Course work for this track option in the MA in career and technical education covers introductory legal elements and an introduction to examining finances to help build your leadership skills. This track also provides an examination of managing human capital and a survey of marketing.

Courses You Will Take

In addition to the six professional core courses and the required research course, TEDU 699 Research in Technical Education, you will take the following three courses:

  • ACC 501 Financial Accounting (3 credit hours) Synchronous Online Course Fall Only
    Explores fundamental issues in financial accounting and external reporting from a manager’s perspective. Develops skills necessary to interpret financial information.
  • MGT 500 Managing Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours) Synchronous Online Course Spring Only
    Examines theoretical and practical foundations of managing organizational behavior. Discusses functions of management, principles of individual and group behavior, human resource management/law, special issues of managing behavior in organizations, including quality of work-life, and ethical and social responsibility.
  • MKG 505 Survey of Marketing (3 credit hours) Synchronous Online Course Spring Only
    A survey of marketing that reflects the social, economic, and international challenges facing marketing managers. Examines the roles of marketing in both society and business.

Follow This Track to a Leadership Role

This track may benefit individuals with expertise in a specific technology occupational area and who want to transition into the following types of leadership roles:

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Computer and information systems managers are responsible for an organization’s computer-related activities. They help determine an organization’s information technology goals and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The need for computer and information systems managers will grow as firms increasingly expand their business to digital platforms.

Similar occupations include:

  • Application Development Directors
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Computer Operations Managers
  • Computer Security Managers
  • Data Operations Directors
  • Data Processing Managers
  • Information Systems Directors
  • Information Systems Managers
  • Information Technology Directors
  • Information Technology Systems Directors
  • Internet Technology Managers
  • IT Directors
  • IT Security Managers

Industrial Production Managers

Industrial production managers supervise the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the work of creating a wide range of goods, such as computer equipment, automobiles, or paper products.

Job Outlook

Job outlook will depend on industries in which you are employed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Similar occupations include:

  • Industrial Managers
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • Manufacturing Director
  • Plant Chief
  • Plant Control Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Plant Production Manager
  • Plant Superintendent
  • Production Manager

Administrative Services Managers

Administrative services managers plan, direct, and organize the supportive services of their organization. An administrative service manager’s specific responsibilities may vary. But typically they maintain facilities and supervise activities that include recordkeeping, mail distribution, and office upkeep.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for administrative services managers is projected to grow 8 percent through 2024, as fast as the average for all occupations. The responsibilities of managing facilities and being prepared for emergencies will remain important in a wide range of industries.

Similar occupations include:

  • Administrative Director
  • Administrative Manager
  • Administrative Officer
  • Administrative Service Manager
  • Business Unit Manager
  • Director of Operations
  • Facilities Manager
  • General Manager
  • Industrial Property Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Records and Information Manager
  • Records Management Director

Executives

Top executives formulate strategies and policies to make certain that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for top executives is projected to grow 6 percent from through 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand will vary by industry and is largely dependent on the rate of industry growth. Top executives should face strong competition, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Similar occupations include:

  • Technology officer
  • Information officer
  • Director
  • General Operations Manager

Sales Manager

In addition to managing their organizations' sales teams, sales managers set sales goals, analyze data, and develop training programs for the sales representatives.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for sales managers is expected to grow 5 percent through 2024, about as fast as average for all occupations. Employment growth for sales managers will depend mainly on the growth in the industries that employ them.

Similar occupations include:

  • District sales manager
  • E-commerce director
  • Regional sales manager
  • Sales account manager
  • Sales coordinator
  • Sales director
  • Sales executive
  • Territory sales manager

Training and Development Managers

Training and development managers plan and administer programs to broaden the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees. They also manage a team of training and development specialists.

Job Outlook

The demand for training and development managers is expected to grow 7 percent through 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects should be favorable, particularly in industries with a lot of regulation, such as finance and insurance.

Similar occupations include:

  • Workforce development director
  • Development manager
  • E-learning manager
  • Education and training manager
  • Employee development director
  • Employee development manager
  • Job training coordinator
  • Job training specialist
  • Labor training manager
  • Skills training coordinator
  • Training and development manager
  • Training manager
  • Workforce development director

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