Graduate Catalog 2003-2004
Career and Technology Education
The Master of Education in Career and Technology Education (C&TE) program is designed for individuals interested in one of the following two areas.
Training and Development: The C&TE program is designed to prepare individuals who desire professional qualifications in the field of training and development. Course work is based on the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) competencies for professional practice in human resource development. Each course of study is prepared based on individual background, interests, and needs. Course work in the College of Technology emphasizes skills in needs analysis, instructional design, instructional strategies, presentation graphics, evaluation, cost benefit analysis, and adult learning and motivation. These are blended with course selections from other University program offerings such as technical communication, industrial psychology, human resource management, education, and organization development. Many courses involve projects in a business or industry setting.
Technology/Technical Education: The C&TE program is designed to prepare individuals who desire to become leaders in the area of technology/technical education. Course work includes curriculum development, evaluation, instructional media, presentation graphics, and research in technology/technical education. The program also allows for technical upgrading related to the subject being taught. An emphasis can also be developed in the area of administration, supervision, or evaluation and research.
Training and development and technology/technical education may be pursued as cognate areas for graduate degrees in family and consumer sciences, technical writing, educational administration and supervision with an emphasis in higher education administration, business education, and technology. Students pursuing a Ph.D., specialist, or master's degree in other disciplines can work with their major advisor and an advisor in C&TE to complete a cognate in training and development or technology/technical education.
Prerequisites to Graduate Work
A bachelor's degree in education or a related technical or professional area is required. If the graduate coordinator determines deficiencies in a student's background, additional undergraduate or graduate work will be prescribed
Applicants seeking admission to the M.Ed. program should follow the instructions outlined in the "Graduate Admission" section of this catalog. Applicants must present an undergraduate grade point average of no less than a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
Master of Education
Candidates may pursue the M.Ed. degree under one of two plans.
Plan I: Under this research-centered plan, students must take a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit, write a thesis, and pass a final oral examination.
Plan II: Under this course-centered plan, students must take a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit, write, and defend a major project or comprehensive examination.
In order to maximize graduate offerings in relation to career goals, the remainder of the degree program is designed by each student in consultation with the graduate coordinator. Persons who have undergraduate work in a component area of career and technology education may pursue a degree program to broaden their career opportunities. For example, for teaching or supervisory certification objectives, a degree program can be developed that meets both state certification standards and program standards. Persons from business or industry may similarly individualize their degree programs. For example, for developing industrial training competencies, instructional technology, and technical writing specializations can be pursued. Additional program materials may be obtained from the graduate coordinator.