Doctor of Education in Career and Technical Education Leadership


$761 Per Credit

UW-Stout’s Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Career and Technical Education Leadership prepares you for a leadership role in secondary and postsecondary education. Our program builds upon your professional experiences to help you develop the vision, strategy and administrative qualities essential to managing and leading institutions of workforce education, including secondary divisions of career and technical education and vocational education.

Program Description

As opposed to the more theoretical and philosophical focus of the Ph.D., the Ed.D. doctoral program has an applied research focus. Through applied academics, you will learn to shape the current and future systems, affect their vision, purpose and design. You will accomplish this through applied research, strategic planning and mindful leadership.

Once enrolled in the Ed.D. Career and Technical Education Leadership program, you will progress through the educational experience as part of an executive cohort. Cohorts range in size from 12-18 students, with an average student age of approximately 39 years.

Our program design has proven to be a collaborative community that works. Evidence of this is a high retention rate, student collegiality via a solid peer support system, and knowing program faculty in a face to face and online way. Together, the cohort supports you in making consistent progress through to your dissertation defense.

Career Opportunities

The Ed.D is the terminal degree for those seeking to lead, administer, and manage educational institutions and programs.

Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Career & Technical Education Leadership Graduates:

  • Effectively lead educational institutions with continual improvement processes
  • Engage with business and industry entities and establish key relationships
  • Use, analyze, and synthesize data for program planning and decision making
  • Develop faculty and staff to be leaders in their respective fields


General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements


The Ideal Candidate: Students enrolling in this program should have experience as instructors, faculty, staff or leaders within CTE and/or workforce education, including public and private training, human resource development and support services.

Program Application

To successfully apply to the program, please submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vita/Resume
  • Letter of Application
  • Fit and Personal Commitment
  • State your personal and professional goals, how you align with The Ideal Candidate Statement (see above). Why/how is this degree is a good fit for you?
  • Address commitment to the cohort: How will you adjust your schedule to allow for three years of cohort doctoral program study?
  • Address your ability to work collaboratively and contribute positively in a cohort environment. Describe what positive collaboration means to you; illustrate through evidence of past experiences.
  • 800-1,000 Word Essay Writing Sample
  • Identify and discuss a problem, opportunity, idea, trend or practice within the scope of Career & Technical Education/Workforce Development. Articulate a point of view and support it with evidence.
  • Conform to current APA format.
  • Two Letters of Reference

One letter should be from a current or former supervisor.

Please submit all materials by email to Shannen Jochim, Student Services Coordinator at

Application Deadlines

Ed.D. CTEL cohorts begin every fall semester. Applications are accepted starting on August 1 and remain open until the cohort is full.

Non-Degree Seeking Students
Applicants who desire to begin doctoral coursework in a spring semester may elect to take courses that apply to the Ed.D. CTEL elective curriculum (700 level or above) portion of the program. Applicants choosing this path will enter as a non-degree seeking Ed.D. CTEL students; meaning they are taking coursework, but are not officially admitted to the program. In March of the spring semester, the non-degree seeking students will need to apply to the Ed.D. CTEL program with the intent, if program admission is granted, for those credits to transfer into their program plan.

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