Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations! By visiting our webpage, you are taking positive steps toward a brighter future. Many students like you have wondered how the program can help them create the career they've always wanted. We've compiled some of our most Frequently Asked Questions so you can find out a little more about our program, to see if it's right for you.

Can I get a degree in Marketing and Business Education at UW-Stout?

You can apply for admission to UW-Stout's Marketing and Business Education program (MBE). This degree allows its graduates to pursue careers as middle school, high school or technical college marketing and business teachers. Many program graduates enter the exciting field of business and industry. More than 98 percent of the program's graduates also earn a minor in Business Administration.

What's the difference between Marketing and Business Education and Business Administration?

The main difference is that the MBE degree provides professional preparation to teach the disciplines of marketing and business within school settings. The Business Administration degree prepares students in the broad field of business and industry. While a business administration degree provides access to a wide range of professional business and industry occupations, it does not allow you to move into teaching the dynamic knowledge and skills within the K-12 public education system without adding the MBE degree.

Upon graduating with a degree in Marketing and Business Education, am I limited to seeking employment in teaching?

No. On the average, about 50 percent of MBE graduates accept teaching positions immediately following commencement. Another 50 percent accept positions in business and industry. Often, after working in business for several years, MBE program graduates seek employment in education.

What types of education positions do graduates seek?

Most become middle and high school marketing and/or business teachers. Many earn advanced/graduate degrees in career and technical education (CTE), business, training and development or school administration. A number of graduates have moved up the career ladder and are working as guidance counselors, school-to-work coordinators, principals, district administrators, college professors and technical college instructors and administrators.

Will I be certified to teach in other states?

Yes, graduates of the program are teaching in high schools, technical and community colleges, and four-year universities throughout the United States and even in other countries.

What other teaching minors are available at UW-Stout?

Teaching minors at UW-Stout include Coaching, Economics, Health and Fitness Education, History, Mathematics, Speech Communication and Traffic Safety Education (Driver's Education).

Under the "Four Year Graduation Agreement," what type of certification can I receive?

The Four Year Graduation Agreement leads to the Marketing Education teaching certification only.

What is MBEA?

UW-Stout's MBEA chapter serves as the MBE program's professional networking entity. It serves all MBE program students and welcomes business and marketing curious/focused UW-Stout students. The organization has state and national affiliations with DECA and FBLA-PBL.

The chapter aims to provide members with professional experiences through a wide array of activities including social functions, professional development conferences, civic activities such as adopt-a-highway, and other local, state and national functions. Its premise is to transition program graduates into their future roles as thoughtful and competent DECA, FBLA and BPA chapter advisors.

The MBEA Chapter is responsible for an annual District I DECA Career Development Conference, serving over 800 high school students and bringing more than 130 business professionals on campus as judges for the event. Also, the chapter annually co-facilitates the MN District II conference in Minnesota serving over 500 Minnesota high school students. In addition, its members provide assistance to FBLA and BPA chapters, events, and conferences annually.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

With proper planning and by following the program guidelines, a student can complete the marketing and business education program in a four-year, eight-semester sequence. By selecting additional minors, specializations, internships or study-abroad programs, an additional semester or two may be necessary.

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