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Technology and Engineering Education Master of Science

30 Credits Required - Plan A (Thesis) 
33 Credits Required - Plan B (Project)

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program is primarily designed for professionals in the areas of Technology and Engineering Education (TEE), and Career and Technical Education (CTE) who want to improve their knowledge and skills in such areas as curriculum development, research methods, current educational theory, and evaluation and assessment. The graduate program offers two options: the Plan A option that requires a thesis (30 credits minimum) and the Plan B option that requires a project (33 credits minimum).

All students in the TEE M.S. degree program complete a set of required “professional core” courses (12 credits) and a set of "foundation courses." Students will select electives that help them meet their professional career goals. The courses make be completed during a one-month summer program offered on the USU main campus or online during the academic school year. Following this scenario, many students can complete their degree in approximately 2 years. For more information download the TEE M.S. Graduate Information Handbook and TEE M.S. Checklist.  To get a cost estimate for your graduate degree go to the USU Tuition Calculator. 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. 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. If you have questions about this degree program please contact the Graduate Program Team Leader and Advisor, Dr. Debra Spielmaker.

Submit your application today!


Program Timeline & Expectations

Students may enter the program at the beginning of any semester. A Master of Science Degree Timeline has been developed to guide you through the program. The TEE MS may be set up as a Plan A or Plan B. Most students complete the degree in five semesters. 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. 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.

Required Professional Core Courses Courses (Plan A & B, 12 credits)
Each course is 3 credits and online unless noted.

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

TEE/ASTE 6090 Program Planning (Curriculum Design)*          X**
TEE 6100 Contemporary Issues****    X        
TEE 6150 Evaluation and Assessment*   X     X  
TEE 6450 Administration and Organization****   X        

Required Foundation Courses (Plan A, 6 credits, 3 credits must be Thesis credits)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

EDUC/PSY 6570

Introduction to Education and Psychological Research X X X X  X X
EDUC/PSY 6600 Design & Analysis I X X X X X X
ASTE 6970 Plan A: Research and Thesis (6 credits, see course modules) X X X X X X

Required Foundation Courses (Plan B, 9 credits)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

ASTE 6140

Reading &  Applying Research (3 credits) X          
TEE 6910 Experimental Laboratory (3 credits)     X   X**  
TEE 6960 Plan B: Master's Thesis (3 credits) X X X X X X

Elective Courses (select 9 credits, each course is 3 credits and taught online unless noted otherwise)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

ASTE 6170 Program Planning and Evaluation           X
ASTE 6300 Advanced Teaching Strategies       X    
ASTE 6320 Classroom Management     X      
ASTE 6360 History, Philosophy and Policy Development in Career and Technical Education         X**  
ASTE 6380 Mentoring and Supervision            X
ASTE 6900/TEE 6930 Graduate Independent Study (Arranged, 1-6 credits) X X X X X X
TEE 6910 Experimental Laboratory     X      
ASTE 6950 Graduate Internship (Arranged, 1-6 credits) X X X X X X
ASTE 7500 Diffusion of Innovations X          

* Summer courses that are taught in the first 7-week summer session, be sure to check the USU calendar for beginning and end dates.
**Four week courses taught during the noted semester face-to-face. See the Summer 2017 Course Offerings.
*** Requires prerequisite: STAT 2000, STAT 3000, or PSY 3010. PSY 3010 is recommended. Prior to registering for PSY 3010, contact Debra Spielmaker (debra.spielmaker@usu.edu) to remove the PSY 3010 prerequisite block. It is recommended that you take this course your first semester in the MS program and enroll in EDUC/PSY 6570 your second semester.


Establishing a Supervisory Committee

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 or other University faculty for a minimum total of three members. 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 Master's Plan A or B Degree Supervisory Committee 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 Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC, Misty Balls, misty.balls@usu.edu), per the instructions prior to the end of the second semester.

Thesis - Proposal to Publication

The TEE MS degree requires a thesis project. Visit the School of Graduate Studies website to view/download either the Master's Plan A or Plan B 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.