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Career and Technical Education

Master of Arts (MA)

The Master of Arts degree in Career and Technical Education (CTE) reflects contemporary legislation, national trends, and critical issues that affect state and national work force development. The program is designed for bachelor's graduates in marketing education, business education, family and consumer sciences, industrial arts, industrial education, or career and technical education and can lead to Michigan provisional teacher certification.

The program of study is designed to provide the student with skills and knowledge in the areas of:

  • Program administration
  • Career-related training programs
  • School-to-work initiatives
  • Student leadership development
  • Special populations
This program will require a few face-to-face meetings to complete the program.

Troops-to-Teachers:

This program offers a special focus area exclusively for the US Government Troops-to-Teachers program. Retiring military personnel, with a bachelor's degree and related work experience in business or industrial-technical areas, may be eligible to obtain a teaching certification entirely on-line, anywhere in the world.


Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification:

This program is designed for non-traditional students who already have a bachelor degree in a teachable area such as Business, Industrial Technology, and Family and Consumer Sciences. 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. 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. The coursework may be taken online when special arrangements are made to complete the hands-on components of the program at a school in the students' locale.

Program Benefits

  • Thirty-hour degree program with coursework to strengthen students' abilities to teach in career and technical education and to assist in developing and implementing new programs or curricula
  • Career preparation for administrators, supervisors, counselors and coordinators
  • Technical education areas of marketing education, business education, family and consumer sciences, and technology education
  • Productive learning environments to assist students in the transition from school to work