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Career and Technical Education

(Formerly Vocational Education)

Center for Career and Technical Education
Department of Industrial Technology
College of Professional Studies
Bridgeman Hall 218-755-2998


Dr. James McCracken (Director;, Ms. Elaine Hoffman, Dr. David Kingsbury

Areas of Study

Career and Technical Education (Vocational Education) prepares people for careers in education, the trades, industry, and related occupations. The Career and Technical Education program at Bemidji State University trains career and technical education instructors for secondary and post-secondary teaching positions. Career and Technical Education majors must have prior work experience in the field they wish to teach in, and credits may be awarded for that experience.

In Career and Technical Education, theories and other philosophical approaches to education are taught in the context of practical experience. For example, students who wish to teach in the construction area will already have work experience in that area. In the Career and Technical Education program, that experience is combined with teaching methodologies. Career and Technical Education offers degree and non-degree licensures. State of Minnesota Career and Technical Education licensure requires a combination of technical competency and some related work experience. Individuals should consult with an advisor to determine the specific requirements for their field.

Note: Students interested in teaching career and technical education who do not yet have work experience may consider a bachelor of science degree in Technology Education. (See the Industrial Technology section in this catalog.)

The Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education does not meet licensure requirements for secondary school teaching in technology education or business education.

Significant changes in secondary licensure for career and technical education have recently taken place. Individuals should consult with a faculty advisor to determine what requirements will need to be met.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Note: exceptions may be made based on work experience. Contact the Office of Admissions or the Career and Technical Education advisor.

Other Recommended Preparation

Career and Technical Education
Technology Education
Work Experience

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor or endorsements that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Career Advisor
Career and Technical Education Administrator
Career and Technical Education Instructor
Human Resource Development
Industrial Technical Trainer
Job Developer
Sheltered Workshop Administrator
Teacher Coordinator of Work-Based Learning
Technical Tutor
Trade and Industry Instructor
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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