College of Education and Professional Studies

Bachelor of Science in Education in Career and Technology Education

The Career and Technology Education program offers the following majors:

Allied Health Education

Advisor: Dr. Karen Barnes

These programs are design for individuals who possess a license, certificate, or other accreditation in a health occupation.

These individuals must:

  • Have completed an AMA approved health occupation program of at least 12 months in length or an associate degree program in an accredited college.
  • Have two or more years work experience in the area of the professional credential. One year of this experience must have been completed within the 3-year period preceding the granting of the BS Degree.

Courses are offered in the evening and weekends during the academic year for these majors.

Business and Information Technology Education/Marketing Education

Advisor: Dr. Frank Nelson

The degree consists of 32 credit hours. The courses include 14 credit hours of core subjects, like advances psychology and research, and 18 credit hours of business-related and education-related courses determined by the participant and program advisor.

A standard teaching certificate is a pre-requisite, but a limited number of credit hours may count for both certification and the master's degree. The program advisor will work closely with degree candidates to design a program to meet individual needs.

Several nationally recognized teachers are counted among the alumni for this program, which testifies to its soundness and recognition.

Many people with degree in non-educational fields find they can get a teaching certificate in the subject they love, work in the field of education with an age group they enjoy, and achieve their personal goal of an advanced degree relatively all at the same time. Students have six years to complete the degree.

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Family and Consumer Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Candy Sebert

The mission of Family and Consumer Sciences is to prepare individuals and families to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. The discipline's unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships.

The family and consumer sciences teacher shortage has been well documented. Nationwide studies show greater demand than supply of teachers in all but two states. Contributing factors include an aging teacher population, program expansions and FAXS teachers moving into other fields, including tech-prep and school-to-career coordination. More secondary teachers are needed in the field to keep FACS programs and FCCLA chapters strong. The occupational family and consumer sciences areas of child care, food service/production, and hospitality careers continue to be in demand for adults and secondary students.

A major in family and consumer sciences education prepares the professional to guide individuals toward finding practical solutions to everyday concerns. Employment for the family and consumer sciences graduate is not limited to the public school classroom.

A family and consumer sciences degree provides the professional with many skills that can be transferred to other areas with minimal or no additional training. For example, a teacher may leave teaching and work in human services or business positions. Throughout their lifetimes, these teachers may be interested in several different careers. Professionals who can link school, community and business to address problems in society have a bright future.

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Trade and Industrial Education

Advisor: Dr. Len Bogner

Trade and Industrial Education is the program within career and technical education designed to develop manipulative skills, safety consciousness, trade ethics, leadership abilities, technical knowledge, and related occupational information that prepares individuals for employment, upgrades or retrains out-of-school adult workers in trade, technical, and industrial occupations.

Trade and Industrial instruction opportunities exist in:

  • Comprehensive high schools
  • Area career and technology centers
  • Correctional facility skill centers
  • Business and industry, etc.

This program is one of only a few teaching fields where and individual may begin teaching without a teaching degree, if he or she has served as technician, industrial specialist, or trades person with at least three years approved work experience within the last five years. This program can help you attain your teaching degree concurrently as you teach in a career and technology program.

Additionally, you can receive 24 hours of college credit for your work experience through an advanced standing examination.

Previous hours you may have toward another degree may count as well. We will look at every course you have completed. Those that correspond with basic T&I courses or with other courses in your plan will be substituted.

Also, unique to this program is the fact that all courses relative to the specialization area are taught via interactive video transmission and in special weekend formats or week-long summer blocks.