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Career & Technical Education

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Career-focused, technical education is making a comeback: More than half of U.S. high school graduates believe they can find success with an education program that takes three years or less.* That’s why we need a new kind of educator — one who has mastered their trade through experience and knows how to pass that mastery on to the next generation of workers.

Athens State University’s online MEd in Career and Technical Education can transform you into the educator our workforce needs, equipping you with the technical, leadership, and training skills to pass your knowledge on to the next generation of professionals.

Rather than spend unnecessary time on the traditional learning theory taught in programs focused on K-12 teaching, our MEd in Career and Technical Education shows you how to specifically train adult learners in technical and hands-on jobs.

We’ll show you how to make the most of instructional technologies so you can craft engaging experiences for your students that ensure they develop the skills they need. Plus, our flexible online courses make it easy for you to earn your degree as you work, and there’s no GRE requirement.

Passionate prospective educators like you come to Athens State’s MEd in Career and Technical Education program because we know how to transform you from an experienced professional to an unforgettable technical teacher. How will you put your degree to work training America’s future workforce? We can’t wait to find out.

*according to data from a 2021 ECMC Group report on Gen Z education

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What You’ll Learn in the MEd in Career and Technical Education Program

Our online MEd in Career and Technical Education is not a typical teaching degree. It’s a practical, technical degree that will arm you with the research-backed strategies to train adult learners for technical careers. Throughout the 30-credit program, you’ll:

  • Master training and development strategies geared toward adult learners
  • Leverage the latest instructional technology to be a more effective educator
  • Learn to conduct training analyses and make data-informed decisions
  • Gain the advanced education that will boost your resume and give you an opportunity to move up in your career and grow your earning potential

please note: while this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement.

Launch Your Technical Education Career

As the resurgence of career-focused, technical education continues, the need for new educators will grow. That’s why the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 5% growth in jobs within career and technical-focused education between 2020 and 2030. With an MEd in Career and Technical Education, you may be able to land jobs such as:

Corporate Trainer
Median Annual Salary: About $57,000

Career Counselor
Median Annual Salary: About $47,100

Workforce Development Manager
Median Annual Salary: About $67,900

Training Instructor
Median Annual Salary: About $60,200

Adult Educator
Median Annual Salary: About $46,900

*salary figures provided by payscale


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