Career and Technical Education 90-30, Bachelor of Science in Education

Department of Educational Specialties

College of Education

This degree has two options. The Occupational Education emphasis is for students who plan to enter an occupation that requires specific occupation training, are seeking career advancement, personal enrichment, or are considering a pre-professional plan. The Certification emphasis is for students seeking to be CTE certified teachers at the secondary level by completing a degree in a CTE teacher education program.  

We offer this degree as part of Northern Arizona University's Extended Campuses program. All CTE requirements are offered in the online format. Law-enforcement professionals only have the option of a Phoenix cohort.

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Business and Marketing - Emphasis
  • Education and Training - Emphasis
  • Family and Consumer Science - Emphasis
  • Health Careers - Emphasis
  • Industrial and Emerging Technologies - Emphasis
  • Occupational - Emphasis

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's diversity, liberal studies, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.

    The full policy can be viewed here.

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Students may transfer up to a maximum of 90 hours of community college and/or university credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education.
  • At least 85 units of major core requirements including:

  • at least 34 units of emphasis requirements
  • at least 51 units of emphasis requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units.

Students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, or Certificate Required Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available
Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate occupation specific knowledge and skills.
    • Demonstrate 3-years occupational knowledge and skills through coursework, Job Ready NOCTI Exam (Written and Performance), and/ or occupational experience credit
  • Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of foundations of Career and Technical Education.
    • Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the Career and Technical Education terminology and structure through appropriate use in written documents and oral presentations
    • Differentiate the functional, historical and philosophical structure and contexts of Career and Technical Education at the national and international levels
    • Examine the philosophical social, economic, and ethical considerations and consequences of Career and Technical Education’s role in American society; and identify how these consequences will impact their work in the profession
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and develop instruction
    • Demonstrate ability to pre-assess prior knowledge to plan for effective instruction
    • Select materials, methods and resources to meet instructional goals
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver and assess instruction.
    • Demonstrate ability to employ a variety of teaching methods to effectively engage  learners
    • Evaluate learning, provide appropriate feedback to learners, and objectively judge effectiveness of content delivery methods
  • Understand how to develop, manage and maintain an effective and safe learning environment or workplace
    • Demonstrate safety and health principles and practices; as appropriate for occupational area
    • Integrate Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations in the workplace
  • Demonstrate technological literacy
    • Possess technological literacy to apply available technologies and investigate potential technology applications
    • Appropriately integrate instructional technology
  • Demonstrate professionalism
    • Demonstrate effective communication skills (written and oral) in business/industry and in  the planning, development, delivery and assessment of instruction
    • Evaluate and critique employability skills for application and integration into Career and Technical Education curriculum and programs
    • Interpret appropriate ethical decision making through contextual scenarios in occupational professional situations
    • Model appropriate professional occupational conduct and ethics  though application in the planning, development, delivery and assessment of instruction
  • Demonstrate the ability to positively affect learning of all students and address the needs of diverse students.
    • Demonstrate understanding of learning styles and their impact on pedagogy and andragogy though application in the planning, development, delivery and assessment of instruction
  • Apply leadership and management theory through research and practice in organizations including promoting and actively involving external and internal publics in the educational system.
    • Evaluate leadership roles of business/industry in promoting school/community relations and interpret the impact those roles have on programs
    • Prepare appropriate materials for involving publics in the educational system

Liberal Studies Requirement
  • If you have earned an AGEC Certification from a regionally accredited community college in Arizona, then you have satisfied the Northern Arizona University Liberal Studies requirement and the Northern Arizona University diversity requirement for this degree. Students who have not earned an AGEC must complete all Liberal Studies requirements and diversity requirements before graduation.

Associate Degree Transfer Block
  • Northern Arizona University accepts a maximum of 90 units from your associate degree program, and you then take 30 upper-division units at Northern Arizona University. 

Major Requirements
  • Take the following 85 units: 

  • CTE Core Requirements

    Complete the following 34 units with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

    Emphasis Requirements (51 units)
    Select courses in one of the following approved career and technical education occupation areas:
    • Business and Marketing Emphasis
    • Education and Training Emphasis
    • Family and Consumer Science Emphasis
    • Health Careers Emphasis
    • Industrial and Emerging Technologies Emphasis
    • Occupational Emphasis
    Coursework can include any combination of transfer credit, minor(s) from related fields, National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Job Ready test credit, and/or occupational experience credit.

    Please note that if you have previous trade, industrial, or technical experience, we grant you up to 20 units toward your major requirements upon verification of certification from the teacher certification unit at the Arizona Department of Education. Additionally, you may earn 35 units for successful passage of a NOCTI test administered by Northern Arizona University. See your advisor for more information.


General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.

    You may take these remaining courses from any of the academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. You may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.

    We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you.

Additional Information
  • Career and Technical Education State Teaching Certification

    You may become career and technical education certified in Arizona by providing documentation of previous occupational experience to the teacher-certification unit at the Arizona Department of Education. See your advisor for more information.

  • Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program 

    This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree, which may allow them to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by applying 6 units toward both degrees. Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.