership. Visit the TEAL Instructional Leadership website for more information. You will need permission to register for TEAL courses in Educational Leadership. Please send a message to Debra Spielmaker the semester you plan to register for these courses so she can request that the block be lifted. Include the course numbers and your A-number.

  • 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)

  • ASTE 6910 – Experimental Laboratory (F even)
  • ASTE 6460 – Integrating CTE Curriculum with STEM Content (Sp odd)
  • ASTE 6470 – Technology Education: Digital Media Tools (Su)
  • ITLS 5500 – Innovative Integration of Technology in Teaching (not applicable if taken in the last 5 years - F, Sp, Su)
  • ITLS 6105 – Distance Education Tools (traditionally F, Sp, Su, but check the ITLS webpage)
  • 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.

Degree Checklist

When you are accepted into the CTE MEd degree program you will be assigned an advisor that will help you with course selection to meet the degree requirements and your career goals. This advisors name is in your letter of acceptance. Throughout your graduate program you will be required to download and complete forms on the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website for submission to our Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu). If you have difficulty downloading the forms, please watch this tutorial on Downloading and Completing Forms. If you still have difficulty, please contact the USU IT Service Desk to get help configuring your browser to download SGS forms.

  1. Course Registration - Degree Timeline
    The degree program has been designed to complete in five semesters; two classes during four semesters and three classes for one semester (usually in the summer) to complete 11 courses or 33 credits. As an online degree program, six credits per semester or 18 credits per year is considered a full-load and is similar to full-time status of students on assistantship (9 credits for two semesters totaling 18 credits). 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.

  2. Program of Study
    The Program of Study (PoS) constitutes a contract between the student and the School of Graduate Studies regarding coursework for degree completion. Your Program of Study is completed in DegreeWorks (a link on your MyUSU page) and must be completed and submitted to the GPC, Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu), prior to the end of the second semester. Log into DegreeWorks and enter your Program of Study into the “Plans” section of DegreeWorks, then notify Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu) our Graduate Program Coordinator that your Program of Study has been entered. Do not submit the Program of Study directly to the School of Graduate Studies. The Graduate Program Coordinator will review the Program of Study and submit it to the School of Graduate Studies for processing along with the “Signature Form.” The MEd Program of Study only requires the signature of your advisor. The name of your advisor was in your acceptance letter to the program.

  3. 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. Copy your advisor. You will then be sent a link to complete the Graduate Application along with other commencement information.