Why ODU for Career and Technical Education?

With the increased need for workforce education, leaders are needed to design and assess school programs, align them with academic standards, and prepare teachers for these programs.

This program is designed for university and school system personnel, to develop them as leaders in designing, delivering, and assessing programs in career and technical education.

You'll earn a PhD in Occupational and Technical Studies with a concentration in Career and Technical Education.

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Required Courses

  • 60 credit hours minimum

You will complete core courses in research and Occupational and Technical Studies, electives, a concentration in career and technical education, and a dissertation.

Two 2-week Summer Institutes at main campus in Norfolk, VA, are required.

Please visit the ODU graduate catalog for current curriculum details. 

Online Learning Environment

Attend class online on a regular schedule and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

This program requires students to attend two 2-week Summer Institutes at main campus in Norfolk, VA.

Careers in Career and Technical Education

  • Higher Education Faculty
  • Career and Technical Education Administrator/Director
  • Workforce Planner
  • Technology Consultant
  • Distance Education Specialist
  • Researcher

Note for students in Washington State from the Student Achievement Council:

"This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement."

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Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$523 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$568 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2018 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

In addition to admittance to ODU as a degree-seeking graduate student, you will need to have a master's degree in an appropriate field related to Occupational and Technical Studies in order to be considered for admission to this PhD in Education program.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.