Industrial Technology Education Majors

Bachelor of arts

student in a woodshop cutting wood


Program description

As Michigan’s skill trades shortage continues to grow, industrial technology instructors play a critical role in motivating youth to pursue the careers of tomorrow. This major prepares students to teach industrial technology courses at the middle or high school level. Industrial technology teachers are in high demand across the country. Most of the recent graduates in this major have secured teaching positions in the State of Michigan before graduating or immediately upon graduation. The industrial technology teacher shortage is expected to grow in the coming years.

Examples of teaching areas

  • Woodshop
  • Renewable Energies
  • Drafting/Computer-aided Design
  • Construction Trades
  • Robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • Metals
  • Polymer Technology
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Welding
  • Plumbing/HVAC
  • Machining/CNC

Many teachers within this teaching area advise Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) such as SkillsUSA.

There are two options within this major (vocational vs. non-vocational). Per state requirements, the main difference is that vocational majors are required to document 4,000 hours of recent and relevant work experience in the industrial area in which they would like to teach. The student can go back as far as 10 years to document these hours. This work experience can be completed while the student pursues the degree.

Graduates without a vocational endorsement typically teach woodshop/drafting in a traditional middle or high school setting.


The industrial technology major is an approved State Board of Education and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) teacher education program.


This degree program leads to a State of Michigan Standard Certificate, which can include a Standard CTE Vocational Certificate.


For class listings, program guides and other resources, visit the advising page for the industrial technology education vocational major.


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Work experience

Verification form for work experience