M.S. Career and Technical Education

Are you interested in advancing your career and gaining 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.

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

Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


Note: The CTE Coordinator concentration option in this program is designed to meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Wisconsin. If you reside outside of Wisconsin, please note that UW-Stout cannot confirm whether this program (or course) meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. Students from other states will need to contact their state regarding licensure requirements. See the following website for additional information. 


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

Use the Request Information form to receive a program summary and learn more about the Master of Science degree in 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:

  • $538 per graduate creditcustomized 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.
  • 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.

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.

CTE Advisory Committee

2020 CTE Advisory Committee

Jerry  Johnson Director Center for Innovation & Development, UW-Stout
Byron  Anderson Associate Professor UW-Stout
Alex  Birkholz Instructor Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Steve  Decker Vice President Finance & Business Services, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Kevin Dietsche Instructor UW-Stout
Laura  Feyma Family Consumer Science Educator New Richmond High School
Brad Gast Dean of Business & Industry and Continuing Education Northcentral Technical College
Joni  Geroux Director of Marketing Chippewa Valley Technical College
John  Kleven Instructor Chippewa Valley Technical College
Brenda  Kretzschmar Curriculum and Assessment Manager WITC
Deanna  Schultz Program Director UW-Stout
Micheal  Shiels Dean School of Applied Technologies, Waukesha County Technical College
John  Sobota Student UW-Stout
Julie Watts Professor UW-Stout
Sharon  Wendt CTE Director Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Jeff  Ylinen Provost Dunwoody College of Technology

“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


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