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Career and Technical Education Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organization Leadership, Policy, and Development, 330 Wulling Hall, 86 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1700; fax: 612-624-2231)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2015. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Technical Education PBacc Certificate Grad
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
This certificate is designed for current instructors and those preparing to instruct in technical and community college settings, or individuals seeking a credential for workplace advancement. Completion of Teacher Education Series (TES) requirements for this certificate program prepares students for state teaching licensure in secondary and postsecondary career and technical education. Licensure is granted by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Seventy-five percent of the certificate coursework must be completed at the University of Minnesota. Most courses will be offered on the University's Twin Cities campus, but additional courses may be offered elsewhere.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and may be submitted at any time.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
A 12-credit Regents-approved career and technical education certificate is available to students who wish to obtain a credential after completing the Teacher Education Series (TES) and approved electives.
Required courses
Minimum 8-10 credits Students must complete the four required TES courses, listed below. For participants with no previous pedagogy courses, an additional 2 credit graduate level course related to pedagogy determined in consultation with the adviser will be required, but can be waived for those with previous pedagogy training or experience.
OLPD 5806 - Philosophy and Practice of Career and Technical Education (2.0 cr)
OLPD 5808 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
OLPD 5829 - Course Development for Business and Industry (2.0 cr)
OLPD 5861 - Instructional Methods for Business and Industry (2.0 cr)
Students are encouraged to consult faculty adviser about appropriate elective course(s) to complete the program's 12-credit requirement. Elective courses must be approved by a faculty adviser.
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OLPD 5806 - Philosophy and Practice of Career and Technical Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Purposes/goals of contemporary career/technical education. Governance structure, historical perspectives, industry-education relationship, current education practices. Possible future trends and their implications. Development of a personal philosophy of career/technical education.
OLPD 5829 - Course Development for Business and Industry
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Designing instructional programs/courses that help learners develop desired competence. Designing instruction for performance based training and vocational/technical education. Developing course syllabus components that clarify course expectations. Developing academic/community-based elements that complement course goals. Reflect on and compare performance-based instruction with other curriculum models for the field.
OLPD 5861 - Instructional Methods for Business and Industry
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory/practice in instructional methods for career/technical education (CTE) instructors and human resources/development (HRD) professionals. How to select various teaching methods and plan for their delivery. Preparing an instructional methods plan to clarify course content, teaching methods selected, rationale for their selection, and how a student organization might facilitate student learning.