Graduate WFED and Career-Technical Education (CTE)
Master of Education in Workforce Education and Development
BGSU’s Master of Education in Workforce Education and Development program qualifies students for competitive positions in teaching, business and industry, and leadership in areas including business, education and career-technical education. The program is offered in on-campus, blended on-campus and online and completely online formats.
In addition to core courses in foundations, curriculum, teaching methodology and research, students will match their background and career goals to a variety of programs that permit them to select from elective courses related to their goals.
The degree program requires 36 credit hours. It is composed of 5 core courses (3 credit hours each) that all students take and 18 credit hours of electives. In addition, students must complete a capstone experience toward the end of the program for 3 credit hours that is in the form of a thesis or a project.
The 18 credit hours of electives may be drawn from the following concentrations:
This option provides master’s students with the opportunity to complete the requirements needed to be granted an Ohio teaching license to teach in the areas of business and marketing education from grades 4 and beyond. Most graduates teach in middle schools, high schools or high school career centers immediately upon completion of the program. The master's degree with teacher licensure requires coursework beyond the initial 36 credit hours.
This option provides master’s students with the opportunity to complete the requirements needed to be granted an Ohio teaching license to teach in the area of family and consumer sciences education from grades 4 and beyond. Most graduates teach in middle schools, high schools or high school career centers immediately upon completion of the program. The master's degree with teacher licensure requires coursework beyond the initial 36 credit hours.
This option is attractive for the student who holds a business or related bachelor’s degree, has experience in the workforce and is seeking opportunities to teach at the post-secondary level (community college, private college, private school, adult education, continuing education, industry/government). In addition, this is an appealing concentration for the individual who is currently teaching at the post-secondary level and wants to strengthen skills and credentials.
This option is designed for licensed teachers who want to be better positioned to teach computer technology courses and serve in such roles as a technology coordinator in an educational setting. Those completing this option are better prepared for innovative classroom teaching and creative technology leadership in schools. In addition to this master’s degree, all students who complete this option will receive a BGSU Computer Technology Graduate Certificate and those with an Ohio teaching license will have computer technology added as an endorsement to their license by meeting state requirements.
The primary goal of this option is to prepare teachers to be effective in teaching online by helping them understand student learning within online K-12 educational contexts. In addition to the master’s degree, those who complete this program will receive a BGSU K-12 Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate.
A four-year Alternative Resident Educator License for Teaching in Career-Technical Workforce Development is issued by the state to those meeting specifications including work experience in the career field to be taught. During the first four years of teaching, the teacher must complete a 24 credit hour at a university approved to offer the program. BGSU’s approved program is the only one in Ohio that is available completely online. The credit hours in this option apply to the master’s degree program and comprise about 2/3 of the master’s program.
In Ohio, a Supplemental License for Teaching in Career-Technical Workforce Development (CTWD) is issued to the holder of a standard teaching license at the request of an employing school superintendent. Once a supplemental teaching license has been issued, the teacher is required to complete an approved university supplemental licensure program such as BGSU’s Supplemental License for Teaching in Career-Technical Workforce Development program. All courses in this program apply to the master’s degree program.
This program is designed for the career-technical teacher who is seeking advanced preparation for supporting the transition of youth with disabilities from high school to adult life. In addition to this master’s degree, all students who complete this option will receive a BGSU Secondary Transition Graduate Certificate and those with an Ohio teaching license will have a transition-to-work endorsement added to their license by meeting state requirements.
With the assistance of an advisor, students selecting this option will design a program with a set of courses (18 credit hours of electives) that meet their interests and career plans.
What is a Scholarship?
A scholarship provides graduate students the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree. Candidates complete an application process for the competitive scholarships that are awarded for full-time study. The scholarship pays for the majority of the instructional fees while scholarship winners are expected to pay all remaining fees. Graduate students may also apply to receive a stipend for working 10-20 hours per week at the university while pursuing the degree. This competitive opportunity is available through BGSU's School of Teaching and Learning (STL). Applications are reviewed beginning February 15.
What do Graduate Assistants do?
Graduate students often have a mix of responsibilities, some of which are described below.
- Administrative Assistant (AA):
Performs duties primarily associated with administrative and support responsibilities in offices and/or for program coordination. Works primarily with program coordinators or school director to track enrollments, assist with student advising, collect and analyze program data, develop recruitment and retention plans or materials, develop agendas for program meetings, take minutes of meetings, and other duties as assigned.
- Research Assistant (RA):
Assists with the researchers’ projects and/or research endeavors; assists with data collection, which may include surveys, interviews or document analysis; searches and compiles literature required for research studies; types notes, enters data, and organizes materials; documents research findings and results in a systematic manner as requested by the researcher; assists in the preparation of materials for professional development or other research related activities; assists the researcher in various research related functions, including field visits and assists in recruiting efforts for subjects who will be participating in future research studies.
- Teaching Assistant (TA):
Assigned to particular faculty or courses to assist with instructional activities that may include grading; course technology management; online or face-to-face instructional support; field experience supervision; and facilitation of small group seminar discussions or activities. Teaching experience in K-12 schools preferred for some assignments. Teaching assistants assigned to the Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center are required to complete a Reading Endorsement during the first summer of their programs.
- Teaching Associate (TI):
Serves as an instructor of record for a course; responsible for grading assignments; interacts with students; teaches new concepts or skills; and submits final grades. Ability to work independently a priority. Teaching experience in K-12 schools or advanced skills in technology required for some assignments.
How to Apply for a WFED Scholarship:
- Complete the Graduate College Application for Master of Education in Workforce Education and Development
- One set of official transcripts from all institutions attended
- Official copy of test scores (Praxis II PLT, GRE, OAE Pedagogy)
- For the assistantship, complete the following:
- Assistantship application
- Three recommendation letters
- Send in all of your Grad College forms and assistantship information to Wendy Vaughn.
- If possible, submit materials by February 15.
Submit Your Application and Documents to:
529 Education Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
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