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Career and Technical Education Master of Arts

Program Details

Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts degree in Career and Technical Education for students with a bachelor’s degree in teachable areas such as business, industrial technology, family services and sciences, or consumer sciences. These individuals should be interested in careers in education in which they can use their education and experience as a background to teach in their professional area. 

Students will focus on developing knowledge of teaching while in the process of transitioning to education. Those classes include teaching methods in career and technical education, curriculum development in career and technical education, and administration and supervision of career and technical education. 

Students completing the program should demonstrate the necessary qualifications of educators, which include the ability to demonstrate understanding and knowledge of students, to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the subject matter, the ability to manage classroom and laboratories and create effective environments for learning, the ability to create learning environments involving equal treatment, fairness, and respect for diversity, and the ability to foster experiential, conceptual, and performance-based student learning of the subject matter. In addition, students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to utilize a variety of assessment methods, develop student career decision-making and employability skills, the ability to guide students in managing and balancing multiple life roles, the ability to develop self-awareness and confidence in students, the ability to analyze, evaluate, and strengthen teaching practice through life-long learning, the ability to strengthen professional development an outreach, and to contribute to the education profession to improve schools and advance knowledge and practice in their field.


1. Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree comparable to the current Michigan secondary teachable major endorsement in Marketing, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Industrial Technology;
2. Successful completion of Michigan Test of Basic Skills, 
3. Work Experience: 4000 hours of recent and relevant work experience in a related field; and, 
4. Successful completion of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in the discipline.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission