Program Overview

The Doctor of Education in Career and Technical Education (Ed.D. CTE) prepares leaders who will provide vision, direction, leadership and the day-to-day management of educational activities in high schools, technical colleges, and other postsecondary settings. They may also choose to lead in secondary divisions of career and technical education; or vocational education as it is termed in some states.

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Program Competencies

Students enrolling in this program should have experience as instructors, faculty, staff or leaders within the career and technical education field. The Ed.D. CTE curriculum will further prepare them to set educational standards and establish the policies and procedures to achieve goals and to maximize student learning.

Students will acquire competencies to enable them to:

  • Develop academic programs that meet the need of the workforce
  • Provide leadership at the program, unit and institutional levels
  • Manage institutional operations
  • Engage the community and establish relationships with key stakeholders

Executive Delivery

This program is a year around cohort-based, hybrid delivery model. Students take two courses per academic semester.  Summer and Winter courses are also required. Every semester includes one online and one blended delivery course. The blended course includes online learning with two on-campus weekend seminars (Friday and Saturday). This executive delivery model has proven highly effective for the working professional.

Did You Know…

that the Ed.D. doctoral program has an applied research focus as opposed to the more theoretical and philosophical focus of the Ph.D.? Through applied academics we aim to shape the current and future systems, affect their vision, purpose and design. We do this through applied research, strategic planning and mindful leadership.


From the CTE Graduate Students:

Brian Bartel"My UW-Stout CTE graduate education has enhanced my credibility to my students and peers."

Brian Bartel
CTE Graduate Student
Business Management and Economics Instructor,
Mid-State Technical College


Urs HaltinnerUrs Haltinner
Program Director


Annual Cohort Acceptance

A new Ed.D. CTE cohort is enrolled and launched each fall. Applications for fall cohorts are accepted beginning September 1 of the previous year. Priority review of applications begins on March 15 of the cohort launch year. Applications received after that date will be reviewed by May 15 of the cohort launch year, with applications accepted until the cohort is full. 

USDLA Certification

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UW-Stout is proud to be the first university in Wisconsin to be certified for excellence in distance education practices.

Ed.D. Student Handbook
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 University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education

The University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education is a nonprofit organization representing the nation's leading universities. The Council provides leadership for teaching, research, and service initiatives in career and technical education and human resource development. Learn more online.