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Career and Technical Education
Doctorate of Philosophy


The Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education (ASTE) faculty welcome a diverse group of students seeking to improve education. The PhD program prepares candidates for academic careers in formal and nonformal settings that demand research expertise and an understanding of the theoretical foundations. Accepted applicants will work collaboratively with faculty and other students to increase their research, program development, and teaching abilities. This degree is designed to prepare professional and scholars who are seeking to become:

  • curriculum specialists;
  • coordinators and supervisors in public or private school systems;
  • educators or administrators in higher education;
  • leaders working in communications or as educators in formal and nonformal settings, and;
  • educational evaluators or researchers in various settings.

Program Delivery and Costs

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Ph.D. program is a four-year online program requiring 3-4 synchronous sessions in online courses (TBD by professor and student schedules), and the face-to-face participation on the Logan campus for one-week (third week of June) for three consecutive summers. Meeting face-to-face and completing additional CTE Ph.D. Professional Residency Requirements fulfills the School of Graduate Studies Doctoral Residency Requirements.

Most students in the program take two-three classes (6-9 credits) per semester. To get a cost estimate for your graduate degree go to the USU Tuition Calculator.

Application Process

Application documents are submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Students are admitted each year for a fall start. Application documents are submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. The required documentation for the application package is noted on the ASTE Graduate Admission and Application webpage. To be eligible for this degree students must have completed or be working on a “thesis required” master’s degree in an area related to career and technical education, and have been involved in formal or nonformal education for a minimum of two years. Applications are due no later than April 1 for a fall start. To be considered for the Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship award, applications are due February 1. Consult the USU Academic and Registration Calendar for additional semester begin and end dates.


View the application requirements and submit your application!

Program Expectations

Program expectations, coursework requirements, and other details are outlined in the CTE Ph.D. Program Guide (Google Doc). 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

The CTE Ph.D. Program Guide outlines a course schedule for a Fall Semester Odd Year and Fall Semester Even Year start. The course list below provides a quick view of the required courses and when they are offered. All course are 3 credits each unless noted. 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). 

Required Courses (36 credits)

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         X  
ASTE 6750 Research Methods and Design  X     X    
ASTE 6800 Analysis of Social Science Research Data - Quant 1 (Prerequisite: ASTE 6750 or instructor approval based on an ASTE 6800 Pretest)   X**     X**  
ASTE 7090 Instructional Design for Distance Education       X    
ASTE 7100 Research and Academic Writing   X     X  
ASTE 7170 Program Theory and Evaluation X***          
ASTE 7200 Qualitative Methods       X**    
ASTE 7310 Theories of Teaching and Learning           X
ASTE 7370 Grant Writing and Management     X      
ASTE 7400 Occupational Analysis and Curriculum Development (blended)    X        
ASTE 7500 Diffusion of Innovations X          
ASTE 7800 Advanced Data Analysis - Quat 2           X***
ASTE 7810 Graduate Seminar (1 credit)     X     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 6090 Curriculum Design (for formal educators)      X     X
ASTE 6160 Foundations of Adult Education* (online)   X     X  
ASTE 6170 Program Planning and Evaluation (online)           X
ASTE 6180 Administration & Leadership (online)      X      
ASTE 6220 Volunteer Programs and Partnerships X     X    
ASTE 6300 Advanced Teaching Methods       X    
ASTE 6315 Career and Technical Student Organization Development         X  
ASTE 6460 CTE and STEM       X    
ASTE 6470 Digital Tools for Learning   X     X  
ASTE 6920 Communication Tools for Extension       X    
ASTE 7300

Mixed Methods Research

        X  
ASTE 7600

The Professoriate

    X     X
ASTE 7900 Independent Study - Arranged, 1-6 credits X X X X X X
ASTE 7970 Dissertation X X X X X X

*May not be required if an introduction to research methods course has been taken in the past 5 years 

**Prerequisite, ASTE 6750 or equivalent, a B in PSY 3010, Social Science Statistics OR a 70% on the ASTE 6800 Pre-test (Virtual Proctor).

***Prerequisite, ASTE 6800

School of Graduate Studies - Forms

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). All forms can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Establishing a Supervisory Committee

Your temporary advisor may become your permanent chair/major advisor. Your permanent temporary advisor and then the person who becomes your Chair Professor will be the person in the program from whom you will receive the most feedback and who is the person that will meet with you annually to review your progress. 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. Given your area of scholarly interest, once you have selected a permanent Chair, consider four other faculty members who have expertise in your area or related to your area. More information about developing a Supervisory Committee can be found in the CTE Ph.D. Program Guide.

Program of Study

The Program of Study (P)S) 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. Per USU policy, students must maintain a B average in their coursework. Complete instructions for submitting your POS can be found on 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 per the instuctions to the GPC, Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu), prior to the end of your third semester. View these instructions for more on submitting your Program of Study and revising your Program of Study.

Dissertation - Proposal to Publication

The CTE Ph.D. requires a dissertation. Consult the CTE Ph.D. Program Guide to learn more about this process.

Graduation

In addition to completing your coursework and dissertation research, you need to: 

  1. Complete the CTE Ph.D. Professional Residency Requirements form found in the ASTE Doctoral Canvas Course
  2. Verify you have completed all the degree forms. A checklist found on the School of Graduate Studies Degree Completion webpage;
  3. Submitted commencement plans to the Graduate Program Coordinator.