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Master of Science in Education (MSED)

Concentration in Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Revised January 9, 2014

About the Program

The MSED in Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a comprehensive degree designed to meet the professional interests of individuals working in the field of workforce development, including secondary and/or postsecondary career and technical education and technical training in industry.  Students are prepared for leadership roles as teachers, adult instructors, curriculum specialists, career and technical school administrators, and as technical trainers.  The program is the only comprehensive graduate program serving career and technical education in eastern Pennsylvania. 

Program Requirements

The MSED is a 30 credit program with 15 semester hours in core course requirements and 15 semester hours in a program concentration.  Candidates develop program concentrations in cooperation with their advisors.  Each concentration is created by designing “blends” with other College and/or University programs. 

There is no comprehensive written examination required; however, the program does have a capstone course requirement.  The capstone course includes a field-based project and a culminating performance (portfolio) assessment, which is aligned with a candidate’s program concentration.

To remain in good academic standing, a student must not accumulate more than two grades below B- or one F.  To graduate students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and may not have an incomplete on their graduate record.

Students have 4 consecutive years from the semester of acceptance to complete the master’s degree and are expected to be continuously enrolled every fall and spring semester.  A fee of $25.00 is charged by the University for any semester a student is not enrolled and a leave of absence form must be filed.  The semester of a leave of absence counts toward the four year time limit.


The Core (15 semester hours):


Course Title Credits
EDUC 8251 The Reflective Teacher
EDUC 5254 Using Technology to Improve Achievement  
EDUC 8252 Cultural Diversity and Leaning Styles 
EPSY 5529 Tests and Measurement 
EDUC 8289 Capstone Seminar



The Concentration (15 semester hours):

Career and Technical Education in America responds to schooling, economic development, and workforce development issues.  The program, therefore, is designed to assist in the preparation of career and technical educators (e.g., teachers of business, computer, and information technology education; marketing education; industrial education; family and consumer sciences education; health occupations education; curriculum specialists; technical trainers; career and technical central office administrators) in both public and private sectors.  These educators will be capable of instructing, managing, and providing leadership for diverse populations and programs in secondary schools, area career and technical centers, private trade and technical schools, community colleges, and in corporate technical training facilities.  Through an inter-disciplinary approach, emphasis is placed on learning experiences from several fields and functional areas of career and technical education.  Candidates pursue course work related to career enhancement or specialized needs in one of the following concentrations: Comprehensive Career and Technical Education; Business, Computer, and Information Technology Education (BCITE); Marketing Education; Industrial (T&I) Education.  The concentration and related course work is selected in consultation with an advisor, and must be in keeping with stated career goals.    

Career Enhancement Programs can be developed that result in or lead to the following:

  • Leadership Careers (as career and technical supervisors, curriculum specialist, or administrative directors in secondary and post-secondary public and private institutions)
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Industry Education Coordination
  • Technical Training in Business and Industry

Specialization Programs can be developed that result in or lead to the following:

  • Improved instruction in accounting, law, information systems, as well as other content areas
  • Improved instruction in marketing, merchandising, management, retailing, and related content areas
  • Improved instruction in career and technical and related content areas
  • Improved instruction related to special and challenged students in career and technical content areas

Concentration Courses


Course Title Credits
CTE 8507 CTE in Workforce and Economic Development*
CTE 8501 Curriculum Development in CTE* 
Elective To be determined with an advisor
Elective To be determined with an advisor
Elective To be determined with an advisor


* Required for all concentrations

Admission Requirements

Candidates must meet the general admission standards of the College of Education and the Temple University Graduate School.  Multiple criteria are used to determine applicant eligibility including a baseline undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and acceptable scores on either the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  The GRE requirement will be waived if the applicant meets the following conditions: (1) a GPA of 3.0 or higher on all undergraduate or graduate work undertaken prior to applying for the MS in CTE; and (2) a minimum of three years of work experience. In addition, it is expected that those seeking admission will have experience or career goals in the field of workforce development (schooling or technical training).

A completed application will include:

  1. Graduate School Online Application.
  2. An official copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities attended.
  3. A Statement of Professional Plans and Goals. In the Statement of Goals, applicants should indicate their goals and objectives for obtaining a master's degree. The statement should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple’s program; your future career goals; any job-related experiences that are relevant to the program; and your academic and research achievements and interests.
  4. Two (2) professional letters of recommendation [pdf] are required. Letters of recommendation should be obtained from those who can provide insight into the applicant's academic competence, at least one of which should be authored by a superordinate/supervisor.
  5. A professional resume. Evidence of either a PA teaching certification or of at least two years of successful practice in an educational setting that does not require State certification are required.

Submitting Your Materials:

See the Application Checklist for complete details on how to submit your application materials. Required supplemental materials should be sent attention to:

Graduate Programs Office
Attention Application Processing
Temple University - College of Education
150 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

Please allow delivery and processing time before your application will be reviewed. For faster service, the College of Education at Temple University also receives supporting application materials for graduate admissions electronically via the Interfolio service.

We encourage applicants to periodically check TUPortal ( as to the status of their materials.

Application Deadline:

The formal application for admission to the graduate school should be submitted no later than the end of the second course. For formal admission into the program, a completed application, including all required supplemental materials must be post-marked no later than:

  • For Fall admission: April 1
  • For Spring admission: October 1

Completed applications received by the deadline are guaranteed a decision for the upcoming term. Applications received after the stated deadlines will be reviewed on a space available basis. Once an application is complete and all required materials have been received, students can expect to receive a decision within 30 days (excluding summer)

With the permission of the department or program, a maximum of 9 credits of course work may be taken at Temple University towards degree requirements prior to matriculation.  Six (6) graduate credits may be transferred into the program from another University provided they are current within 5 years, fit into the program requirements, and meet the approval of the faculty advisor.  Applications can be completed on-line on the Temple University Graduate School home page.


Robert W. Clark, PhD.
Executive Director
Center for Professional Development in Career & Technical Education


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