Ed.D. Career and Technical Education

Do you want to make a decisive impact on classroom and community learning?
Degree Type Doctor of Education
Careers and Salary Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Hybrid

The Doctorate of Education in Career and Technical Education (Ed.D. CTE) prepares leaders who will provide vision, direction, leadership and the day-to-day management of educational activities in high schools, technical colleges, and other postsecondary settings. They may also choose to lead in secondary divisions of career and technical education; or vocational education as it is termed in some states.

Program Highlights:

  • Executive delivery includes online, blended, and face-to-face weekend and evening courses
  • Earn the degree in three years, while working full-time
  • Financial aid can include student loans, scholarships, and graduate assistantships
  • Applications accepted and reviewed annually each spring

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is steeped within a history of career, technical, work and human resource education and training. UW-Stout is home to the most comprehensive array of Career and Technical Education (CTE) baccalaureate through doctoral degree programs in the country.

Dean E.J. Daigle in the Robotics & Manufacturing lab at Dunwoody College of Technology / Contributed Photo
"The Doctor of Education in Career & Technical Education at UW Stout allows students to bring their professional expertise to classroom discussions and activities. Our cohort group continues to benchmark after graduation with several of us contacting each other for advice on professional matters."
E.J. Daigle - Alliance Cohort 2018
Dean - Robotics & Manufacturing
Dunwoody College of Technology

In addition to the Doctorate in Career, Technical Education and Training, our other CTE programs include the B.S. in Career, Technical Education and Training (CTET) and the Masters of Science in Career, Technical Education and Training with a focus on professional advancement in practice and leadership. 

UW-Stout also offers distinct secondary-level CTE subject area teacher licenser programs at the baccalaureate level in Marketing and Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Technology Education.

Photo of Andrea Hulshult
Dr. Andrea Hulshult teaching at Miami University. / Contributed

“This program leveraged my industry experience and inspired me to apply it to career and technical education. I earned my doctorate in three-and-a-half years, and had a tenure-track faculty position before I graduated. This program and its outstanding faculty changed my life.”

Andrea Hulshult, Ed.D.,
2018 Graduate; Alliance Cohort

Applied Research Focus

As opposed to the more theoretical and philosophical focus of the Ph.D., the Ed.D. doctoral program has an applied research focus. Through applied academics we aim to shape the current and future systems, affect their vision, purpose and design. We do this through applied research, strategic planning and mindful leadership. 

Ed.D. CTE Graduates will be able to:

  • Effectively lead educational institutions with continual improvement processes
  • Engage with business and industry entities and establish key relationships
  • Use, analyze, and synthesize data for program planning and decision making
  • Develop faculty and staff to be leaders in their respective fields
Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements


The Ideal Candidate: Students enrolling in this program should have experience as instructors, faculty, staff or leaders within CTE and/or workforce education, including public and private training, human resource development and support services.

Program Application

To successfully apply to the program, please submit the following:

  1. Curriculum Vita/Resume
  2. Letter of Application
  3. Fit and Personal Commitment
    • State your personal and professional goals, how you align with The Ideal Candidate Statement (see above). Why/how is this degree is a good fit for you?
    • Address commitment to the cohort: How will you adjust your schedule to allow for three years of cohort doctoral program study?
    • Address your ability to work collaboratively and contribute positively in a cohort environment. Describe what positive collaboration means to you; illustrate through evidence of past experiences.
  4. 800-1,000 Word Essay Writing Sample
    • Identify and discuss a problem, opportunity, idea, trend or practice within the scope of Career & Technical Education/Workforce Development. Articulate a point of view and support it with evidence.
    • Conform to current APA format.
  5. Two Letters of Reference
    • One letter should be from a current or former supervisor.

Please submit all materials by email to Amy Gullixson, Student Services Coordinator at gullixsona@uwstout.edu.

Application Deadlines

Ed.D. CTE cohorts begin every fall semester. Applications are accepted starting on September 1, with a priority review of applications received beginning in March. Applications received after March 15 will be reviewed by May 15 and remain open until the cohort is full.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Applicants who desire to begin doctoral coursework in a spring semester may elect to take courses that apply to the Ed.D. CTE elective curriculum (700 level or above) portion of the program. Applicants choosing this path will enter as a non-degree seeking Ed.D. CTE students; meaning they are taking coursework, but are not officially admitted to the program. In March of the spring semester, the non-degree seeking students will need to apply to the Ed.D. CTE program with the intent, if program admission is granted, for those credits to transfer into their program plan.

Program Delivery

Executive Delivery

The Ed.D. in Career and Technical Education utilizes the accelerated, online, and hybrid delivery methods of the cohort-executive education model. All courses will be delivered using distance education technologies and non-traditional meeting times including online instruction and face-to-face weekends.

The curriculum includes 60 credits of required courses:

  • 16 credits offered in an accelerated face-to-face weekend format
  • 15 credits offered online
  • 9 credits offered in a hybrid format
  • 8 credits of electives in delivery method of choice
  • 12 dissertation credits completed independently, away from campus

For more information download the Ed.D. CTE Student Handbook.

Educational Cohorts

Once enrolled in the Ed.D. Career and Technical Education program, students progress through their educational experience as a cohort. 

Cohorts range in size from 12-18 students, with an average student age of approximately 39 years.

The cohort design has proven to be a collaborative collegial community that works. Evidence are the program's high retention and persistence to dissertation defense. 

Travel Frequency

The doctorate in CTE is designed and delivered to meet the time and learning demands of professionals with busy work and family lives.  By design, it is delivered online with a twist. 

Over 3 years, the program includes two paired courses each semester, one course during the summer, another during WinTerm in January. 

Each semester one of the two paired courses meets face to face in September/November (FA) and February/April (SP). Class meeting times are scheduled on Friday, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

WinTerm courses are purely online and summer courses meet once on Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

This program design has proven to be a collaborative community that works. Evidence of this is a high retention rate, student collegiality via a solid peer support system, and knowing program faculty in a face to face and online way. Together, it supports doctoral students in making consistent progress through to their defense.


"My UW-Stout CTE graduate education has enhanced my credibility to my students and peers."

Brian Bartel
CTE Graduate Student
Business Management and Economics Instructor,
Mid-State Technical College

"I feel the impact of all of the CVTC faculty who are UW-Stout CTE graduates. They leave with their Stout degrees, come to CVTC, and deliver extraordinary instruction and a strong understanding of technical education."

Shelly Olson
CTE Graduate Student
Dean of Health and Emergency Services,
Chippewa Valley Technical College

"UW-Stout’s CTE graduate programs’ blended instruction is the right balance of accessibility to quality instruction, while maintaining a personal and professional life as a student."

Daniel Kovach
CTE Graduate Student
Information Technology Specialist,
School District of Ashland 

DCTE Advisory Board

2018 DCTE Advisory Board

  • Elizabeth Buchanan, Associate Vice Chancellor, UW-Stout
  • Renee Chandler, Director, UW-Stout 
  • Nancy Chapko, Instructional Designer, GTC
  • Julie Furst-Bowe, Vice President CVTC
  • Josh Gamer, Dean, Western Technical College
  • Amy Gullixson, Student Services Adviser, UW-Stout Online
  • Dale Hanson, CTE Coordinator, Appleton Area School District
  • Shelly Mondeik, President, Mid State Technical College
  • Carol Mooney, Professor Emeriti, UW-Stout
  • Heidi Nichols, Program Director or Diagnostic Imaging
  • Laura Reisinger, Instructor, UW-Stout
  • Meridith Wentz, Assistant Chancellor of Planning, Assessment & Research, UW-Stout
  • John Will, President. WITC
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