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Career and Technical Education

M.Ed. Career and Technical Education (CTE); Ed.S.P./T.Ed. CTE

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Graduates of the career and technical education program are prepared to become curriculum coordinators, cooperative education coordinators, work-based learning coordinators, supervisors of instruction and administrators of professional-technical programs. Many graduates also go on to become post-secondary instructors or master teachers at the secondary level.

The program offers the following areas of specialization: 

  • Business/marketing education emphasis
  • Occupational education emphasis (more than 100 certification areas)
  • Technology education emphasis (teaching preparation)
  • Certificate in Technical Workforce Training
  • Ph.D. Education with a Career and Technical Education emphasis
  • Ed.D. Education with a Career and Technical Education emphasis

Students have ample opportunities to apply classroom theories to realistic situations. Under the guidance of our experienced faculty in a relaxed environment, students will get the most out of their education.

This degree is offered at three of our University of Idaho campus locations: Moscow, Boise and Idaho Falls.

Your First Year

This program gives you the flexibility to focus on the area of career and technical education that best supports your professional expertise and goals.

The curriculum includes these courses:

  • Principles and Philosophy of Professional-Technical Education
  • Instructional Design and Curriculum Development
  • Issues in Business and Marketing Education
  • Future of Education and Work 

What You Can Do

Graduates of this program become administrators or program directors in educational institutions or business and industry. They also pursue positions as master teachers in secondary and post-secondary institutions.


A degree and/or certificates in professional-technical and technology education will put you in high demand. The degree not only increases earning potential, but provides graduates with more marketable skills. You'll also be better positioned for leadership and managerial roles within your own working environment.


For technology educators, The Technology Club offers events and opportunities for technology educators to understand and apply their knowledge and skills.

Faculty Involvement

A small student-to-faculty ratio provides a unique opportunity for students to interact closely with faculty.

John Cannon
John G. Cannon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, CTE Programs
Dr. Cannon's research interests are in the area of Career and Technical Education teacher professional development and CTE alternative certification.
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Assistant Dean Jim Gregson 116x89
James A. Gregson
Associate Dean and Professor
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Allen Kitchell
Allen Kitchel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Teacher Professional Developmemt, Program and curriculum development in business and marketing education, Teaching pedagogy in business and marketing education, Best practice models for online pedagogy, Educational technology adoption by teachers, Technology literacy
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Jerry McMurtry
Jerry R. McMurtry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Developing human resources in rural organizations, Leadership
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Zachary Russell
Zachary J. Russell
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