Ed.D. Career and Technical Education

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

UW-Stout’s Doctorate of Education in Career and Technical Education (Ed.D. CTE) prepares you for a leadership role in secondary and postsecondary education. Our program builds upon your professional experiences to develop the vision, strategy and administrative qualities essential to educational management including secondary divisions of career and technical education and vocational education.

Program Highlights:

  • Course delivery includes online and limited face-to-face weekend coursework
  • Earn a 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

Degree Requirements & Courses

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.
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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. Through applied academics, you will learn to shape the current and future systems, affect their vision, purpose and design. You will accomplish this through applied research, strategic planning and mindful leadership.

As an Ed.D. CTE graduate you 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
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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

Educational Cohorts

Once enrolled in the Ed.D. Career and Technical Education program, you will progress through the educational experience as part of an executive cohort. Cohorts range in size from 12-18 students, with an average student age of approximately 39 years.

Our 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, the cohort supports you in making consistent progress through to your dissertation defense.

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

Executive Delivery

The Ed.D. in Career and Technical Education program’s course delivery is designed to fit into your busy professional and family life. Our executive cohort model blends online and face-to-face coursework. To best accommodate travel and planning, face-to-face sessions typically take place on the first weekend of the month.

Over three years, courses are delivered primarily online using distance-education technologies. On-campus weekend classes are held twice per Fall and Spring semester and once during the Summer session. The Winterm session courses are all online.

On-Campus Classes

Dates and times may vary to accommodate holidays.

Fall Semester

One weekend in September and November
Friday, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Spring Semester

One weekend in February and April
Friday, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Summer Session

One weekend in June
Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

For more information on course sequence, program goals and student expectations, download the Ed.D. CTE Student Handbook

Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • $746 per graduate creditcustomized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

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.

Graduate Testimonials

"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 

History of Comprehensive Career and Technical Education

History of career, technical, work and human resource education

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.

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.

Ed.D. CTE Advisory Board

2020 Ed.D. CTE Advisory Board

Elizabeth Buchanan Associate Vice Chancellor UW-Stout
Renee Chandler Director UW-Stout Online
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
Urs  Haltinner Program Director UW-Stout
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 of Diagnostic Imaging Northcentral Technical College
Laura Reisinger Instructor UW-Stout
Meridith Wentz Assistant Chancellor of Planning, Assessment & Research UW-Stout
John Will President WITC
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