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Pursue A Career & Technical Education Degree

Exceed Arizona standards in vocational education by earning an accredited bachelor’s degree in Career & Technical Education – Occupational Education from Northern Arizona University. This program is ideal for people who are already CTE certified, who are certified for secondary education in Arizona, or for those working outside public education. Transfer up to 90 credits from a community college toward this 90-30 program and complete your bachelor’s degree online or in person in as little as one year.

NAU also offers an online certificate in Career & Technical Education.

Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree In Just One Year

As a 90-30 degree program, you can transfer up to 90 credit hours from other community colleges or universities.* Much more than the standard 64 transfer allowance. You, then, only need to take 30 hours at NAU to complete your degree, saving you time and money.

*Transfer credit must fulfill degree requirements.

Pursue many career possibilities with an accredited bachelor’s degree in Career & Technical Education – Occupational Education such as secondary technical education teacher, technical writer, training specialist or corporate trainer. Establish your profession in these Arizona settings:

  • Business and Industry
  • Public or Private Secondary Education
  • Trade Schools and Training Settings

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Career and Technical Education

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
UCERT
15 units
Maximum Transfer Units
9
15
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

    Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the "Details" tab for additional information.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Major GPA 2.5
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Some online/blended coursework Required

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Certificate in Career and Technical Education, is to provide professional knowledge courses for those with occupation specific knowledge and skills. The certificate program combines fundamental career and technical education theory with professional knowledge for developing and delivering occupational training in a variety of educational settings. It is ideal for those who seek professional advancement in the field of career and technical education or who require professional knowledge courses for certification renewal. Certificate completers will have the knowledge and ability to plan, develop, deliver, and assess instruction in their occupational area.   

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of foundations of Career and Technical Education

  • Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the Career and Technical Education terminology and structure through appropriate use in written documents and oral presentations.
  • Differentiate the functional, historical and philosophical structure and contexts of Career and Technical Education at the national and international levels.
  • Examine the philosophical social, economic, and ethical considerations and consequences of Career and Technical Education’s role in American society; and identify how these consequences will impact their work in the profession.
2. Demonstrate the ability to plan and develop instruction
  • Demonstrate ability to pre-assess prior knowledge to plan for effective instruction;
  • Select materials, methods and resources to meet instructional goals;
3.  Demonstrate the ability to deliver and assess instruction
  • Demonstrate ability to employ a variety of teaching methods to effectively engage  learners;
  • Evaluate learning, provide appropriate feedback to learners, and objectively judge effectiveness of content delivery methods;
4. Demonstrate professional application of essential skills
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (written and oral) in  the planning, development, delivery and assessment of instruction;
  • Evaluate and critique employability skills for application and integration into Career and Technical Education curriculum and programs;
  • Model appropriate professional occupational conduct and ethics  though application in the planning, development, delivery and assessment of instruction;
5. Demonstrate the ability to positively affect learning of all students and address the needs of diverse students
  • Demonstrate the ability to positively affect learning of all students and address the needs of diverse students.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • To be admitted to this program you need to have an Arizona Provisional Career and Technical Education teaching certificate (or equivalent from another state) or have completed a certificate program or AAS degree in an approved career and technical education occupation area from an accredited institution.
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 15 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.5:

    All courses in this certificate program are eligible for transfer to one of the B.S.Ed. Career and Technical Education degree programs.
  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Career and Technical Education - Occupational Education 90-30

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
BSED
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
90
120

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Students may transfer up to a maximum of 90 hours of community college and/or university credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education.
  • At least 85 units of major core requirements including:

    • at least 34 units of CTE core requirements
    • at least 51 units of emphasis requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Bachelor of Education, Career and Technical Education program, is to integrate occupation specific knowledge and skills with current career and technical education theory and practice to create professionals who can train others in those occupations. The program is geared to promote professionalism and continual growth and development by combining professional and workplace knowledge with the fundamentals of career and technical education. CTE graduates will have the knowledge and ability to (a) assume a role for career and technical education within society, (b) plan, develop, deliver, and assess instruction in an occupationally specific area, and (c) integrate current technological and safety practices into the instructional environment of the classroom or workplace.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate occupation specific knowledge and skills.
    • Demonstrate 3-years occupational knowledge and skills through coursework, Job Ready NOCTI Exam (Written and Performance), and/ or occupational experience credit
  • Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of foundations of Career and Technical Education.
    • Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the Career and Technical Education terminology and structure through appropriate use in written documents and oral presentations
    • Differentiate the functional, historical and philosophical structure and contexts of Career and Technical Education at the national and international levels
    • Examine the philosophical social, economic, and ethical considerations and consequences of Career and Technical Education’s role in American society; and identify how these consequences will impact their work in the profession
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and develop instruction
    • Demonstrate ability to pre-assess prior knowledge to plan for effective instruction
    • Select materials, methods and resources to meet instructional goals
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver and assess instruction.
    • Demonstrate ability to employ a variety of teaching methods to effectively engage  learners
    • Evaluate learning, provide appropriate feedback to learners, and objectively judge effectiveness of content delivery methods
  • Understand how to develop, manage and maintain an effective and safe learning environment or workplace
    • Demonstrate safety and health principles and practices; as appropriate for occupational area
    • Integrate Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations in the workplace
  • Demonstrate technological literacy
    • Possess technological literacy to apply available technologies and investigate potential technology applications
    • Appropriately integrate instructional technology
  • Demonstrate professionalism
    • Demonstrate effective communication skills (written and oral) in business/industry and in  the planning, development, delivery and assessment of instruction
    • Evaluate and critique employability skills for application and integration into Career and Technical Education curriculum and programs
    • Interpret appropriate ethical decision making through contextual scenarios in occupational professional situations
    • Model appropriate professional occupational conduct and ethics  though application in the planning, development, delivery and assessment of instruction
  • Demonstrate the ability to positively affect learning of all students and address the needs of diverse students.
    • Demonstrate understanding of learning styles and their impact on pedagogy and andragogy though application in the planning, development, delivery and assessment of instruction
  • Apply leadership and management theory through research and practice in organizations including promoting and actively involving external and internal publics in the educational system.
    • Evaluate leadership roles of business/industry in promoting school/community relations and interpret the impact those roles have on programs
    • Prepare appropriate materials for involving publics in the educational system

