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Do you want to make a decisive impact on classroom and community learning?
Degree Type Doctor of Education
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

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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 a 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

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: Only Five Weekends Per Year

To best accommodate travel and planning, face-to-face sessions typically take place on the first weekend of the month, with one weekend per credit each term, e.g. a two-credit course will meet two weekends; a three-credit course three weekends, and so on. Typically these weekend sessions are 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays. 


"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 

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