Career and Technical Education Leadership

Online Master of Education Degree with a Career and Technical Education Concentration Video

Learn about Concordia University-Portland’s Online Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction – Career and Technical Education concentration video.

In the Concordia University of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Career and Technical Education Leadership, the focus is developing leadership knowledge and skills to be a CTE leader in schools, businesses, and the community.

This program of study is designed for prospective candidates who seek (1) to enhance their knowledge and instructional skills in career and technical education to help them become better teachers and leaders at the middle, high school, and community college level; (2) professional leadership and training positions in business, industry, and healthcare; and (3) workforce and employment related specialist positions.

Program Objectives for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Leadership

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Career and Technical Education Leadership, will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results.
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.

Career and Technical Education Leadership Courses

In addition to the four core courses required for a degree in Curriculum and Instruction, students enrolled in the Career and Technical Education Leadership program must also take the following foundation courses:

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Career and Technical Education Leadership
15 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.
EDCI 542 (3)
CTE Leadership
This course is designed to help candidates gain the knowledge and skills needed to be a CTE leader in schools, businesses, and the community. Through the engagement of practical learning activities, candidates will develop leadership skills that contribute to the effectiveness of the organization. These skills will include preparing students for post-secondary transitions and future careers, strengthening accountability using data driven instruction, leading an effective Professional Learning Community, developing strategies for implementing Common Core State Standards, and moving away from the status quo to attain a new standard of excellence.
EDCI 558 (3)
Business and Community Partnerships
This course is designed to provide candidates with an opportunity to create and sustain high quality partnerships between schools, businesses and the community by examining exemplary models in the field. Candidates will develop skills enabling them to identify workforce competencies in established and emerging careers from local industry sectors to incorporate into the CTE curriculum at the high school and community levels, as well as how to construct an articulated dual credit agreement between the high school and community college.
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.

The Master of Education culminates with two courses: either EDGR 698-Action Research (3), or EDGR 699-Thesis (3). Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

The Master of Education culminates with two courses:
6 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action Research is the capstone project for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will complete final edits of the Literature Review, obtain appropriate permissions, implement Action Research, collect and analyze data from the Action Research implementation, and complete the Action Research Documentation Form.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.
EDGR 699 (3)
Thesis (CAPSTONE)
The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her educational research instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a Thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.

Getting Your Master’s Degree Online

The Master’s in Career and Technical Education Leadership degree is designed with cutting-edge curriculum and easy to use online learning tools to deliver a rigorous, yet convenient education. The course work of the Career and Technical Education Leadership program also requires hands-on activity driven learning so that students can gain real world perspectives. Each course is 5 weeks in length, and can be accessed via Internet.

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