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Master of Arts in Career and Technical Education


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Request a video featuring an interview about our master’s in career and technical education with CTE Program Director and Advisor Edward Lazaros. The video link will be sent to your e-mail immediately.

Affordable, Quality DegreeBest Buy: Online Masters in Education Degree
The consumer advocacy group ranked this degree the nation's 11th "Best Buy" among U.S. online master's in education degrees for its high quality and affordability.

Ball State's master of arts program in career and technical education (CTE) can help you become an effective educator and professional leader. 

It is a particularly good choice for those with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in career and technical education (CTE) (formerly known as vocational education).  

Many Options to Meet Your Career Goals
This 30-hour, online degree program, which does not require a thesis, offers the following tracks:  

  • Community College Faculty and Industrial Trainers Track for current community college faculty, industrial trainers, or individuals who aspire to attain such positions
  • Administrative Track for current college administrators, public school department chairs, other non-licensed administrators, or individuals who aspire to attain such positions 
  • CTE Teacher Track for current teachers who have already earned a bachelor's degree in any area and who wish to add a CTE area to a license. Licensing requirements are state-specific. You will need to check with your state license office to determine if our courses meet your state's requirements.
  • Curriculum Track for current directors of curriculum and professional development, curriculum managers, or individuals who aspire to attain such positions 
  • Research Track for current researchers in education, private business and industry, or individuals who wish to pursue doctoral studies 
  • Customizable Track for individuals who have specific personal, professional, or career objectives relating to career and technical education, we can help design a track to meet your need

Benefits of a Master's in CTE from Ball State:

  • Quality: The quality of our students' learning is enhanced by small classes led by innovators in online education from Ball State's Department of Technology. Plus, you will have plenty of direct contact with your professors throughout the program. 
  • Accredited: Ball State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 
  • Convenience and Flexibility: Our 30-hour master's degree offers you the flexibility and convenience of 100 percent online education. Plus, the wide range of track options makes our program flexible enough to fit your individual career goals.
  • Value: Not only do we offer a quality educational experience, but we are an affordable option. Compare our tuition with others. 
  • Applicable: Our program isn't just about theory, you will be learning skills and knowledge applicable to your work.
  • Achievable: Our program is 30 credit hours and does not require a thesis.

Next Steps
Learn more about admission requirements and what courses you will take, or request more information.

Key Program Contacts:

  • Program Director and Academic Advisor
    Edward Lazaros, PhD
    Department of Technology 

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator
    Samuel Cotton, PhD
    Department of Technology

  • Director of Online Education
    Jim Flowers, PhD
    Department of Technology

While the degree does not include teacher licensure, it may still help you meet your particular licensing needs within your state. Please consult your state/provincial teacher licensing office as needed. 

Courses in this program may be applied toward a director of career and technical education license.

Online and Distance Education
David Letterman Communication and Media Building (LB), Room 131
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
Fax: 765-285-7161
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