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.

 

Will I have to complete all my general education courses before I can take technical courses?

Absolutely not. In fact, we do not allow students to do that. Throughout your career at Stout, we encourage you to take general education, professional education, and technical education classes at the same time. We want every student at Stout to have a balance between theory and practice.

What are my job prospects once I complete this program?

We have, for the most part, a very mature teaching force, which is looking forward to retirement in the very near future. The demand for new teachers definitely exceeds the supply. We have a current crisis at this time, and in the next four years it will become even worse. The majority of our graduates have several interviews and multiple offers, and generally have a choice between several teaching positions. For the last five years, we have placed 100% of our graduates without any difficulties.

What kind of salary can I look forward to when I finish the program?

The starting salaries of 2009-2010 graduates ranged from $32,000 to $46,000 for nine months. The average beginning salary is about $30,000. The average salary for an Engineering Technology graduate is $38,000 annually. However, as a Technology Educator, you'll have June, July and August to further your education, engage in entrepreneurial activities, work for industry and vacation. Furthermore, most of the program's graduates have extracurricular positions, like advising TECA organizations or coaching athletics, which provide additional income.

How large is the Technology Education program and what types of people are in the major?

Our Technology Education program is one of the largest, if not the largest, in the nation, with approximately 400 students enrolled. The students represent a very diverse population: students who have recently left the military, students who are also pursuing athletic interests, non-traditional students who are exploring a career change, as well as new freshmen who have just finished their high school education. Whatever experiences you have had, there are students at Stout and in Technology Education who have a similar background.

Can this degree be completed in four years?

It is our mission to help you achieve this goal!

Suppose at the end of my career at Stout, I decide that I do not want to teach. What are my career options then?

Most of the students who enroll in this program with a desire to teach ultimately end up teaching. However, occasionally some graduates decide to pursue a career in industry. Many industries view our graduates as having experience learning technical skills, but without any preconceived notions. Businesses are likely to hire our graduates as trainers, supervisors and sales people, because our graduates work well with other people and also have an understanding of technical matters.

As a freshman how many credits do I have to take in order to finish the program in four years?

In the interest of helping students make the transition to university life, freshmen usually take fourteen or fifteen credits. With this modest load for the first year, you won’t have any difficulties completing the program in four years without having to attend summer classes.

Will all of my learning experiences be from a textbook and lectures?

You’ll have many opportunities for hands-on learning at Stout and during your student teaching experience. You’ll study a wide range of subjects with hands-on laboratory experiences. Using the Internet, performing electronics labs and participating in teleconferences are examples of other activities that you’ll experience as a Technology Education student.

What about student teaching?

In order to be certified to teach Technology Education, all students must complete one semester of student teaching.


For answers to questions not addressed here, contact the program director at the address, telephone, or e-mail address listed on the Contact Information page.