Career and Technical Education

Online Master of Education in Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Students in the Master's in Career & Technical Education program explore ideas around developing curriculum and objectives that are sensitive to school- and community-oriented trade skill education. Graduates acquire the skillset to implement effective means of vocational instruction.

The Concordia University Master of Education in Career and Technical Education (CTE) is designed for licensed CTE teachers at the middle or high school level, or prospective candidates who seek a CTE teaching position at a high school or middle school, and have technical skills and related work experience in a state approved CTE program area. This program focuses on CTE foundations, frameworks for teaching CTE, CTE instructional improvement, CTE lesson planning, CTE curriculum integration, multiple assessment strategies, classroom management, CTE program promotion and development, CTE advisory committees, dual credit agreements, and post secondary transitions. The program provides an opportunity for students to select an important career and technical education research topic and investigate, apply, demonstrate, and disseminate their knowledge and skills in a culminating capstone project.

Program Objectives

Upon program completion, CTE Master’s candidates will demonstrate:

  • The ability to effectively promote CTE programs and establish partnerships with businesses and the community.

  • The ability to analyze and advocate for important CTE legislation. An understanding of leadership contributions made by all teachers related to their roles in the classroom, the school, the district, and the profession.

  • Skills in developing, implementing, and assessing curricular and instructional plans that integrate disciplines, apply current educational research findings, encourage parental involvement, consider students’ developmental levels, and exhibit sensitivity to individual student difference and cultural backgrounds.

  • Skills in the application and integration of new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning processes

  • Skills in the design and implementation of a capstone experience developed expressly to improve classroom instruction and student learning outcomes.

  • An appreciation for the Christian perspective and its emphasis on service as a fundamental element of successful teaching and learning

  • The ability to effectively engage colleagues in an ongoing study of current best practices, relevant research and demographic data, and analyze their implications for school improvement.

  • Techniques that support the development of positive school-community relations

  • Effective partnering with parents to assist school staff in achieving district and/or building goals

  • Collaborative development of a learning organization that meets the needs of students within the constraints of school, district, and community resources and priorities

  • Values, ethics, beliefs and attitudes that achieve the education goals of the state, district, and local school communities

