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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.  Not all courses are offered 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 $11,530 for Utah residents and $40,350 for students living outside of Utah. To get a cost estimate for your graduate degree go to the USU Tuition Calculator.

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. 

Application Deadlines

Grads 2019

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

Applications submitted for Summer and Fall 2020 semesters will not be required to take the MAT admission test. 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.

 

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. 

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
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 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 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 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

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 Dr. 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 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.

Earning your Degree 

This degree program is a Master’s Plan C/Professional program. The forms required by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) for this program are available online, under the ‘Forms by Topic’ section at:  https://gradschool.usu.edu/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. Submitting Your 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, Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu), per the instructions below prior to the end of the second semester.
    • Pencil out a schedule of courses based on the course tables above. As you develop your schedule pay close attention to the the required courses and when courses are taught. If you have questions about your planned program, contact Dr. Spielmaker, (debra.spielmaker@usu.edu).
    • Make a semester-by-semester plan in Degree Works (under the Plans tab, myUSU).
    • Let the ASTE Graduate Program Coordinator, Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu) know by email when you’ve completed the semester-by-semester plan.
    • She will lock the plan and contact Dr. Spielmaker to verify that it is accurate.
    • After verification, she will submit your plan to the SGS.
    • You will be notified by SGS when the plan is approved.

      If you need to revise your Program of Study, please send Marci Chidester a copy of you completed PoS Revision Form. View these instructions for more on submitting your Program of Study and revising your Program of Study

      While the CTE-MEd program can be successfully completed in as little as five semesters, sometimes life events happen that can slow your coursework. A Leave of Absence, during which neither continuous registration or a $100 payment is required, may be granted under the following circumstances:

      • Illness, required military service, and other extenuating circumstances acceptable to the department head and the graduate dean
      • Lack of availability of courses in a planned Program of Study
      • Participation in a Program of Study based primarily on non-summer semester courses.

        If you need to request a leave of absence, submit a Graduate Student Leave of Absence/Continuous Registration form. Note that USU allows students a maximum of 6 years to complete their program. Coursework that is 8 years old is typically not allowed for a graduate degree.

       

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