Career and Technical Education

Composite Major

Department Chair: Dr. K. Peder Gjovik,, (701) 845-7448
Faculty Contact: Richard Ross,, (701) 845-7182
Department Office: 132 Rhoades Science Center, (701) 845-7444
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


This degree prepares you for teaching positions in Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school and college programs. Graduates with the CTE Composite Major are prepared to teach in trade, industry, technical fields including areas such as automotive technology, construction technology, electronics, health careers, and welding.

Non-teaching program graduates may also seek management or entrepreneurial careers in the private trade, industry, technical or health fields. To be eligible for the degree, students should have a documented technical specialty area.

  • “The CTE baccalaureate degree has helped our CTE faculty become well versed in the Career and Technical Education field. They were experts in their specific occupational fields, but, in most cases, had little background in Career and Technical Education and educational theory. We have see great personal and professional growth in our CTE faculty who have completed their degrees from VCSU. As a whole they are more confident and skilled in their teaching, and we have seen several assume leadership roles on campus.” —Doug Darling, President, Lake Region State College

“Valley City State University rose to the occasion to assist the Department for Career and Technical Education in its efforts to create a degree program for Trade, Industry, Technical and Health Careers instructors. The content of the degree program is relevant to the needs of teachers with industry experience by adding instructional methodology to their experiences. This partnership has proven to be a very successful collaboration.” —Tony Scheerz, past supervisor; Trade, Industry, Technical and Health Education; North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Required Technical Specialty
Students who have successfully completed a ND Department of Career and Technical Education approved post-secondary program in their area of technical specialty from area Career and Technical (CTE) institutions, or possess an associate of applied science degree or its equivalent, are eligible for technical specialty credits. Students who meet work experience requirements, but have not completed an approved Trade, Technical, and Health Education program, may apply for Technical Specialty Life Experience credits through the Prior Learning Assessment Program. Student are strongly encouraged to enroll in CIS 491 Senior Portfolio in their last year of coursework
Select one of the following options:36-50
Total Credits36-50

 Option 1 Teaching

CTE 431History, Philosophy and Practices of Career and Technical Education3
CTE 434Leadership in Career and Technical Student Organizations3
CTE 438Developing and Managing Competency-Based Instructional Materials3
CTE 490Methods for Teaching Career & Technical Education Subjects3
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students3
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues2
TECH 356Safety and Management in Technical Education3
TECH 491Senior Portfolio1
Choose 12 credits from the following:12
Coordinating Cooperative Education Learning
Career and Technology Education Teaching Experience 1, 2
Clinical Practice
Educational Technology
Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities
Educational Psychology
Behavior Modification
Engineering the Future
Innovations in Technology
Innovations in Technology Lab
Total Credits36

Option 2 Management/Leadership

ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
BUSI 485Entrepreneurship3
CIS 329Information Systems Management3
MGMT 330Principles of Management3
MGMT 340Human Resource Management3
MGMT 372Foundations of Leadership3
MRKT 305Principles of Marketing3
TECH 491Senior Portfolio1
Select twelve credits from the following:12
Business in the Legal Environment
Operations Management
Information Systems Management
Corporate Communication
Communication and Interviewing
Gender Communication
Public Relations
Group Dynamics
Advertising and Promotions
Social Media Management
Marketing Research
Total Credits37

Total General Education  39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement  71-87 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Methodology – Students will develop knowledge necessary for program development, implementation, evaluation and assessment of student learning.
  2. Content – Students will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competence in technological literacy
  3. Application – Students will demonstrate competency in technology education content and apply this knowledge in real world experiences.