Career and Technical Education Programs

Recommended deadline

Rolling admission

Next start date

May 21, 2018

Cost per credit hour


Credit hours


Use your work experience to teach the next generation of professionals. This program will prepare you to teach your occupational specialty in school, college and industry settings.

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What you will study: 

Work closely with faculty to devise an education path that best suits your interests and experience level. Students with a baccalaureate degree with a major in one of the following areas may apply for graduate study in Career & Technical Education: Agriculture, Business and Marketing, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Careers, Technical Subjects, or Trade Subjects.

  • VTP 505 - Vocational Education Practica, credit: 2
  • VTP 507 - Foundations of Vocational Education, credit: 3
  • VTP 509 - Vocational Curriculum Development, credit: 3
  • VTP 512 - Methods of Teaching Vocational Subjects, credit: 3

Read full curriculum options in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

At SUNY Oswego, we strive to prepare every candidate to live a life characterized by high moral character, and to experience a satisfying and rewarding career.
Dr. Pamela Michel, Dean

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Learning outcomes: 

Students are eligible to earn professional New York State teacher certification in several occupational subject areas. This program also prepares students for other professional roles not requiring certification.

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School of Education at SUNY Oswego is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers all of our initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
GPA of at least 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but should explain in the purpose statement what skills and experiences you will bring to the program or any special circumstances that affected your GPA.) If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.
MAT or GRE scores
Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program.  Acceptable scores are dependent on course of study.  Speak to your department advisor about what scores are acceptable to the program.
CTE essay
The Career and Technical Education essay requires responses to multiple questions to ensure you are assigned an advisor that can effectively assist in acquiring your professional goals. These questions can be found within the graduation application. Explain your reasons for pursuing VTP, the area you wish to specialize in, and why
Occupational Competency exam
The Occupational Competency Exam demonstrates your knowledge on the specialized subject that you would like to teach. It is a multiple-choice assessment of your competencies in the theoretical aspects of the occupation and is a requirement for enrollment. Contact the CTE department to complete the Occupational Competency Exam.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities. (At least one of these recommendations must be from your school district.)
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.