M.S. Career and Technical Education Online

Advance your career and gain leadership skills in career, technical, and workforce education.
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers & Salaries Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online

UW-Stout's Master of Science degree in Career and Technical Education is for educators and industry professionals interested in gaining leadership skills and advancing their careers. This program is designed for working adults, and can be completed in as little as two years. People who complete this degree work in career and technical education at the secondary and postsecondary levels, in industry, or in workforce education agencies.

MS CTE alumni and Deanna Schultz, the MS CTE program director talk about the value of the program and its flexibility for adult learners. / UW-Stout

Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


Program Highlights

  • Includes asynchronous and synchronous online delivery; customized hybrid options may be available
  • Financial aid can include student loans, scholarships, and graduate assistantships
  • Earn the degree in as little as two years, while working full time


  • Flexible curriculum can be customized to suit your career goals
  • Focus on the development of leadership skills
  • Learn to develop and coordinate curriculum and programs

This flexible program requires a minimum of 30 credits for completion. Individual programs are planned jointly by the student and the program director to emphasize both theory and application.


  • Teaching: For CTE teachers who want to advance their skills or gain the skills needed for adult-learner instruction. 
  • Administration: For individuals looking to more into CTE leadership roles in higher education or other organizations working with adult learners.
  • Marketing & Business Education: For K-12 teachers seeking to grow as marketing or business educators.
  • CTE Coordinator/Director of Instruction: For individuals with a Wisconsin Tier 2 or equivalent license seeking to be a preK-12 school leader with an emphasis in career and technical education. This concentration leads to Wisconsin DPI licensure for CTE Coordinator and Director of Instruction administrative licenses.

Certificate Options

UW-Stout offers three graduate-level professional development certificates, and a Career and Technical Education Coordinator certification. The certificate courses are transferable into the M.S. Career and Technical Education program.

Skills, knowledge, and aptitudes required to achieve the student's individual career goals are matched with graduate-level learning experiences.

"Taking my master's program online allows flexibility in my schedule as I work full time. I appreciate the ability to work towards my degree from anywhere."

-- John Sobota
M.S. Career and Technical Education

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Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

Admissions Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements


To be admitted with full status to the program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have earned an overall GPA of at least 2.75.

Program Application

To successfully apply to the program, please submit the following:

  • A Goal Statement which demonstrates that your career goals align with the objectives of the program. Also state the concentration you plan to pursue: teaching, administration, or CTE Coordinator/Director of Instruction.
  • A current resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a current supervisor, indicating characteristics and experience that make you a good candidate for the program.

For the CTE Coordinator/Director of Instruction concentration only, the following additional steps are required:

  1. Include a copy of a current or previous teaching license with application materials submitted to the Graduate School.
  2. Complete a National Background Check.

Please submit all materials by email to Beth Kucko, Graduate School Admissions Examiner at kuckob@uwstout.edu.

A deficiency in these requirements does not preclude admission but may involve additional steps to obtain full admission to the program.


“The completion of my degree has affected me in several ways. As a returning adult student, it was a personal accomplishment. I am more confident in my ability to perform in the classroom as well as being an example to others of lifelong learning. I also feel that I am more prepared to compete in today's workforce with my degree.”

- Jacqueline Newman

"When I started this program I was a little concerned about it being all online and that I would miss out on the camaraderie with fellow classmates and learn from their experiences. However, I have found that not to be true."

- Teresa LaMacchia


CTE Advisory Committee

2022-23 CTE Advisory Committee

Alex  Birkholz Instructor Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Brad Gast Dean of Business & Industry and Continuing Education Northcentral Technical College
John  Kleven Instructor Chippewa Valley Technical College
Joni  Geroux Director of Marketing Chippewa Valley Technical College
Julie Watts Professor UW-Stout
Kevin Dietsche Instructor UW-Stout
Laura  Feyma Family Consumer Science Educator New Richmond High School
Micheal  Shiels Dean School of Applied Technologies, Waukesha County Technical College
Sharon  Wendt CTE Director Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Steve  Decker Vice President Finance & Business Services, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Laura  Reisinger BS/MS ICT Program Director UW-Stout
Dani Lewandowski  CTE Coordinator CESA 11
E.J. Daigle Dunwoody College of Technology Dean, Advanced Manufacturing
Brian Seguin Director of Instruction Menomonie Area School District
Michael  Rick Delavan-Darien School District CTE Coordinator/Technology Education Teacher
Jerrilyn Brewer Interim Program Director UW-Stout



Professional Licensure Requirements

This program is designed to meet educational requirements for licensure/certification in the state of Wisconsin. Professional licensure/certification prerequisites vary from state to state, and we are not able to determine whether our program meets prerequisites in other states. If you intend to work in another state, contact that state's regulatory authority to determine if our program will meet the licensure/certification requirements, and contact the UW-Stout Program Director for assistance. Please see the following website for additional information.

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