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Career and Technical Education - Master of Arts

Program Description

The M.A. degree in career and technical education reflects contemporary legislation, national trends and critical issues that affect state and national work force development. Depending on the focus area, students expand their expertise in career and technical education program administration, acquire advanced curriculum and instructional competencies in career-related training programs, school-to-work initiatives, student leadership development and special populations. Required course work, developed from the published research body of knowledge of the professional areas, strengthens students' abilities to teach career and technical education and to develop and implement new programs and curricula at secondary and post-secondary levels. Post-Baccalaureate students new to CTE have the option of completing the requirements for Initial Teacher Certification as the first part of their master's degree.

Application instructions

WMU has a new online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for individual programs, are captured into this system.

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Applicants are asked to include some program-specific information for the Master of Arts in career and technical education. Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process.

Non-Teaching Certification

Special Focus Area: Leadership

Program Requirements:

CTE Courses (15 hrs. minimum)
Suggested Core Courses

CTE 5100 Special Populations in CTE* 3
CTE 5120 Principles of CTE* 3
CTE 5150 Grant Writing in CTE 3
CTE 6140 Administration and Supervision of CTE 3

Electives (courses that can be taken to fulfill 15 hr. minimum)

CTE 5130 Teaching Methods in CTE* (formerly CTE 3440) 3
CTE 5140 Workshop in CTE 1-3
CTE 5420 Curriculum Development in CTE* (formerly CTE 3420) 3
CTE 5430 Work-site Based Education Programs 3
CTE 6120 Studies in Technology 1-4
CTE 6150 Trends and Developments in CTE 2
CTE 6160 Occupational Selection and Training 3
CTE 6170

Seminar in CTE

2-6
CTE 6430 Measurement and Evaluation in CTE 3
CTE 6450 Organization of Employment/Training Systems 3
CTE 6460 Leadership Development in CTE** 3-6
CTE 6480 Adult Education in CTE 2-3
CTE 6500

Business/Industry/Education Work-based Learning

3
FCS 5200 Insurance Education Seminar 1-2
FCS 5250 The Adolescent in Development 3
FCS 6220 Practicum in FCS 2-3

* Course is a required part of the undergraduate CTE teacher education program, but is highly recommended for graduate students who have not taken the course.
**Available only to Master's students accepted into the Leadership Development Program.

Elective Courses (9 hrs.)

EDLD 7120: Field Experience--6 hours (fall-3 hours; spring--3 hours)
Additional CTE Elective Course: 3 hours

Supporting Courses (3-9 hrs.)

EDT 5400 Introduction to Computing and Technology 3
EDT 5410 Telecommunications for Teaching and Learning 3
ED 6000 Fundamentals of Measurement and Evaluation 3
ED 6010

Fundamentals of Education Research

3
ED 6020 School Curriculum 3
EDLD 6020 Educational Leadership 3
EMR 6400 Introduction to Research 3
FCS 6010 Basic Research Methods and Design 3

Special Focus Area: Instruction

Program Requirements:

CTE Courses (15 hrs. minimum)
Suggested Core Courses

CTE 5100 Special Populations in CTE* 3
CTE 5120 Principles of CTE* 3
CTE 5430 Work-site Based Education Programs 3
or CTE 6500 Business/Industry/Education Work-based Learning 3
CTE 6430 Measurement and Evaluation in CTE 3

Electives (courses that can be taken to fulfill 15 hr. minimum)

CTE 5130 Teaching Methods in CTE* (formerly CTE 3440) 3
CTE 5140 Workshop in CTE 1-3
CTE 5150 Grant Writing in CTE 3
CTE 5420 Curriculum Development in CTE* (formerly CTE 3420) 3
CTE 6120 Studies in Technology 1-4
CTE 6140 Administration and Supervision of CTE 3
CTE 6150 Trends and Developments in CTE 2
CTE 6160 Occupational Selection and Training 3
CTE 6170 Seminar in CTE 2-6
CTE 6450 Organization of Employment/Training Systems 3
CTE 6460 Leadership Development in CTE** 3-6
CTE 6480 Adult Education in CTE 2-3
FCS 5200 Insurance Education Seminar 1-2
FCS 5250 The Adolescent in Development 3
FCS 6220 Practicum in FCS 2-3

*course is required part of the undergraduate CTE teacher education program, but is highly recommended for graduate students who have not taken the course.
**Available only to students accepted into the Leadership Development Program (LDP).

Elective Courses (9-12 hrs.)

Select 9-12 hours in education, health and human services, communication, family and consumer sciences, or other social, behavioral, or applied science fields. These courses are planned with the advisor. The Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology is also an appropriate choice.

Supporting Courses (3-9 hrs.)

EDT 5400 Introduction to Computing and Technology 3
EDT 5410 Telecommunications for Teaching and Learning 3
ED 6000 Fundamentals of Measurement and Evaluation 3
ED 6010 Fundamentals of Education Research 3
ED 6020 School Curriculum 3
EDLD 6020 Educational Leadership 3
EMR 6400 Introduction to Research 3
FCS 6010 Basic Research Methods and Design 3
EDT 5400 Introduction to Computing and Technology 3
EDT 5410 Telecommunications for Teaching and Learning 3
ED 6000 Fundamentals of Measurement and Evaluation 3
ED 6010 Fundamentals of Education Research 3
ED 6020 School Curriculum 3
EDLD 6020 Educational Leadership 3
EMR 6400 Introduction to Research 3
FCS 6010 Basic Research Methods and Design 3

Teaching Certification

Special Focus Area: Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification

Leading to a State Secondary Provisional Certificate with an Endorsement in Marketing, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Industrial Technology And a Vocational Endorsement

Goals

The overall program goal for the graduate CTE teacher education program at WMU is to:

Program Objectives

The program objectives for the graduate CTE teacher education program are aligned with the Career and Technical Education Standards for National Board Certification (NBPTS, 3rd Printing, 2001). Upon completion of the graduate CTE teacher education program at WMU, the student should be able to:

Admission Requirements:

1. Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree comparable to the current Michigan secondary teachable major endorsement in Marketing, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Industrial Technology;
2. Successful completion of Michigan Professional Readiness Exam #96,
3. Work Experience: 4000 hours of recent and relevant work experience in a related field; and,
4. Successful completion of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in the discipline.

Troops-to-Teachers

An on-line component is offered specifically for military service members. Arrangements will be made for the participants to work with a school in their locale to accomplish the hands-on components of the courses.

Program Requirements:

Human Growth and Development (3 hrs)

FCS 5250* Adolescent in Development 3

Teaching of Reading (3 hrs)

LS 6870* Strategic Learning through Texts for High School Teachers 3

Professional Education Courses (18 hrs)

CTE 5100* Special Populations in CTE 3
CTE 5120* Principles of CTE 3
CTE 5130* Teaching Methods in CTE 3
CTE 5420* Curriculum Development in CTE 3
CTE 5430 Work-site Based Education Programs 3
CTE 6430 Measurement and Evaluation in CTE 3

Directed Field Experience (9 hrs)

FCS 6220* Practicum (Intern Teaching) 6
CTE 6170* Seminar in CTE 3

Electives (3 hours from the following suggested courses)

ED 6010 Introduction to Research in Educational Settings 3
OR EMR 6400 Introduction to Research 3
OR FCS 6010 Basic Research Methods and Designs 3
ED 6020 School Curriculum 3
EDLD 6020 Educational Leadership 3

Faculty

Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed for individuals who have a strong commitment to career and technical education (CTE) and desire a leadership position at the secondary or post secondary level. The program allows individuals to develop essentials skills for leadership within Michigan’s Career Preparation System.

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