Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education Program Coordinator:
Dr. Barbara Washington, Department Chair
Adolescent, Career and Special Education
3208 Alexander Hall • Murray, KY 42071

Teaching real world applications can be a very rewarding experience. The College of Education and Human Services offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Career and Technical Education. In this program, you can pursue a career in business/marketing education, family and consumer sciences, or engineering and technology education. Below, you can find option descriptions offered at Murray State University.

Business & Marketing
The Business and Marketing Education Program at Murray State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition, MSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation of the academic program assures students a high-quality education and greater opportunities in the employment market.

Career Outlook: The students majoring in Business and Marketing Education at Murray State University will be prepared for a career as a teacher at the middle or secondary school levels. Teaching positions increase in number each year. In fact, several geographic locations currently have a shortage of teachers; and a teacher shortage is projected nationwide for the future. With additional education and experiences, business educators are qualified for such positions as business managers, department chairs, or area coordinators of Centers for Career and Technical Education.

Family & Consumer Sciences
The Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). A degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education can provide a variety of career options with cooperative extension service, business, family resource centers, and schools. Family and Consumer Sciences Education includes teaching others about content areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, including Family Studies, Nutrition and Food Science, Textiles and Apparel Production and Analysis, Resource Management, Consumer Skills, and Living Environments. Graduates can teach in middle, secondary, or post-secondary classrooms, but there are also opportunities as educators or program directors with other family related agencies.

Career Outlook: A career in Family and Consumer Sciences can provide a good income and will give you the satisfaction of helping others. The primary responsibility of this profession is to help individuals and families solve daily living problems associated with their family, job, and other life roles. There is a shortage of Family and Consumer Sciences teachers in the state of Kentucky and in the nation. It is predicted that this shortage will exist for at least 10 years because of teacher retirements. Teachers and early childhood professionals will continue to be needed to ensure that children and youth are prepared for their futures as family members and professionals.

Engineering and Technology Education
As an Engineering and Technology Education graduate, you will be prepared to teach in technology education programs that are offered in most middle and secondary schools. A nationwide movement in support of this program ensures that graduates have excellent employment prospects. The diversity of the Engineering and Technology Education Program will provide you with an overview of an industrial setting that is sought by employers.

Career Outlook: If you desire to serve society, there may be no better way than through engineering and technology education. There is a demand for technological teachers of all occupational areas. This is due to the renewed emphasis on preparing people for the world of work in schools, community colleges, and adult programs in Kentucky and in our nation.