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Occupational Education | Career & Technical Education, B.S.

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Professional Technical

For those interested in teaching the technical sciences involved with trade and industry.  The program serves teachers in secondary education and industrial programs, as well as those with relevant work experience, who wish to teach in post-secondary career and technical education programs.    

Fast Facts

  • College of Education is accredited by NCATE 
  • Degree is available online and face-to-face
  • Degree is offered in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Moscow campuses
  • Small class size 
  • Community college or technical institute teacher
  • Instructor in business and industry in an office or retail setting
  • Trainer in a business setting
  • Post secondary professional technical trainer


Potential salaries are based
upon national averages.
Job Placement According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for post secondary technical educators are expected to grow by 3 percent from 2004 to 2014. 
Degree Prep This option is designed for those teachers in secondary trade and industrial programs who wish to teach in post-secondary professional-technical programs.
Degree Roadmap
CTE 420
Evaluation in Professional-Technical Education
3 cr
CTE 426
Instructional Design & Curriculum
3 cr
CTE 447
Diverse Populations & Individual Differences
3 cr
CTE 472
Teaching and Learning in Occupation Education 3 cr

Approved course in computer literacy 3 cr

Professional-technical electives approved by advisor to total 128 cr 
CTE 200, 400 Seminar (cr arr)
CTE 203, 403 Workshop (cr arr)
CTE 204, 404 Special Topics (cr arr)
CTE 299, 499 Directed Study (cr arr)
CTE 306 Preservice for New Professional-Technical Teachers 3 cr
CTE 307 Inservice for New Professional-Technical Teachers 3 cr
CTE 418 Teaching Economics & Personal Finance 3 cr
CTE 470 Technical Competence 1-32 cr
Additional requirements for Professional Technical Education students seeking Idaho Secondary Teaching Certificate include the satisfactory completion of the PRAXIS II Content Area Test, & the following.
Comm 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or 2 cr
Comm 132 Oral Interpretation 2 cr
EDCI 201 Contexts of Education 2 cr
EDCI 301 Learning, Development, & Assessment 3 cr
EDCI 302 Teaching Culturally Diverse Learners 4 cr
EDCI 401 Internship Seminar 1 cr
EDCI 463 Literacy Methods for Content Learning 3 cr
EDCI 485 Secondary Internship or 18 cr
CTE 484 Internship in Professional - Technical & Technology Education Teaching 18 cr
EDSP 300 Educating for Exceptionalities 2 cr
Psyc 101 Intro to Psychology 3 cr
Psyc 305 Developmental Psychology 3 cr
Scholarships To find out more about the available scholarships contact the Financial Aid office.
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Hands-On Learning Students in this program are student centered and allows to students to engage in their passions and interests.  
Internships All students must complete a student teaching internship before completing their degree. Learn more about student teaching internships.