  • A desire to continue professional and personal growth in CTE leadership

M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education Courses
30 credits
EDCT 501 (3)
Frameworks for Teaching CTE
This foundational course in the program provides the student with a research-based set of components of instruction in four domains: planning and preparation, the classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities. Within the domains are 22 components and 76 descriptive elements of what teaching is all about. Learning activities apply the framework of teaching to CTE instructional program delivery. The text for this course is Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching by Charlotte Danielson.
EDCT 513 (3)
Introduction to Career and Technical Education
A review of the development of career and technical education (CTE) - previously known as vocational education/vocational and technical education - and the important role CTE plays in addressing education and workforce-readiness will be examined in this course. The evolving nature of CTE, contemporary practices and trends, and CTE's role in transforming education will be explored. Strategies successfully employed by CTE programs, particularly the use of technology, in engaging students in learning and integrating 21st century skills into its curriculum will also be presented.
EDCT 505 (3)
Basic Teaching Skills
This course is designed to equip education candidates with a variety of practical instructional strategies. Topics will include development and use of instructional objectives, constructing lesson plans, designing a work sample, lesson presentation skills, construction and use of higher order questions to promote student achievement, attitude and skill development, and curriculum integration.
EDGR 506 (3)
Character & the Ethics of Leadership
Organizational leadership is a social phenomenon that occurs when leaders interact with the collective values and vision of others in the organization. Candidates will explore contemporary models of ethical organizational leadership, synthesize a personal statement of vocation informed by their leadership values and assumptions, and test their synthesis against a variety of assignments and practical experiences. The course also provides a forum where candidates enjoy the opportunity to identify and consider their own character, personal values, and workplace ethics. Each will develop an understanding of the critical need for ethical leadership in one's professional, personal and family life, and will appreciate the vital importance of living and modeling such values and, perhaps most importantly, of serving others.
EDCT 509 (3)
Effective Classroom Management
This course is designed for students new to teaching and for those who need additional information regarding the complexities of comprehensive classroom management. The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the different philosophies of classroom management and the social and school factors that influence student learning and behavior. The course will share a range of practical strategies that ensure a well-managed classroom, emphasize the critical connection between instruction and classroom management, and illustrate how the classroom system can be coordinated to the larger school system.
EDCT 537 (3)
Assessment and Evaluation of Teaching and Learning
This course will provide students with the tools and resources to explore and develop a variety of opportunities to assess student learning. The class content is divided into three sections: Assessment FOR Learning, Understanding Methods and Communicating Results. The first section, Assessment FOR Learning, will cover the concepts of measurement, validity and reliability, the importance of clear achievement targets, including academic and performance standards, and assessment that informs instruction. The second part focuses on assessment methods, including selected response, essay and performance assessment. The last section is about communicating results, that is, grading, interpersonal skills and preparing for conferences and conferencing with parents.
EDCT 568 (3)
Math in Career and Technical Education
Math in Career and Technical Education teaches the student how to integrate math into their career and technical education program. Using Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the student learns how to create math-enhanced lessons which teach knowledge and skills that high school students need for success in college and careers. You learn how to bridge the vocabulary and target specific learning outcomes based on district and state math standards. This course is designed to teach the student how to analyze each lesson and make revisions to integrate math into the CTE instructional program.
EDCT 570 (3)
Literacy in Career and Technical Education
This course is designed to build instructional skills to integrate literacy into the CTE instructional program. Students will study information-rich content that teaches them how to integrate content-area reading and writing strategies to aid student learning. The course provides numerous enrichment activities to help teachers incorporate literacy skills into their instructional program. Using the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, the student learns how to create literacy-enhanced learning activities and apply and refine them in practical application experiences. The student learns how to bridge literacy and CTE vocabulary and target specific learning outcomes based on district and state literacy standards.
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan and conduct their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.
EDCT 604 (3)
CTE Capstone
EDCT 604 CTE Capstone is an integrative learning experience in which students bring together the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the Masters in Career and Technical Education degree program at Concordia University. The capstone is student-directed, meaning students take the responsibility for selecting, planning, and implementing a professional experience which demonstrates how they can apply what they have learned in the classroom. The CTE Capstone course serves as forum in which candidates demonstrate their successes and attainment of personal and professional goals outlined in their Professional Education Plan.

Admission Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a GPA of 2.8 or higher is required. Along with the application, please submit two confidential letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, résumé, and proof of a degree from an accredited institution via official transcripts (Bachelor’s and/or Master’s).

Earning Your Career and Technical Education Degree Online

Using cutting-edge curriculum and easy-to-use online learning tools, Concordia’s experienced education leaders will provide you with the best in theory and practice to prepare you for educational leadership positions in both K-12 and higher education. Concordia University’s Career and Technical Education classes are designed so you may turn in assignments convenient to your schedule, remaining within the due dates of the course syllabus. Online classes are five weeks in length, and can be accessed via the Internet at the time and location that is most convenient for you.

Ready to enroll? Speak with an enrollment specialist: 1 (877) 251-4405 OR start your application here.

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Hear what proud graduates of this program have to say about our online M.Ed. instruction.

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

The highlight of my program came at the end when I was asked to be a mentor for a Peer Mentoring Program at Concordia. Being able to reach back and help new Concordia (CTE) students [has been a rewarding experience].

- Richard Thurman, M.Ed., August 2013 
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How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Having a Career & Technical Education background [allows me to help teach and provide] students a foundational starting point toward successful [trade] careers.

- Richard Thurman, M.Ed., August 2013 
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How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

For me, the best part about the Career & Technical Education [curriculum] was learning all of the different pathways and resources available to [individuals who are] interested in entering any of the 16 Career Clusters.

- Richard Thurman, M.Ed., August 2013 
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