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Master of Science Degree

This degree is an advanced master's degree and requires prior academic work associated with this area of study. The M.S. program has four concentrations: business and industry training, career and technical education, community college teaching, and STEM education. These programs are designed to help teachers and trainers upgrade their knowledge and skills and prepare for leadership roles in education and training. These programs are delivered at the Norfolk campus and through the university distance learning system.


Students are admitted to the program on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained from the Admissions Office, distance learning sites, the department, and on line. Graduate students can complete up to 12 graduate hours with a non-degree application. All applicants to the Master of Science degree in Occupational and Technical Studies must meet university, college, and departmental requirements. In addition, they must: 

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in a related field or have work experience in the occupational/technical area.
  • Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.80 with a 3.00 in major courses.
  • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a score of 900 (verbal and qualitative sections combined) or the Miller Analogies Test with a 45 percentile in the intended major.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.


Students must: 

  • Complete the Graduate Writing Proficiency Examination administered by the department prior to the completion of nine credit hours.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


Students in the career and technical education and business and industry training concentrations must complete 33 semester hours and in the community college teaching concentration must complete 39 semester hours as distributed below. In addition, all students must: 

  • Achieve an overall grade point average of 3.00.
  • Complete all competencies listed on course syllabi.
  • Pass the written comprehensive examination.
  • Successfully complete a problem paper or thesis.
  • Complete a university graduate student assessment.

Curriculum - 33 to 39 hours

Common Core - 9 credits

  • SEPS 785: Curriculum Development in Occupational Education and Training
  • SEPS 788: Instructional Strategies and Innovations in Training and Occupational Education
  • SEPS 789: Instructional Technology in Education and Training

Research Core - 6-9 credits 

  • FOUN 612: Applied Research in Education
  • SEPS 636: Problems in Occupational and Technical Studies
  • SEPS 689: Thesis in Occupational Education

Concentration Specific Courses - 6 credits from one of the following specializations: 

Business and Industry Training 

  • SEPS 761: Foundations of Adult Education and Training
  • SEPS 762: Administration and Management of Education and Training Programs 

Career and Technical Education

  • SEPS 760: Trends and Issues in Occupational Education
  • SEPS 762: Administration and Management of Education and Training Programs 

Community College Teaching 

  • SEPS 760: Trends and Issues in Occupational Education
  • SEPS 761: Foundations of Adult Education and Training 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education 

  • STEM 720: STEM Educational Foundations
  • STEM 721: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Connection and Integration 

Professional Specialization Electives - 12-18 credits 

  • Business and Industry Training - 12 credits, approved by advisor
  • Career and Technical Education Teaching - 12 credits, approved by advisor
  • Community College Teaching - 18 credits in teaching specialty
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education - 12 credits, approved by advisor 

For more information about this M.S. degree program contact: 

Dr. Philip A. Reed
Technology Education Program Leader
Education Building 228

Dr. Cindy Tomovic
STEMPS Department Graduate Program Director
Education Building 228