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Program at a Glance

College of Community Innovation and Education
Ed Ldrshp & Higher Education
$369.65 per credit hour
$1,194.05 per credit hour

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The Career and Workforce Education MA program prepares students pursuing leadership and administrative positions in career and technical education (CTE) as well as workforce education, talent development, and corporate/industrial training. This program is designed for individuals whose goal is to become a manager, coordinator, director, curriculum specialist, dean, or lead faculty in career and workforce education programs in various disciplines located in the following institutions: secondary and post-secondary schools (technical centers, community colleges, state colleges, and universities); vocational rehabilitation colleges; corporations and industry; military; and professional associations and organizations.

The six Career Education Core classes combine to provide students with an in-depth analysis of career education from its inception to future trends. These courses will provide a solid foundation in career and technical/workforce education. With 18 credit hours (six courses) in career education graduate courses and 18 credit hours (six courses) in a discipline-specific field of study, the student will be considered a subject matter expert in career and technical education AND a subject matter expert in a discipline-specific field.

This program provides the flexibility of choosing electives for subject matter expertise in Career and Workforce Education (CWE), in Educational Foundation, or in a discipline-specific graduate certificate that allows for a personalized degree program.

CTE Graduate Program Vision Statement: All CTE leaders are academic scholars.

CTE Graduate Program Mission Statement: To provide opportunities for system leaders to critically analyze career and workforce history, programs, issues, and trends.

Our Goal: The Career and Workforce Education graduate programs place an emphasis on the students' development of academic research and scholarly writing that contribute to strong leadership skills in their individual fields of study.

The Career and Workforce Education MA program requires a minimum of 39 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, including 18 credit hours of career education core courses and 18 credit hours of advisor-approved courses focused on specialization within a discipline. The program also requires an internship/directed-field experience course (3 CH) OR a research report course (3 CH). Passing a comprehensive examination at the end of the program is a graduation requirement.

Total Credit Hours Required: 39 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Please note: Career and Workforce Education (MA) may be completed fully online, although not all elective course options or course prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF Online may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

This program is not an initial teacher professional education certificate program.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit

UCF is authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in all states. Refer to State Authorizations for current information.

Career Opportunities

UCF prepares you for life beyond the classroom. Here, you’ll experience a wide range of opportunity, like learning diverse skills from world-renowned faculty to networking with top employers across Central Florida to gaining first-hand experience in internships nearby. Achieve your degree and more as a Knight.
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  • Science Education Professor
  • Vocational Horticulture Instructor

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