Jun 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Career and Technology Education, MS (53-870) (30 hours)

Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Career and Technical Education will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Identify, develop, practice, and reflect upon leadership, technical, and professional skills in the CTE.
  • Investigate and reflect on historical and current issues, trends, and topics in CTE in order to develop one’s personal philosophy in CTE.
  • Develop, analyze, and implement curricular and instructional components consistent with curriculum and assessment design practices and theory. 
  • Employ data literacy strategies to develop supportive learning environments and to improve learning. (e.g. Financial, programmatic, instructional, employment)
    Locate, critique, evaluate, and create scholarly writing/scientific research in the field of CTE. 
  • Lead, develop, and/or participate in collaborative activities with CTE stakeholders.

This program is designed to strengthen the leadership skills for, 1) students and teachers in career and technical education (agriculture education, business education, family and consumer sciences education, health sciences education, marketing education, engineering and technology education, and trade and industrial education) in middle schools, high schools, career centers, or community colleges; 2) employees in CTE-related industry environments.

To be accepted to this program, students must have no fewer than 15 approved undergraduate or graduate hours in the major field of study, equivalent work experience, or a combination of both. Students must also have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the undergraduate major or a 3.00 grade point average during the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study. Applicants who do not meet any of the preceding criteria must achieve a 3.50 graduate grade point average during their first 12 semester hours of graduate study which must include required degree courses. In addition, applicants must submit two professional letters of recommendation and a personal letter of intent describing how this degree will assist them in meeting their career goals

Graduation requirements include completing one of the following four options: (1) a Thesis (2) two research papers consistent with university requirements; (3) a comprehensive examination; or (4) successfully complete the Missouri Assessment Center Examination for their content area.

Elect from one of the following three options: 18 Semester Hours

CTE Teaching Leadership Option
CTE Administration Leadership Option
Industry Training Leadership Option

Students select 18 hours of appropriate coursework consistent with their degree option (Teaching Leadership, Administration Leadership or Industry Training Leadership), and career goals. Elective courses are contingent on program advisor and graduate program coordinator approval.

CTE Teaching Leadership Option (0005)

This option is designed for (1) current professionally certified instructors pursuing additional professional teaching coursework for teaching enhancement (Plan A); or (2) new CTE teachers pursuing post-baccalaureate professional teacher certification or occupational career and technical certification through their official state certifying body for professional licensure to teach in public education (Plan B). Additionally, new or future teachers pursuing post-baccalaureate teacher certification (Plan B) must obtain an official certification plan and take teacher certification courses identified by either (1) their State Department of Education; or (2) the UCM Director of Clinical Services and Certification. All students in Plan B, with the assistance of their program advisor, will create a program of study based on deficiencies listed on their certification plan or professional teaching certificate. While students pursuing this option may pursue teaching certification, certification is not a requirement for the degree.

Plan A - Prof. Education Coursework for Teaching Enhancement …

Plan B - Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification

CTE Administration Leadership Option (0006)

This option is designed for current or new CTE administrators pursuing administrator certification and should be pursued consistent with the candidate’s official certification plan. This option may also be selected by candidates planning to pursue CTE administration in the future or for current CTE administrators pursuing additional leadership coursework:

Industry Training Option (0007)

This option is designed for CTE industry personnel who plan and/or conduct training in their environment or who desire to become more effective leaders in their current positions. This option will be tailored to the candidate’s specific needs in any CTE-related field.

Minimum Graduate Hour Total: 30 Semester Hours