What we do!
Career and Technical Education (CTE) plays a major role in responding to the charge of educating youth today. By recognizing the rapidly changing role of teachers in a global economy and a technological world, we are continually working towards providing competent teachers in many occupational areas. The economic, social and technological needs of Michigan for the 21th century will be dramatically different from those that have existed for the past several decades.
Even with the charges imposed by the No Child Left Behind legislation which focuses upon ever increasing academic benchmarks, we in CTE realize in order to maximize the efforts of academic teachers, research indicates that education must place "learning" objectives within a real environment rather than insisting that students first learn in the abstract what they will be expected to apply to span the chasm between school and the work place. In the CTE program in the College of Education at Wayne State University, we are producing teachers to reach these aspirations.
In Michigan, Career and Technical education is designed as part of Michigan's career preparation system to provide learners with experiences, knowledge, and skills that will prepare them to choose and obtain employment upon high school completion. Our goal at Wayne State University is to directly assist the Office of Career and Technical Education-Michigan Department of Education, in the attainment their department goal - "To develop a system that produces a workforce with the required skills to maintain and enhance the Michigan economy." We are all united in that we wish that each graduate of a vocational program received a world-class education that prepares them for higher education and their first job in today's competitive market.
At Wayne State University, our goal is to produce Career and Technical education teachers who will work to develop instructional delivery systems to assist secondary students become literate individuals, healthy and fit people, responsible family members, productive workers, involved citizens, and self-directed, lifelong learners.
The Career and Technical Education program is intended for pre-service and teachers in secondary and community colleges who will assume leadership in the classroom and the school. We offer a program towards Teacher Certification, both Bachelor's and a Master's of Arts in Teaching (MAT), in many occupational areas. We also offer a Master's of Education (MED) program in Career and Technical Education. To provide the busy teaching professional with options, many of the courses in the MED program can be taken online.