Details

Liberal Studies Requirement
  • If you have earned an AGEC Certification from a regionally accredited community college in Arizona, then you have satisfied the Northern Arizona University Liberal Studies requirement and the Northern Arizona University diversity requirement for this degree. Students who have not earned an AGEC must complete all Liberal Studies requirements and diversity requirements before graduation.

Associate Degree Transfer Block
  • Northern Arizona University accepts a maximum of 90 units from your associate degree program, and you then take 30 upper-division units at Northern Arizona University. 

Major Requirements
  • Take the following 85 units: 

  • CTE Core Requirements

    You must complete the following 34 units with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

    Internship Requirements
    • CTE 408, or intership transfer credit, or occupational experience credit (4 units)
    Emphasis Requirements (51 units)

    Select courses in one of the following approved career and technical education (CTE) occupation areas:
    • Business and Marketing Emphasis
    • Education and Training Emphasis
    • Family and Consumer Science Emphasis
    • Health Careers Emphasis
    • Industrial and Emerging Technologies Emphasis
    • Occupational Emphasis
    Coursework can include any combination of transfer credit* approved by CTE advisor, minor(s) from related fields, certificate(s) awarded by accredited institutions from related fields, National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Job Ready test credit, and/or occupational experience credit. See your advisor for more information.

    *For Occupational Emphasis, transfer credits must be approved coursework clusters of at least 15 units in a specific occupation.

    Please note that if you have previous trade, industrial, or technical experience, we grant you up to 20 units toward your major requirements upon verification of certification from the teacher certification unit at the Arizona Department of Education. Additionally, you may earn 35 units for successful passage of a NOCTI test administered by Northern Arizona University. See your advisor for more information.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Career and Technical Education State Teaching Certification

    You may become career and technical education certified in Arizona by providing documentation of previous occupational experience to the teacher-certification unit at the Arizona Department of Education. See your advisor for more information.

  • Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Plan Option

    This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan.  Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree, which may allow them to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by applying 6 units toward both degrees.  Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Programs to be considered for admission.  Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year.  Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Career and Technical Education - Certificate

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
GCERT
15 units
Maximum Transfer Units
0
15
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
  • Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program).  See the “Details” tab for additional information.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Some online/blended coursework Required

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Certificate in Career and Technical Education, is to provide professional knowledge courses for those with occupation specific knowledge and skills.  The certificate program combines fundamental career and technical education theory with professional knowledge for developing and delivering occupational training in a variety of educational settings.   It is ideal for those who seek professional advancement in the field of career and technical education or who require professional knowledge courses for certification renewal.   Certificate completers will have the knowledge and ability to plan, develop, deliver, and assess instruction in their occupational area.   

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the foundations of Career and Technical Education

  • Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the Career and Technical Education terminology and legal definitions 
  • Explain functional, historical, and philosophical contexts of Career and Technical Education
  • Research and describe through verbal presentations current critical issues within the field
  • Develop a personal philosophy of Career and Technical Education
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to plan and develop instruction
  • Demonstrate ability to pre-assess prior knowledge to plan for effective instruction
  • Select materials, methods, and resources to meet instructional goals
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to deliver and assess instruction
  • Demonstrate ability to employ a variety of teaching methods to effectively engage  learners
  • Evaluate learning, provide appropriate feedback to learners, and objectively judge effectiveness of content delivery methods
4. Students will gain competence in the use a wide variety of multimedia technology tools

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 


    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • Responses to specific essay questions
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 15 units with a minimum GPA of 3.0:
    • CTE Core: CTE 592, CTE 591 (6 units)
    • CTE Methods: CTE 465 or CTE 565 (3 units)
    • Additional units of CTE professional courses chosen with your advisor (6 units)
    All courses in this certificate program are eligible for transfer to the Career and Technical Education program.
  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Under both circumstances, federal financial aid can be used for this certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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