Erika Tuke
 "I think CTE education is moving toward enhancing 21st century learning skills—pushing problem- and project-based learning. My experience at Ball State only reinforced this philosophy." -- Erica Tuke, 3D Animation/Engineering Teacher, Highland Park, IL. Read her story.

If you have a teaching license and would like to become a CTE teacher, you will need documented occupational experience in the area you wish to teach. The number of documented occupational experience hours required will vary depending on the state. You may be able to add a CTE license through Ball State’s CTE teacher track within the master of arts in career and technical education. Please note that licensing requirements vary from state to state and are established by state licensing authorities.

Career and technical education teachers typically teach in occupational areas such as computers, graphics, radio and television, health occupations, cosmetology, machining, welding, police, fire and safety, vehicle service, and construction. Most CTE teachers enter the classrooms of public schools, including middle and high schools, as well as community colleges. Others teach in technical, trade, and business schools.

Career Outlook

To replace teachers who are retiring, the need for career and technical education teachers is expected to grow 9 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • All 6 professional core classes
  • TEDU 550 - Career and Technical Student Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • TEDU 552 - Strategies and Materials for Career and Technical Related Content (3 credit hours) (Not for students with credit in TEDU 691)*
  • TEDU 568 - Principles and Philosophy of Career and Technical Education (3 credit hours) (Not for students with credit in TEDU 690)*
  • TEDU 569 - Organization and Coordination of Career and Technical Education (3 credit hours)
  • TEDU 696 - Coordinating and Conducting Cooperative Education Programs (Previous Title: Techniques in Coordinating Cooperative Education) (3 credit hours) 
  • TMFG 560 - Occupational Safety and Health (3 credit hours)

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