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 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.
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.
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.