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MEd in Career & 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 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 experienced practitioners, all of Concordia’s MEd programs reflect the passion and commitment to excellence that has marked our 110-year history. Clearly defined coursework—paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn at Concordia in your own 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 a lasting impact on the lives of your students.

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Portland Campus: Classes taught entirely at Concordia University-Portland.

Accelerated Online: Classes taught 100% online. MEd programs complete in 1 year. EdD programs complete in 3 years.

Flex Online: For online students who want to go at a slower pace - MEds can be completed in 18-36 months.

Hybrid: Students take some classes online and some at Concordia University-Portland.

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Portland Campus: Classes taught entirely at Concordia University-Portland.

Accelerated Online: Classes taught 100% online. MEd programs complete in 1 year. EdD programs complete in 3 years.

Flex Online: For online students who want to go at a slower pace - MEds can be completed in 18-36 months.

Hybrid: Students take some classes online and some at Concordia University-Portland.

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One year
Earn your MEd on a schedule that fits your life.
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
NWCCU
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Respected
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
91% of MEd students say that Concordia's Portland campus experience is having a significant impact on their professional development.
10,000-strong alumni
10,000-strong alumni network
Satisfaction
97% of MEd students say they are satisfied with their academic program experience.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia University MEd programs, successful candidates in the MEd in Career & Technical Education program will demonstrate skills in:
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

REQUIRED COURSES

MEd in Career & Technical Education (30 Credit Hours)

MEd in Career and Technical Education Courses
24 credits
EDCT 501 (3)
Frameworks for Teaching Career and Technical Education
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 and 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 for the CTE classroom

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.

 

EDCT 537 (3)
Assessment and Evaluation of Teaching and Learning

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.

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.

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
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 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
EDCT 604 (3)
CTE Capstone

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.

Concordia education students have a way of standing out – even to other educators. Find out what Jennifer McCalley, principal at Faubion School, has to say about what teachers educated at Concordia University bring to the classroom – and why they’re at the top of her hiring list.

3toPhD

The 3 to PhD® campus is home to our College of Education as well as to urban, diverse Faubion School—and its 800+ pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade students. This means that as an MEd student, if you take courses on campus at Concordia, your classrooms are just down the hall from the Faubion classrooms. The College of Education faculty and staff who helped develop 3 to PhD® are innovators in teaching and learning, providing practical application of the latest best practices in education.

A groundbreaking new model of education, the 3 to PhD initiative powerfully demonstrates not only innovation in practice but also compassion in action—a collaborative effort to strengthen the community from the ground up.

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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

CAREER OUTCOMES

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.

Potential careers include:

  • 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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