Department of Career & Technical Education


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This degree is designed for the individual who is interested in teaching their trade to others in a military, industrial, secondary, or post-secondary setting. This degree is offered as a Bachelor of Science degree in career and technical education. Career and technical education emphasizes the development of applied problem solving skills in a problem-based learning environment. The concept of education as the whole person, head, heart, and hand is central to career and technical education. The program mission is to develop graduates who function as thinking adults, as compassionate and moral individuals, and as artisans who are effective at sharing their trade with others.



Career and technical Education Major: Thirty semester hours are required in career and technical education. Eighteen of these hours are in pedagogy for career and technical teachers. An internship course is required of all students as a capstone

There are two emphasis areas in career and technical education. The teaching emphasis is for students who intend to enter or continue technical and career education upon graduation as secondary or postsecondary instructors. The military/training emphasis is for students who are interested in military or industrial training in subject areas that are not offered in secondary or post secondary career and technical programs.

Technical Course Requirement: Students intending to enter technical and career education upon graduation as secondary or postsecondary instructors are required to have a minimal of 24 hours in technical or trade skill prior to entering the program in a trade or technical area that is offered in CTE at the secondary or postsecondary level. Military/industrial emphasis students may enter the program without the technical transfer credits required for teaching majors. This option is intended for individuals who are currently working in a technical or industrial training field that is not recognized as a secondary trade and industry subject area. Military/industrial emphasis students, in consultation with their advisor, select 24 hours of course work from an appropriate area to meet their technical area requirement.

Teacher Licensure: formal educational requirements are only part of the vocational teacher licensure requirements in Mississippi. Additional requirements include work experience in a specific trade area and often a professional exam in that area. These requirements vary based on the subject area and employer requirements. In some subjects, a subject specific degree is required rather than an education or career and technical education degree. For these reasons, due to trade and employer specific requirements in Mississippi for vocational teacher licensure, this degree does not result in teacher licensure or certification. Applicants to this program are required to meet with an advisor to review any testing, educational, or work requirements needed to support specific trade and career goals.


Course Descriptions - Career and Technical Education

441. Foundations of Career and Technical Education: (3 hours) An introductory course for teaching trade, technical, and other vocational subjects Link to Syllabus

442. Management of the Career and Technical Education Learning Environment: (3 hours) Organization and management of students, equipment, and physical facilities. Link to Syllabus

443. Design of Career and Technical Education Programs: (3 hours) Occupational analysis-based design and sequencing of instructional components, and the development of appropriate support material. Link to Syllabus

444. Development of Career and Technical Instructional Materials: (3 hours) Selection, development, and use of instructional technology with an emphasis on media production and online instruction. Link to Syllabus

445. Delivery of Career and Technical Instructional Programs: (3 hours) Learning theory and techniques of instructional delivery in the career and technical education classroom and laboratory. Link to Syllabus

446. Evaluation of Career and Technical Student Performance: (3 hours) Development and utilization of various measuring devices and techniques, statistical treatment of data, and generation of evaluative reports. Link to Syllabus

447. Industrial Human Relations: (3 hours) A study of human behavior and interpersonal dynamics within the industrial organization and environment for industrial educators. Link to Syllabus

452. History and Philosophy of Career and Technical Education: (3 hours) Objectives, principles, aims, and organization of programs in schools and colleges. Link to Syllabus

495. Internship in Career and Technical Education: (3 hours) Application experience in career and technical education. Link to Syllabus