Feb 03, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Career and Technical Education, M.A.

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This program is offered fully online.

Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 30
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 13.1320
Dept. Code: LEA
Major/College Codes: ACT ED
Approved 2010

Contact Information

College: Education
Department: Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE)

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Contact department for information.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Faculty in the CTE major use a process for consideration of admission that encompasses the following items:

  • Relevant experience in the field of Career & Technical Education (or closely related field):
  • Certification in a Career and Technical Education major area or closely related area (a statement of current certification status in letter of application is sufficient documentation). Certification is not required for admission to Plan III;
  • In exceptional cases, a student with an upper-level undergraduate GPA of 2.50-2.99 may be considered for admission (based on age of the degree, discipline, institution and other considerations). In each of those cases, the student must earn a 3.5 GPA in the first two courses in the major to be permitted to continue
  • A letter of application containing a statement of professional goals
  • A current resume or vita.

Special Instructions for International Students:
In addition to the University requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships; and
  • Other information as required by the major of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

Curriculum Requirements

(Plan I, 30 hours minimum; Plan III, 30 hours minimum)

Core Requirements:

Plan I: Psychological or Social Foundations course – 3 hrs. min. from the College’s approved course listing or ADE 6385  

Plan III: Psychological or Social Foundations courses – 6 hrs. min. from the college’s approved course listing or ADE 6385 . (Selection may also include MHS 6340 Career Development )
Research – Improving CTE Programs, ECT 6767  or EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research  – 3 hours

Concentration Requirements:

18 SH in Career & Technical Education (15 SH for those holding National Board Certification) Proof of National Board Certification must be provided.

Students must select concentration coursework from the courses below.


Graduate level electives may be substituted for selected concentration courses with the advisor’s approval.

Field Experience: (3 Credit Hours Minimum)

Another course may be considered for substitution if the student has recent experience in their occupational field. The substitution requires approvals at the major and the college levels.

Comprehensive Examination:

Students will maintain a comprehensive portfolio and submit it at the end their major.


there is no thesis option in this major.

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