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What is career and technical education?

Career and technical education prepares students for careers teaching specific trades and occupational skills for high-demand industry areas. Graduates transition from working in the field to teaching others the field.

Why career and technical education at OSU?

This program is the only of its kind in Oklahoma that leads to certification from the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Its delivery format and curriculum are designed to be flexible and collaborative, especially for adult learners or non-traditional students. The program is offered via distance learning, making it accessible to working adults and those who reside off campus.

Career paths

Career paths vary, depending on the program option (certification or non-certification). Graduates of the certification option may go on to teach secondary level students in career technology centers or high schools in Oklahoma. Graduates of the non-certification option may go on to teach adults in career technology centers, community colleges, technical institutes or may provide work-place training in a variety of industries.



Certification option

Students selecting this option are prepared to serve as teachers, or in other related professional roles, for career and technical education in high schools or area career and technology centers. This option meets requirements for the standard career and technical teaching certification from the Oklahoma State Department of Education. 

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Non-certification option

Students choosing the non-certification option are prepared to be instructional personnel for technical programs in community colleges, technical institutes and industry. Advanced standing credit for industry experience and credentials is available.


Areas of specialization

Those in the career and technical education field possess education and/or experience in subject or skill area to be taught. These areas vary and can include aerospace and defense, transportation and distribution, residential and commercial construction, business and marketing, health certifications and computer certifications. Competency in these specializations may be acquired by completing technical or community college, apprenticeship training, actual experience in the field or a combination of these.

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