Program Overview

Today’s world is dependent on technology. Children are growing up in a society where rapid technological development is the norm.  They need smart, able teachers to guide them so they can understand, use and develop the technology of the future. If you are talented with technology and are good at teaching others, this major may be the right choice for you.

In addition to preparing you to teach a variety of topics about technology in junior and senior high school settings, the Technology Education program also provides a rich background in training and technology that can be applied to careers in business and industry. Combining general and professional teacher education courses with the study of concepts and skills native to timeless, as well as cutting edge technologies, is a distinguishing feature of this program.

Preparing for UW-Stout

If you are considering the Technology Education program, be sure to develop skills in writing, math and science. It is also helpful to have some technical background in the areas of materials, energy and power, and communication.  An understanding of computer applications is a plus.

Starting Out

In your first year as a Technology Education student, you’ll balance general education, professional education and technical laboratory opportunities.  General education courses include English composition, speech, psychology, sociology and math. You’ll also take an orientation course in the professional studies sequence to help you plan your program. Although you will be assigned a faculty adviser for assistance with program planning, additional help is available from the Advisement and Career Center, the Counseling Center, and Career Services.

A technical college transfer option is available for students enrolling in the technology education program who have completed a diploma or associate degree in a relevant technical field (e.g., automotive technology, electronics, technology, tool and die, and the like).

As You Progress

Your schedule will continue to include liberal studies as you advance, but more emphasis is placed on technical and professional courses. Through technical laboratory coursework, you will gain the versatility in content and skills you need to teach in public schools. In fact, you will also participate in several student teaching opportunities.

Entry Positions

Most of our graduates find jobs teaching industry and technology based subjects at the junior or senior high school level. Some graduates who have industrial experience are hired as instructors in various vocational/technical school programs. Because of the technical expertise of our graduates, others find employment in business and industry. The average starting salary of 2015–2016 graduates was $48,000. These contracts are for an academic school year and do not usually include the summer months.



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