The Career and Technical Education MA program prepares students pursuing leadership and administrative positions in career and technical education (CTE) as well as talent development and corporate training. This program is designed for individuals whose goal is to teach, train, coach, and/or lead in specific disciplines located in secondary and post-secondary schools (technical centers, community colleges, and universities); corporations and industry; military; and professional organizations. The goal of this program is to improve the quality and effectiveness of talent development and instructional personnel in all industries. The Career and Technical Education MA program places emphasis on the intellectual growth of each student using research-based effective teaching techniques, scholarly learning, laboratory-field experience, and leadership development.
Please note: Career and Technical Education (MA) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
The Career and Technical Education MA program requires a minimum of 42-45 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 9 credit hours of education foundation core courses, 9 credit hours of career education core courses, and 21 credit hours of advisor-approved courses focused on a specialization within the field. The program also requires an internship (6 credit hours) or a research report (3 credit hours). Passing a comprehensive examination at the end of the program is a graduation requirement.
Total Credit Hours Required: 42-45 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
The three Career Education Core classes (Research in Career Education, History of Career Education in the United States, and Issues in Career Education) combined to provide students with an in-depth analysis of career education from its inception to future trends. The flexibility of choosing the Education Foundation courses from the list provided as well as subject matter, discipline-specific electives allows for a personalized degree program. The internship course is a learning activity that takes place in a face-to-face or web-based authentic setting in which students must apply, reflect upon, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. The internship experience gives students insight and hands-on experience while being observed and mentored by a supervising teacher and UCF faculty member.
Required Courses: 18 Credit Hours
Education Foundation Core: Select 9 Credit Hours
Career Education Core: 9 Credit Hours
Elective Courses: 21 Credit Hours
CTE Specializations Courses
Students who wish to specialize in career and technical education may choose from the following list of courses (3 credit hours each).
Please note: Courses shown with an asterisk can be applied to the Local Director for Career and Technical Education Certification through the State of Florida. For more information, please review the Florida Department of Education teacher certification website. The Career and Technical Education MA program is not an initial certification program.
Internship Option: 6 Credit Hours
- ECT 6946 - Graduate Internship 6 Credit Hours
Research Report Option: 3 Credit Hours
- ECT 6909 - Research Report 2,1 Credit Hours
If initial certification is desired, see adviser.
The internship is an independent learning activity that takes place in face-to-face or web-based authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect upon, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. The internship experience gives students full control of the operational setting where they are placed (e.g., such as primary face-to-face or web classroom teacher while being observed and mentored by a supervising teacher and UCF faculty member).
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate admission requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- A Personal/Goal Statement of 1-2 pages summarizing background, career goals, interests, and how this degree will align with those goals.
- The GRE exam is not required for admission.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
|Career and Technical Education MA
|Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.
|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.