Career and Technical Education

Why Study Career and Technical Education?

The Career and Technical Education program prepares practitioners and education professionals to plan, organize and deliver instruction in business, industry and technical settings. The program prepares teachers to help students in middle and high schools develop career-related and technical skills.

Candidates learn the concept of interdisciplinary instruction by learning how to apply core academic subjects such as math, into business math and drafting. The program offers options leading to a Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education. The three options offered under the B.S. in Career and Technical Education are;

  • Business, Marketing and Computer Education
  • Technology (Engineering) Education
  • Family and Consumer Science

Candidates completing the program are prepared to teach specific vocational and technical education programs at various educational levels.

The program qualifies candidates for an Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed at the high school (9-12) and middle school (6-8) levels. Additional courses may be completed for a computer networking certificate.

There is a graduate degree offered. The Masters of Arts in Teaching program, focuses on preparing individuals seeking a Master’s degree and educator licensure endorsed at the high school (9-12) and a middle school (6-8) level.

Candidates selecting the non-certification program option must take the first 12 semester hours of professional education; the remaining 18 semester hours are IT, T&Ed or BE electives. These candidates are exempt from the 24 semester hours plus student teaching requirement.

Career and Technical Education Facts:

  • The median annual wage of middle school career and technical education teachers was $51,470 in May 2010.
  • The median annual wage of high school career and technical education teachers was $54,310 in May 2010.
  • Career and technical education teachers work in public and private schools.
  • The numbers of jobs in 2010 were 103,000.
  • Employment growth will be due to continued increases in school enrollments.
Courses of Study-Business, Marketing and Computer Education General Education (42 Hours)
Composition (6 hours)
ENG 1270 3 cred Composition I
ENG 1280 3 cred Composition II
Humanities (6 Hours)
CMAT 1130 3 cred Oral Comm.
ART 2110 3 cred Intro. Non-western art
Foreign Language (6 hours)
For Lang Seq 1 3 cred Foreign Lang I For Lang
Seq 2 3 cred Foreign Lang II
Natural Science (6 hours inc. 1 lab)
Bio 1070 or 1080 3 cred Bio Sci Survey I Lec/Lab/
    Bio Sci Survey II Lec/Lab
Ph Sci 1080 3 cred Critical Thinking Technology
Social Science (15 hours)
Hist 1300/1310 3 cred U.S. History 1607-1876
    U.S. History since 1877/ Pol 1010 Intro. Political Science
Psyc 1100 3 cred Intro Psyc
Psyc 2040 3 cred Psy Childhood/Adolescence
Econ 1010 3 cred Macro Econ
Econ 1020 3 cred Micro Econ
Psyc 1100 3 cred Intro Psyc
Psyc 2040 3 cred Psy Childhood/Adolescence
Mathematics (3 hours)
Math 1200 3 cred College Algebra
Core Requirements (55 Hours)
Acct 2110 3 cred. Intro Fin. Acct
Acct 2111 3 cred. Managerial Acct
Acct 2291 3 cred. Business Law
BE 4307 3 cred. Entrepreneurship Tchrs
BE 3211 3 cred. Mgmt for Tchrs
BE 4310 3 cred. Sales
BE 4313 3 cred. Mkt for Tchrs
BE 4320 3 cred. Consumer Ed
BE 4350 3 cred. Office Mgmt
ED 4312 3 cred. Teaching w/Technology
IT 2233 3 cred. Network Config
IT 3320 3 cred. Comp. Systems Tech
IT 3325 3 cred. Info Tech & Fund for Tchrs
