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Degree Offerings and Requirements

The Virginia Tech CTE program offers graduate degrees at three levels: master’s, education specialist and doctoral. 

Master’s Degree

Students in the master’s program receive a Master of Science degree in Career and Technical Education.  They have two concentration options in the master’s program from which to choose:

Education Specialist Degree

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a degree program consisting of 30 semester hours beyond the master’s degree. This professional degree prepares education leaders having a specific specialty related to CTE. Examples of specialty areas can include:

  • Administration
  • Curriculum Development
  • Extension
  • Supervision

Doctoral Degree

Doctoral students have two types of degrees from which to choose, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Career and Technical Education.

  • Ph.D. : Theory based, emphasizes theoretical research, intended for individuals wishing to work in the college and university arena
  • Ed.D. : Practitioner’s degree, intended for individuals wishing to work in PreK-12 education (public or private) or industry work force development