UW-Stout’s Doctorate of Education in Career and Technical Education Leadership (Ed.D. CTEL) prepares you for a leadership role in secondary and postsecondary education. Our program builds upon your professional experiences to develop the vision, strategy and administrative qualities essential to educational management including secondary divisions of career and technical education and vocational education.
- Course delivery includes online and scheduled synchronous webinar-seminars
- Earn a degree in three years, while working full-time
- Financial aid can include student loans, scholarships, and graduate assistantships
- Applications accepted and reviewed annually each spring
Applied Research Focus
As opposed to the more theoretical and philosophical focus of the Ph.D., the Ed.D. doctoral program has an applied research focus. Through applied academics, you will learn to shape the current and future systems, affect their vision, purpose and design. You will accomplish this through applied research, strategic planning and mindful leadership.
As an Ed.D. CTEL graduate you will be able to:
- Effectively lead educational institutions with continual improvement processes
- Engage with business and industry entities and establish key relationships
- Use, analyze, and synthesize data for program planning and decision making
- Develop faculty and staff to be leaders in their respective fields
“This program leveraged my industry experience and inspired me to apply it to career and technical education leadership. I earned my doctorate in three-and-a-half years, and had a tenure-track faculty position before I graduated. This program and its outstanding faculty changed my life.”
2018 Graduate; Alliance Cohort
Once enrolled in the Ed.D. Career and Technical Education Leadership program, you will progress through the educational experience as part of an executive cohort. Cohorts range in size from 12-18 students, with an average student age of approximately 39 years.
Our program design has proven to be a collaborative community that works. Evidence of this is a high retention rate, student collegiality via a solid peer support system, and knowing program faculty in a face to face and online way. Together, the cohort supports you in making consistent progress through to your dissertation defense.
"The Doctor of Education in Career & Technical Education Leadership at UW Stout allows students to bring their professional expertise to classroom discussions and activities. Our cohort group continues to benchmark after graduation with several of us contacting each other for advice on professional matters."E.J. Daigle - Alliance Cohort 2018
Dean - Robotics & Manufacturing
Dunwoody College of Technology
Program Design and Delivery
The Cohort Model: (Cohort: Program students collectively onboard their doctoral journey, progress through an intentional sequence of courses, advance through their prelim, dissertation research, dissertation defense, and graduate together) yields exceptional doctoral degree completion.
Program Course Delivery: Within the Ed.D. in CTEL program, online coursework is blended with webinar-seminars (online synchronous seminars) in key courses (19 Credits) while 21 credits are asynchronous online. Eight credits of electives may be taken via the delivery method of the student’s choice, and 12 Credits of dissertation research are completed independently, away from campus, and mentored by the dissertation advisor. All seminars are designed on the premise that synchronous online experiences foster deeper learning and connection across cohort members; thereby, supporting the collective and individual cohort members personally and professionally along the learning journey.
The Webinar-Seminar Experience: The CTE-L Doctoral program leverages online learning with three synchronous online Webinar-Seminars each semester along with two synchronous Webinar-Seminar in the summer session. The program's cohort design has proven to be a collaborative community that works. Evidence of this is a high retention rate and student collegiality via a solid peer support system. Together, we support you in making consistent progress through your dissertation defense.
*Seminars are part of select courses, 2 per semester and 1 per summer term.
**Dates are selected in a manner to accommodate common professional conferences and holidays
Schedule and Courses Associated with Webinar-Seminars >>
For more information on course sequence, program goals and student expectations, download the Ed.D. CTEL Student Handbook
Tuition & Fees
Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:
- Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
- There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
- Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.
Value for Your Money
There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:
- Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
- Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
- Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
- Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
- Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.
Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.
Why an Ed.D vs. Ph.D. in CTEL
The EdD (Doctor of Education) is focused on education practitioners and leaders aiming to identify and solve complex problems in education. In comparison, a Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy) aims to prepare scholars and professional researchers contributing to new knowledge. The pragmatic Ed.D focuses on developing thoughtful and responsive leaders through advanced knowledge and practice contribution.
The Ed.D is the terminal degree for those seeking to lead, administer, and manage educational institutions and programs. Its courses are thematic, reflective, and applicable to the field of practice in Career and Technical Education Leadership. Research spans the breadth of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Research outcome embrace theory to drive knowledge and practice in the Career and Technical Education Leadership. The dissertation results in data-informed findings, discussion, and recommendations intent on decision-making and advancement for influencing practice in the field.
General UW-Stout Graduate School Application
All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:
Program-Specific Admission Requirements
The Ideal Candidate: Students enrolling in this program should have experience as instructors, faculty, staff or leaders within CTE and/or workforce education, including public and private training, human resource development and support services.
To successfully apply to the program, please submit the following:
- Curriculum Vita/Resume
- Letter of Application
- Fit and Personal Commitment
- State your personal and professional goals, how you align with The Ideal Candidate Statement (see above). Why/how is this degree is a good fit for you?
- Address commitment to the cohort: How will you adjust your schedule to allow for three years of cohort doctoral program study?
- Address your ability to work collaboratively and contribute positively in a cohort environment. Describe what positive collaboration means to you; illustrate through evidence of past experiences.
- 800-1,000 Word Essay Writing Sample
- Identify and discuss a problem, opportunity, idea, trend or practice within the scope of Career & Technical Education/Workforce Development. Articulate a point of view and support it with evidence.
- Conform to current APA format.
- Two Letters of Reference
- One letter should be from a current or former supervisor.
Please submit all materials by email to Shannen Jochim, Student Services Coordinator at email@example.com.
Ed.D. CTEL cohorts begin every fall semester. Applications are accepted starting on September 1 and remain open until the cohort is full.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Applicants who desire to begin doctoral coursework in a spring semester may elect to take courses that apply to the Ed.D. CTEL elective curriculum (700 level or above) portion of the program. Applicants choosing this path will enter as a non-degree seeking Ed.D. CTEL students; meaning they are taking coursework, but are not officially admitted to the program. In March of the spring semester, the non-degree seeking students will need to apply to the Ed.D. CTEL program with the intent, if program admission is granted, for those credits to transfer into their program plan.
History of career, technical, work and human resource education
The University of Wisconsin-Stout is steeped within a history of career, technical, work and human resource education and training. UW-Stout is home to the most comprehensive array of Career and Technical Education Leadership (CTEL) baccalaureate through doctoral degree programs in the country.
In addition to the Doctorate in Career, Technical Education and Training, our other CTEL programs include the B.S. in Career, Technical Education and Training (CTET) and the Masters of Science in Career, Technical Education and Training with a focus on professional advancement in practice and leadership.
UW-Stout also offers distinct secondary-level CTEL subject area teacher licenser programs at the baccalaureate level in Marketing and Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Technology Education.
2021-2022 Ed.D. CTEL Advisory Committee
|Nancy||Chapko||Gateway TC||Instructional Designer|
|Rose||Cibulka||WITC||Associate Dean, New Richmond Region|
|Josh||Gamer||Western Technical College||Dean of Integrated Technologies|
|Jennifer||Hendryx||Moraine Park||Curriculum Coordinator|
|Roxane||Herricks||Authenticom, Inc.||Vice President of HR|
|Richard||Joerger||Emeriti Faculty University of MN|
|Shelly||Mondeik||Mid State Technical College||President|
|Bradon||Napoli||(EdD Student Rep)|
|Michael||Selover||Sauk Valley Community College||Agriculture and Mathematics Faulty|
|Meridith||Wentz||UW-Stout||Assistant Chancellor of Planning, Assessment & Research|