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M.Ed. in Business Workforce Development

The Master of Education in Business/Workforce Development, offered by the Department of Technology Support and Training, is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of individuals. This program includes a core of 15/18 credits plus 12/15 credits in one of three areas of specialization—Business, Computer, and Information Technology; Workforce Development; and Administrative. Within each area of specialization, students are encouraged to enroll in courses that meet their professional areas of interest.

The Business, Computer, and Information Technology Specialization is of interest to individuals desiring to enhance their knowledge of pedagogy, study current business issues and trends, and expand the use of technology in the learning environment. In addition, an opportunity is available for an individual to complete the requirements for initial Pennsylvania K-12 teaching certification in Business, Computer, and Information Technology (business education)—this opportunity requires the completion of additional course work beyond the 30 credits required for the M.Ed.

The Workforce Specialization is of interest to individuals desiring to broaden their understanding of business, to enhance their knowledge of industry training, and to update their understanding of new technologies used in the workforce.

The Administrative Specialization provides an option for candidates interested in positions as supervisor or director of career and technical programs. Content is based on certification standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. An enhancement of this specialization is the opportunity to complete the course requirements for Pennsylvania Department of Education certification as vocational supervisor or vocational director. Completion of the M.Ed. and fulfillment of PDE requirements leads to Vocational Supervisor Certification (PDE certification requirements include verification of appropriate teaching experience in a career and technical field, such as Agriculture, Business, Health, Trade and Industrial and/or Family and Consumer Science). Candidates interested in Vocational Director Certification must complete an additional 9 hours of coursework.

Courses can be taken on either a full- or part-time basis, with classes offered during the evening; a full schedule of course offerings is available in the summer. Needs of each student are addressed through individual attention, flexible scheduling, and opportunities for original research.

Upon admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, the student is assigned an advisor to assist in tailoring the program to meet individual goals. This flexibility is a key feature of the program.

Admissions Criteria

  1. Meet the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and Research
  2. Achieve a satisfactory score on either the GMAT or GRE exams
  3. Have earned an undergraduate degree in business from an accredited college/university or have completed business core courses from an accredited community college, college, or university if seeking admission to either the Workforce Development Specialization or the Certification option in Business, Computer, and Information Technology

Degree Candidacy

  1. For those students in the Workforce Development specialization, the Administrative specialization, or Business, Computer, and Information Technology specialization without initial certification, degree candidacy will be contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
  2. For those students in the Business, Computer, and Information Technology specialization who are seeking initial certification, degree candidacy will be contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 GPA and upon passing Praxis I prior to completing 12 program hours and Praxis II prior to completing 18 program hours.

Graduation

  1. For those students in the Workforce Development specialization or the Administrative specialization, graduation will be contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
  2. For those students in the Business, Computer, and Information Technology specialization who are seeking initial certification, graduation will be contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 GPA and upon completing BTED 695, Professional Semester (Student Teaching) with a minimum of a B.

Program Requirements

I. Business, Computer, and Information Technology (BCIT)/ Workforce Core (15 cr.)

BTST 650 Issues and Trends in Business/ Workforce Development 3 cr.
BTST 670 Organizational Communication 3 cr.
BTST 680 Technical Update 3 cr.
GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr.
BTST 656 Applied Research in Business/Workforce Development 3 cr.

II. Workforce Development Specialization Elective Area (15 cr.)

BTST 542 Training Methods in Business and Information Technology Support 3 cr.
BTST 642 Training with Technology 3 cr.
BTST 675 Web Design Theory and Practice 3 cr.
BTST 655 Emerging Information Technologies 3 cr.

Choose one of the following:

BTST 665 Information Security in the Enterprise 3 cr.
SAFE 603 Human Relations in Safety Management 3 cr.
SAFE 645 Principles of Occupational Safety 3 cr.
ACE 621 The Adult Learner 3 cr.
ACE 625 Facilitating Adult Learning 3 cr.

III. Business, Computer, and Information Technology Specialization Elective Area (15 cr.)

BTST 675 Web Design Theory and Application 3 cr.
BTST 614 Instructional Computing Basics 3 cr.
or    
COMM 614 Instructional Computing Basics 3 cr.
BTST 631 Interactive Multimedia 3 cr.
or    
COMM 631 Interactive Multimedia 3 cr.
COMM 600 Instructional Design and Development 3 cr.
EDSP 704/804 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 cr.
or    
EDSP 747/847 Advanced Psychology of Adolescent Education  

*Certification Option (Pennsylvania Certification K-12) (24 cr.)

BTED 690 Clinical Studies in Business Education 3 cr.
BTED 693 Seminar in Teaching Business Subjects 3 cr.
EDEX 650 Exceptional Children and Youth 3 cr.
EDSP 577 Assessment of Student Learning 3 cr.
BTED 695 Professional Seminar 12 cr.

*Certification candidates must meet teacher certification requirements of IUP College of Education and Educational Technology.

Must meet Eberly College undergraduate core business education requirements (see current undergraduate catalog).

I. Administrative Professional Development Core (18 cr.)

BTED/VOED 601 Curriculum and Instructional Leadership in Career and Technical Education 3 cr.
GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr.
BTST 656 Applied Research in Business/Workforce Development 3 cr.
BTED/VOED 600 Curriculum Development in Career and Technical Education 3 cr.
BTED/VOED 602 Conference Leadership and Communication Methods in Career and Technical Education 3 cr.

II. Administrative Specialization Elective Area (minimum of 12 cr.)

EDSP 577 Assessment of Student Learning (required) 3 cr.
BTED/VOED 603 Management of Instruction for Career and Technical Education 3 cr.
BTED/VOED 604 Curriculum Supervision in Career and Technical Education 3 cr.
BTED/VOED 605 Policy Administration 3 cr.
BTED/VOED 606 Leadership for Career and Technical Educators 3 cr.
BTED/VOED 607 Organizations and Structure for Career and Technical Education 3 cr.
BTED/VOED 608 Legal and Legislative Issues in Career and Technical Education 3 cr.
  • Certification candidates must meet teacher certification requirements of IUP College of Education and Educational Technology.
  • Electives selected based on individual candidate’s background.

According to Pennsylvania commonwealth guidelines, students must be certified K-12 and not in separate areas.

  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Stright Hall, Room 101
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1048
  • Phone: 724-357-2222
  • Fax: 724-357-4862
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Summer: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.