T&ED 1109 2 cred. Intro Keyboarding
T&ED 2209 2 cred. Advanced Keyboarding
T&ED 2215 3 cred. Business Mathematics
T&ED 4315 3 cred. Business Communications
T&ED 4330 3 cred. Microcomputer Apps
In addition to the core requirements, 24 credit hours plus student teaching is required for teaching certification candidates.
Courses of Study-Technology(Engineering) Education
Composition (6 hours)
Eng 1270 3 cred. Composition I
Eng 1280 3 cred. Composition II
Humanities - (12 hours)
Cmat 1130 3 cred Oral Com for Prof For Lang
Seq 1 3 cred Foreign Lang I For Lang
Seq 2 3 cred Foreign Lang II
ART 2110 3 cred Intro. Non-western art
Natural Sciences – (6 hours) (inc 1 lab crse)
Bio 1070 or 1080 3 cred Bio Sci Survey I Lec/Lab/
Bio Sci Survey II Lec/Lab
Ph Sci 1080 3 cred Critical Thinking Technology
Social Sciences - 9 (hours)
Hist 1300/1310 3cred U.S. History 1607-1876/
    U.S. History since 1877
Pol 1010   Intro Political Science
Psyc 1100 3 cred Intro Psychology
Psyc 2040 3cred Psy Childhood/Adolescence
Mathematics – (6 Hours)
Math 1200 3 cred Coll Alg I
Math 1210 3 cred Coll Alg & Trig
Core Requirements (48 Hours)
IT1121 3 cred Tech Drawing
IT1142 3 cred Graphic Comm
IT1172 3 cred Eng Power Tech
IT2272 3 cred Power & Trans
IT2233 3 cred Network Config I
IT4333 3 cred Network Config II
IT2250 3 cred Manuf Process
ED4312 3 cred Teaching w/Tech
T&ED2291 3 cred Technology & Society
T&ED4330 3 cred Microcomputer App
T&ED4347 3 cred Cyberspace Pub
T&ED4381 3 cred Dist Ed Tech
T&ED4384 3 cred Org & Admin Coop Pgms
T&ED4385 3 cred Supv. Industrial Safety
T&ED4398 3 cred Found Occ Ed
T&ED4452 3 cred Planning & Financing Voc Ed Pgms
Specialization (9 Hours)
Communication (Draft/Graph Arts)
Production (Const/Manuf, Energy Utilization)
(Transportation)
Optional Network Certification Concentration (9 Hours)
IT4334 3 cred Network Practicum I
IT4344 3 cred Network Practicum II BE/IT/TE
Elective 3 cred  
In addition to the core requirements, 24 credit hours plus student teaching is required for teaching certification candidates.
Courses of Study-Family and Consumer Science
Composition (6 Hours)
Eng 1270 3 cred. Composition I
Eng 1280 3 cred. Composition II
Humanities - (9 Hours)
Cmat 1130 3 cred Oral Com for Prof For Lang
Seq 1 3 cred Foreign Lang I For Lang
Seq 2 3 cred Foreign Lang II
Natural Sciences – (11 Hours) (inc 1 lab crse)
Bio 1070 or 1080 3 cred Bio Sci Survey I Lec/Lab/
Bio Sci Survey II Lec/Lab
Ph Sci 1080 3 cred Critical Thinking Technology
Chem 1050 5 cred Intro Organic Chem
Social Sciences – (15 Hours)
Hist 1300/1310 3 cred U.S. History 1607-1876/
U.S. History since 1877/
Psyc 1100 3 cred Intro Psychology
Psyc 2040 3 cred Psy Childhood/Adolescence
Econ 1010 3 cred Macro Economics
Soc 1010 3 cred Intro Sociology
Mathematics – (3 Hours)
Math 1200 3 cred College Algebra I
Core Requirements (42 Hours)
FCS 1150 3 cred Intro Family Science
FCS 2500 3 cred Fib Arts I
Econ 2010 3 cred Money and Banking
H SC2190 3 cred Intro Nutrition
Soc 2250 3cred Intro to Gerontology
Soc 2300 3 cred The Family
Psyc 3300 3 cred Psychology of Parenting
BE 4312 3 cred Consumer Law
BE 4320 3 cred Consumer Ed
T&ED4384 3 cred Org & Admin Coop Ed
T&ED4398 3 cred Hist Voc Ed
T&ED2215 3 cred Business Math
T&ED4330 3 cred Microcomputer App
ED4312 3 cred Teaching w/Tech
Specialization (9 Hours)
(Living Environment, Nutrition/Wellness, Apparel/Textiles)
T&ED3390 9 cred Partnership/Independent Study
In addition to the core requirements, 24 credit hours plus student teaching is required for teaching certification candidates.