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Curriculum & Instruction: Career and Technical Education Concentration - Doctorate of Philosophy

60 Credits required for students who enter with a Master's degree

90 Credits required for students who enter without a Master's degree


The School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) administers an interdepartmental program with the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education, leading to a doctoral degree (PhD) in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Career and Technical Education. This degree is designed to prepare educators who wish to become:

  • curriculum specialists
  • coordinators and supervisors in public or private school systems
  • leaders in state departments of public instruction
  • instructors at the college or university level in K-12 teacher or administrator preparation
  • educational researchers serving in various contexts


Program Delivery - Two Formats

    • Logan-based Doctoral Program - Students attend in Logan where coursework is delivered primarily face-to-face in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate students' work schedules.  Students proceed through the program flexibly.  The deadline for application for the Logan program is February 1. (Coursework begins the following fall semester).
    • The Distance Doctoral Program - A cohort program with all courses during the fall and spring semesters taught via broadcast.  Students come to Logan for face-to-face coursework for two consecutive summers.  Broadcast locations are based on the needs of the new cohort.  The deadline application for the Distance Doctoral Cohort is February 1 every even-numbered year. (Coursework begins the following fall semester).

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are taught in summer face-to-face sessions or online. Most students in the program take two-three classes (6 credits) per semester. To get an cost estimate for your graduate degree go to the USU Tuition Calculator.


Application Process

Application information is on the TEAL website. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your GRE score to be received by USU after you take the test and note the minimum admission requirements as noted on the TEAL website.  If you have questions about the CTE concentration, please contact the ASTE Graduate Program Team Leader, Dr. Debra Spielmaker.

Program Expectations

After you are admitted to the program, please contact Dr. Debra Spielmaker to help you with advising and setting up your committee.  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.


Coursework

In addition to the coursework outlined on the TEAL website, to earn your concentration in CTE, you will need to complete the required coursework as noted below. If you need to take the prerequisite stats course (PSY 3010), this should be taken your first semester. Prior to registering for PSY 3010, contact Debra Spielmaker (debra.spielmaker@usu.edu) to remove the PSY 3010 prerequisite block. Please use the TEAL PhD in Educaiton, Career and Technical Education Concentration Planning Guide to begin your coursework and complete your Program of Study. 

Foundation Required Career and Technical Education Courses (3 credits per course, 12 credits total)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

ASTE 6360

History, Philosophy and Policy Development in Career and Technical Education (face-to-face schedule)         X  
EED 7460 Finance & Grant Writing            X
ITLS 6760 Grant Writing     X      
TEE 7400 Occupational Analysis and Curriculum Development (blended)    X        
ASTE 7500 Diffusion of Innovations (online) X          

Recommended Elective Courses (3 credits per course, 6 credits total)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

ASTE 6150 Evaluation and Assessment* (online)   X     X  
ASTE 6160 Foundations of Adult Education* (online)   X     X  
ASTE 6170 Program Planning and Evaluation (online)           X
ASTE 6180 Administration & Leadership     X      
ASTE 7000

Principles and Practices of Community College Education***

          X
TEE 6090

Program Design (online)

          X
TEE 6100 Contemporary Issues***    X        
ASTE 6900 Independent Study - Arranged, 3 credits X X X X X X

* Summer courses are online and taught in the first 7-week summer session, be sure to check the USU calendar for beginning and end dates.

**** Face-to-face

Establishing a Supervisory Committee

PhD 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 (minimum of two) from the ASTE graduate faculty. Additionall TEAL faculty for a minimum total of five members may be selected. 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 Doctoral Supervisory Committee Approval 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 TEAL Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) Krista Terrel (krista.terrell@usu.edu), per the instructions prior to the end of the second semester.

Dissertation - Proposal to Publication

The Educaiton PhD requires a dissertation. Visit the School of Graduate Studies website to view/download the Doctoral Proposal Approval and Thesis Format and Styles forms. The Thesis Format and Style link will provide you with the guidelines and templates you need to format your thesis.