M.S. Career and Technical Education

Are you interested in advancing your career and gaining leadership skills in career, technical, and workforce education?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers and Salary Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online

UW-Stout's Master of Science degree is for educators and industry professionals interested in gaining leadership skills and advancing their careers. This program is designed for working adults, and can be completed in as little as two years. People who complete this degree work in career and technical education at the secondary and postsecondary levels, in industry, or in workforce education agencies.

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Program Highlights

  • Includes asynchronous and synchronous online delivery; customized hybrid options may be available
  • Financial aid can include student loans, scholarships, and graduate assistantships
  • Earn the degree in as little as two years, while working full-time

Student Highlight: John Sobota

Taking my master's program online allows flexibility in my schedule. I appreciate the ability to work full-time and still be able to work toward my degree!
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  • Flexible curriculum can be customized to suit your career goals
  • Focus on the development of leadership skills
  • Learn to develop and coordinate curriculum and programs

This flexible program requires a minimum of 30 credits for completion. Individual programs are planned jointly by the student and the program director to emphasize both theory and application. Skills, knowledge, and aptitudes required to achieve the student's individual career goals are matched with graduate-level learning experiences. 

Admissions Requirements

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


To be admitted with full status to the program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have earned an overall GPA of at least 2.75.

Program Application

To successfully apply to the program, please submit the following:

  • A Goal Statement which demonstrates that your career goals align with the objectives of the program.
  • A current resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a current supervisor, indicating characteristics and experience that make you a good candidate for the program.

Please submit all materials by email to Beth Uetz, Graduate School Admissions Examiner at uetzb@uwstout.edu.

A deficiency in these requirements does not preclude admission but may involve additional steps to obtain full admission to the program.


“The completion of my degree has affected me in several ways. As a returning adult student, it was a personal accomplishment. I am more confident in my ability to perform in the classroom as well as being an example to others of lifelong learning. I also feel that I am more prepared to compete in today's workforce with my degree.”

Jacqueline Newman


"When I started this program I was a little concerned about it being all online and that I would miss out on the camaraderie with fellow classmates and learn from their experiences. However, I have found that not to be true."

Teresa LaMacchia

Earn while you learn

Graduate Assistantships

Gain valuable professional experience while enjoying paid employment as a graduate student at UW-Stout.

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CTE Advisory Committee

2018 CTE Advisory Committee

  • Deanna Schultz, Program Director
  • Byron Anderson, Associate Professor
  • Alex Birkholz, Instructor, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • Steve Decker, Vice President, Finance & Business Services, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • Kevin Dietsche, Instructor, UW-Stout
  • Laura Feyma, Family Consumer Science Educator, New Richmond High School
  • Brad Gast, Dean of Business & Industry and Continuing Education, Northcentral Technical College
  • Joni Geroux, UW-Stout Student
  • Jerry Johnson, Director, Center for Innovation & Development, UW-Stout
  • John Kleven, Instructor, Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Brenda Kretzschmar, Educational Consultant, CESA #11
  • Micheal Shiels, Dean, School of Applied Technologies, Waukesha County Technical College
  • John Sobota, Student, UW-Stout
  • Julie Watts, Professor, UW-Stout
  • Ken Welty, Instructor, UW-Stout
  • Sharon Wendt, CTE Director, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Jeff Ylinen, Provost, Dunwoody College of Technology