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MEd in Career and Technical Education

To say there’s value in Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an understatement. Studies show that high school students involved in CTE graduate at higher rates, typically enroll in college, and go on to earn higher wages. College students, businesses, and state economies also reap immense benefits, as CTE helps meet the needs of employers by closing skill gaps. According to the Association for Career and Technical Education, CTE in Tennessee was shown to return $2 for every $1 invested, with program completers accounting for more than $13 million in annual tax revenues. Advancing your skills in the instruction of Career and Technical Education is a major service to your students and community.

A testament to our belief in the importance of CTE, Concordia has awarded the most MEd degrees in CTE in the nation (IPEDS 2016). Our online program focuses on everything from foundations to lesson planning, and from CTE advisory committees to postsecondary transitions. By graduation, you’ll learn how to integrate math and literacy into CTE programs and have a deeper understanding of the critical need for ethical leadership in one’s professional, personal, and family life.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework—paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom—makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits—from higher pay to promotions—are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

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100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
Earn your MEd in one year, one class at a time, with built-in breaks
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
87% of our online MEd grads report positive career benefits as a result of their degree
10,000-strong alumni
10,000-strong alumni network
93% of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall academic program experience

MEd in Career and Technical Education Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia University MEd programs, successful candidates in the MEd in CTE program will demonstrate:
The Ability to Promote CTE Programs

The Ability to Promote CTE Programs

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

The Ability to Advocate for CTE Legislation

The Ability to Advocate for CTE Legislation

The ability to analyze and advocate for important CTE legislation

An Understanding of Leadership Contributions

An Understanding of Leadership Contributions

An understanding of leadership contributions made by all teachers related to their roles in the classroom, the school, the district, and the profession

Curriculum and Instruction Skills

Curriculum and Instruction Skills

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

Capstone Design and Implementation Skills

Capstone Design and Implementation Skills

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


The MEd in Career and Technical Education program requires 30 credit hours

MEd in Career and Technical Education Courses
24 credits
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.
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.
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.
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.

With a focus on Career and Technical Education (CTE) at the middle and high school, this course will teach candidates a range of practical strategies that ensure a well-managed classroom, emphasize the critical connection between learner-centered instruction and classroom management, and illustrate how classroom management can be enhanced by work- based learning, student leadership organizations, and partnerships with business, industry, and the community.


This course examines a variety of assessment tools and methods that impact the practices of CTE teachers. As a result of this course, candidates will acquire a foundational understanding of assessment literacy and application within the education profession.

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.
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.

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits

This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in CTE - Capstone
3 credits

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. Candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. (During this course, the proposal will NOT be implemented with students/participants.) This design provides students with the requisite skills and means to pursue the transformative practice called “Action Research” focused on issues of importance to CTE in their classroom, school, district or other work environment.

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.


In addition to fully online, Concordia offers several Master of Education programs in an on-campus or hybrid format. See the options here.

Is the MEd in CTE program right for me?

Consider choosing this path if:

  • You’re a licensed CTE teacher at the middle or high school level and want to deepen your knowledge on how to best prepare students for college and careers
  • You’re seeking 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
  • You believe in the value of CTE for community college–level students, businesses, and your local economy

Still unsure? We know we offer a lot of programs! Let’s talk more about your professional and personal goals.

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Concordia Portland made me feel valued, not just another number. It allowed me to connect with people I didn’t even know existed in the educational community.
MICHAEL YOUNG, MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Career and Technical Education '17


What makes this program so relevant today

Though varying by state, Career and Technical Education generally embodies these sixteen career clusters, which have numerous jobs and skills attached to each:

  1. Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  2. Architecture & Construction
  3. Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  4. Business Management & Administration
  5. Education & Training
  6. Finance
  7. Government & Public Administration
  8. Health Sciences
  9. Hospitality & Tourism
  10. Human Services
  11. Information Technology
  12. Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  13. Manufacturing
  14. Marketing
  15. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  16. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Source: Career Tech:

CTE is not limited to vocational training or entry-level job preparation. Rather, CTE offers 21st-century tools and education students need to succeed in college and their future careers.

  • Employability Skills
  • Vocational Skills
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Time-management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Social Skills
  • Collaboration
  • Organizational
  • Work Ethic
  • Professionalism
  • Persistence

Career and Technical Education is essential because all learners deserve access to the skills needed to succeed in college and the job market. Integrating 21st-century know-how and CTE in classroom instruction is key to making this happen.

  • Almost every high school student takes at least one CTE course; 25% of students take three or more courses in a single program area. One-third of college students are involved in CTE programs, and as many as 40 million adults engage in short-term post-secondary occupational training.
  • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90%, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 75%.
  • The Obama administration regarded CTE as a way to “prepare all students, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances, for further education and cutting-edge careers.”
  • CTE classes improve student outcomes by improving graduation rates and enrollment in advanced math and science coursework, and increasing earnings potential after graduation.
  • “While overall younger workers are ‘tech junkies,’ they lack the talent qualifications or even interest in careers centered on designing, making, repairing, or applying and managing many 21st-century technologies.”
    Winning the Global Talent Showdown by Edward E. Gordon, 2009
  • During the early years of high school, participation in CTE courses may provide the building blocks for later learning by teaching college and career readiness skills and promoting engagement.
  • “21st century skills are nonnegotiable to success but are not solely determinant. Youth live in complex social and economic conditions that regulate the successful outcomes of even the most college- and career-ready youth.” — MHA Labs
  • 31% of employers internationally are unable to hire qualified workers because of “a talent mismatch between workers’ qualifications and the specific skill sets and combinations of skills employers want” — Manpower. (2010). Supply/Demand: 2010 Talent Shortage Survey Results.

Sources: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), From Vocational Education to Career Readiness: The Ongoing Work of Linking Education and the Labor Market by Shaun M. Dougherty and Allison R. Lombardi, University of Connecticut

In our Career and Technical Education MEd program, you’ll review pedagogical and practical methods — and theory — for use in the 21st century CTE classroom:

  • The history and future of Career and Technical Education
  • Instructional strategies and classroom management for the CTE classroom
  • Integration of mathematics and literacy into CTE classrooms
  • Organizational leadership and ethics
  • Assessment and evaluation in the CTE classroom


See where an MEd in career and tech ed could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

  • Community college/high school relations coordinator
  • Community college instructor
  • Corporate trainer (e.g., agriculture, food and natural resources, arts, information and communications, business and management, health sciences, human resources, industry and engineering)
  • School to career coordinator (high school)
  • CTE middle or high school leadership position (dept. chair or team leader)
  • Work experience coordinator (high school or community college)
  • CTE specialist at an educational service district or state dept. of education
  • Workforce development coordinator
  • Community college or university undergraduate internship coordinator

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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