This track may interest those who aspire to become a post-secondary administrator or a non-licensed secondary administrator, such as a public school department chairperson or dean of students. Indiana students who plan to pursue the director of career and technical education license will want to take all of the administrative track courses. Additional licensing requirements that might apply are described on the director of career and technical education license web page. Out-of-state students should consult with their state licensing advisor to stay informed of all specific state requirements for this license.

If you see yourself as a postsecondary administrator, you will oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at a university, college, community college, trade school, or technical school. Your responsibilities will depend on the area you wish to administer, which could include admissions, the registrar’s office, student affairs, academic units, or any number of areas.

Those interested in being a public school department chairperson will direct their respective departments. They are charged with implementing school policy and sharing the needs of the department faculty with administration. 

For those interested in serving as a dean of students, you will help resolve discipline problems, maintain disciplinary records, help develop and implement school policy, conduct disciplinary hearings, and supervise programs during and after the school day.

Ball State’s administrative track within the master of arts in career and technical education provides you with a good option, since a master’s degree is often required at most postsecondary schools.

Administrators Needed

As the demand for workers with postsecondary degrees increases in our nation, more administrators will be needed to serve these students. Through 2022, the employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow by 15 percent, faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This track may also interest those who aspire to become a public school department chairperson, dean of students, or other non-licensed administrator. Through 2022, the employment outlook for public school administrators is expected to grow by 6 percent. 

Director of Career and Technical Educational License

Courses in this track may be applied toward a director of career and technical education license for those who are interested in becoming a licensed director of a career center. Please note that licensing requirements vary from state to state and are established by state licensing authorities.

  • EDAD 600 - Introduction to Education Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 631 - Adult and Community Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 685 - Fiscal Management (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 695 - Career/Technical Director Internship (6 credit hours)
  • (6 hours of EDAD 695 are required unless the student previously took an internship for another administrative license, in which case 3 hours may be required pending review.)
  • SPCE 637 - Organization and Administration of Special Education (3 credit hours)

See all program requirements for the master of arts in career and technical education, under which this track is available.