Appalachian State University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Career and Technical Education prepares students to teach about technology, business, child development, design and engineering. This degree program uses an investigative, hands-on research and design approach to help students better understand the world around them.
Appalachian State University is widely recognized as providing top-quality teachers for the public schools. Graduates of our program are in extremely high demand, both here in North Carolina and across the nation. Career and Technical Education teachers get to teach a subject they love while providing an invaluable service to students and schools.
This degree has five concentrations, each of which is considered a high need field. Many school districts seek teachers who are specialists in these areas.
- Business, Finance and Information Technology Education
- Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Technology, Engineering and Design Education
- Trade and Industrial Education
The Business and Marketing Entrepreneurship Education (BMEE) concentration focuses on the preparation of business and marketing teachers in grades 6-12. BMEE instructors teach a variety of courses in these grades from marketing and project management to personal finance and hospitality and tourism. You will learn how to teach young people about marketing communications, marketing management, marketing research, merchandising and professional sales. You also will develop the skills necessary to teach students about selling, promotion, pricing, marketing-information management, market planning, product/service management and channel management.
Transfer students or students who have completed Community College courses related to a specific skill area should contact the program director to determine if these courses can count toward a program of study at Appalachian.
Employment: Our students are typically hired throughout North Carolina as well as in surrounding states such as South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee to teach middle or high school courses as well as community college. Examples include Hospitality Marketing, Sustainable Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Merchandising, Principles of Business and Finance, and Sports and Entertainment Marketing. A complete list of all BMEE courses in North Carolina is located on the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s website.
Because of the extensive training in business subjects, individuals who choose not to teach after graduation have found lucrative and successful careers in all types of business and marketing fields.
Complementary graduate programs include:
- Curriculum Specialist: Master of Arts (MA)
- Educational Media: Master of Arts (MA)
- School Administration (MSA)
The core courses for all five Career and Technical Education degrees are:
- Career and Technical Education Curriculum
- Management of Career and Technical Education Programs and CTSOs
- Research in Career and Technical Education
- Methods and Materials in Career and Technical Education
- Practicum in Career and Technical Education
No minor is required for this degree. Students can pursue a minor in Business and Information Technology Education.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Appalachian Educators - open to all education majors; sponsors service events and provides professional development and leadership opportunities.
Student North Carolina Association of Educators - a pre-professional organization for college students interested in a career in education.
Chi Sigma Iota - the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators.
Kappa Delta Pi - the national honorary education fraternity.
Orchesis - the expressive arts honor society, which sponsors activities throughout the year.
Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society. Opportunities for education majors include international student teaching.
Admission to Appalachian’s Teacher Education Program is required.
- The CTE program is delivered online and on campus.
- Graduates are hired quickly and often have multiple job offers.
- This program has a long-standing commitment to excellence in CTE teacher preparation and is well-respected at the local, state, national and international levels.
- Faculty and students are actively in involved professional and student organizations related to Career and Technical Education. Students have the opportunity to compete in regional, state and national TEECA, TSA and VEX competitions through the student organization ASU TECA.
- This is a small, personal program in which teacher candidates take courses and participate in field experiences together for four semesters. All students are known well by each other and by the CTE faculty.
Number of Students
50 - 60 majors
Method of Delivery
On-campus or Online
- High school teachers
- Community college instructors
- Adult educators in community agencies
- Private school teacher
- Educator in business or industry
- Career center instructors
Dr. Jerianne Taylor
Program Coordinator: Trade and Industry, and Technology, Engineering, and Design