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Career & Technical Education

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What is career and technical education?

This major has two distinct options: the certification option for students interested in secondary career and technical education and the non-certification option for students interested in adult and technical education.

Why career and technical education at OSU?

This program is the only of its kind in the state of Oklahoma leading to certification. Its delivery format and curriculum are designed to be flexible and collaborative, especially for adult learners or non-traditional students. Students receive quality instruction by faculty who have extensive industry experience within their field.

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 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. This option meets requirements for the standard career and technical teaching certification.

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. This option is designed for graduates of career and technical programs in technical institutes and community colleges. Advanced standing credit for industry experience and credentials is available. 

Career & Technical Education Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education, Certification Option

Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education, Non-Certification option

Master of Science in Teaching, Learning and Leadership: Workforce and Adult Education


Dr. Starla Halcomb / Clinical Assistant Professor / Career & Technical Education
405-744-9196 / / 258 Willard Hall

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.