Master of Science in Career and Technical Education


$550 Per Credit

UW-Stout’s Master of Science degree in Career and Technical Education is for educators and industry professionals interested in gaining leadership skills and advancing their careers. This program is designed for working adults, and can be completed in as little as two years. People who complete this degree work in career and technical education at the secondary and postsecondary levels, in industry, or in workforce education agencies.

Program Description

This program provides an opportunity for learners to build a solid knowledge base that supports further discipline-specific understanding and the development of leadership skills. People who complete this degree are working in leadership positions within education and business and industry.


  • Teaching: For CTE teachers who want to advance their skills or gain the skills needed for adult-learner instruction.
    Administration: For individuals looking to more into CTE leadership roles in higher education or other organizations working with adult learners.
  • Marketing & Business Education: For K-12 teachers seeking to grow as marketing or business educators.
  • CTE Coordinator/Director of Instruction: For individuals with a Wisconsin Tier 2 or equivalent license seeking to be a preK-12 school leader with an emphasis in career and technical education. This concentration leads to Wisconsin DPI licensure for CTE Coordinator and Director of Instruction administrative licenses.

Career Opportunities

With an increasingly competitive job market, the benefits of a master’s degree can help you stand out and show your value as an employee. While it may seem daunting to become a student again, flexible delivery options and credit for experience make it easier than ever to earn an advanced degree.

Benefits of earning your advanced degree can be:

  • Career Advancement – A master’s degree can make it easier to transition to more senior positions and may even be required for certain jobs and promotions.
  • Increased Earning Potential – On average, employees with a bachelor’s degree earn $50,360 per year, while those with a master’s degree earn a median annual income of $68,064.
  • Thirst for Knowledge – A masters degree can build on your current abilities, as well as help you gain new up-to-date skill sets or transition into a different field.
  • Networking – Even if you take classes online, building relationships with your classmates and instructors can expand your professional network.


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


To be admitted with full status to the program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have earned an overall GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Program Application

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

  • Goal Statement which demonstrates that your career goals align with the objectives of the program. Also state the concentration you plan to pursue: teaching, administration, or CTE Coordinator/Director of Instruction.
  • Current resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a current supervisor, indicating characteristics and experience that make you a good candidate for the program.

For the CTE Coordinator/Director of Instruction concentration only, the following additional steps are required:

  • Include a copy of a current or previous teaching license with application materials submitted to the Graduate School.
  • Complete a National Background Check.
  • Please submit all materials by email to Beth Kucko, Graduate School Admissions Examiner at

A deficiency in these requirements does not preclude admission but may involve additional steps to obtain full admission to the program.

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