Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

CAREER, TECHNOLOGY AND LEADERSHIP EDUCATION
(Formerly Vocational Education)

The Department of Community and Leadership Development offers the Master of Science degree in Career, Technical and Leadership Education. This degree includes both a Career and Technical Education (CTE) option and a Community and Leadership Development (CLD) option. In either option, students have considerable flexibility in planning a program that meets individual needs.

Career and Technical Education

Formerly known as Vocational Education, the Career and Technical Education option focuses on developing excellent teaching skills. The program prepares students for professional certification at the rank II level. (Initial certification also is available in this option.) Students not interested in certification may design a program to meet their unique education interests. Conducted jointly with faculty from the Department of Family Studies, CTE allows students to concentrate in either Agricultural or Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The CTE option is designed for educators, both formal and nonformal. Public school teachers, extension agents and other agricultural educators are welcome in the graduate program. Faculty focus on innovative teaching and research to prepare future and current public school teachers and other professional educators in agriculture for successful careers.

Limited assistantships are available for students wishing to pursue an M.S. degree full-time. The assistantship covers tuition (not fees), health insurance and includes a monthly stipend for fall and Spring semesters. It is best that you apply for an assistantship the Fall semester before you would like the assistantship. Official assistantship offers can only be made to students who have been admitted into the program. Students can have assistantship support for up to two years - after the first year, the student is evaluated and the second year of support is granted based upon satisfactory or better performance.

Community and Leadership Development

The Community and Leadership Development option accommodates a wide variety of individuals from diverse settings such as administration, nonprofit organizations, communications, public service, adult education, and Cooperative Extension. CLD is designed to help emerging and established leaders develop the fundamental skills needed to solve community problems and work effectively for community change.

The Community and Leadership Development option requires the following core courses:
CLD 665 Program Development and Evaluation (3 hrs.)
CLD 675 Community Development and Leadership Communications (3 hrs.)
CLD 680 Community Development Theory and Practice (3 hrs.)
CLD 682 Applied Research Methods in Community Development and Leadership (4 hrs.)
CLD 750 Practicum in Community and Leadership Development (3 hrs.)

Students will then complete an additional 14 hours of graduate course work in a supporting specialty area. Students will work with their graduate committee to identify the courses which best suit their professional interests.

Program Plans and Requirements

Students in both the Career and Technical Education and the Community and Leadership Development options choose either a thesis plan (Plan A) which requires the students to conduct research and write and defend a thesis or a non-thesis plan (Plan B). In addition to the thesis, Plan A requires at least 24 hours of course work with a cumulative standing of 3.0 or better. Plan B requires at least 30 semester hours of course work with cumulative standing of 3.0 or better and completion of a major position paper and/or portfolio and a comprehensive exam.
The Career and Technical Education option requires 12 hours in Agricultural Education or Family and Consumer Sciences Education courses for the thesis plan and 15 hours for the non-thesis plan. If teacher certification is sought, additional requirements must be met.

Funding

The Department of Community and Leadership Development has a limited number of graduate assistantships to support qualified students in the Career, Technical and Leadership Education program. Those students who do not receive funding upon entry into the program are eligible for consideration in subsequent years. Decisions about funding are made in annual evaluations of student performance. Students must make systematic progress toward their degree to ensure continued funding for the second year of study. Students will not receive more than two years of departmental support.

Admission

The University of Kentucky is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status or physical or mental disability.
Admission to the graduate program in Career, Technical and Leadership Education is based on a combination of the following factors: undergraduate GPA, letters of reference, GRE scores, fit between applicant's professional experience and goals and the program's focus and resources, and, in some cases, a personal interview. To receive full consideration, the application deadline is April 1 for fall semester admission to the program and October 1 for spring semester admission.

What is the Graduate Admissions Committee looking for?

There is much debate about the utility of standardized indicators in predicting success in a graduate or professional program. We believe that a minimum GRE score of 450 on the verbal section and 500 on the quantitative section are important indicators that you have the basic skills essential for success in our graduate program. Similarly, we believe that a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 represents another indicator of your capacity to succeed in our graduate program.

A GRE score or an undergraduate GPA below these thresholds will lead to a closer examination of all application materials. In these cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills to be successful in the graduate program despite their GRE score or their undergraduate GPA. For example, an applicant might note that they had achieved a 3.2 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate program.

In the absence of both adequate GRE and undergraduate GPA scores, if admission is granted, it is a provisional admission pending successful completion of 2 courses (500 level or higher) in the graduate program for which admission is being sought with a grade of “B” in each course.

Potential students should send the following materials to the University of Kentucky Graduate Admissions Office:

After The Graduate School determines that the minimum requirements for admission have been satisfied, application materials are sent to the Career, Technical and Leadership Education program for a final decision on admission.

In addition to the materials sent to The Graduate School, potential students should obtain a departmental application on-line at and then complete it and return it to:

Director of Graduate Studies
Career, Technical and Leadership Education
Department of Community and Leadership Development
500 Garrigus Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0215

For more information about graduate study in Career, Technical and Leadership Education, write to the above address, phone 859-257-7581 or e-mail: dgscld@uky.edu.

GRADUATE COURSES

AED 501 PRACTICUM IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 501) (1-12)

AED 535 PRINCIPLES AND PHILOSOPHY OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 535) (3)

AED 580 METHODS OF TEACHING VOCATIONAL EDUCATION I (SAME AS HEE 580) (3)

AED 586 METHODS IN TEACHING VOCATIONAL EDUCATION II (SAME AS HEE 586) (3)

AED 590 PROBLEMS IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 590) (3)

AED 670 ADVANCED METHODS IN TEACHING VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 670) (3)

AED 671 YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 671) (3)

AED 678 SELECTING TEACHING MATERIALS (SAME AS HEE 678) (3)

AED 679 ADULT EDUCATION IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 679) (3)

AED 684 CURRENT TRENDS IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 684) (3)

AED 686 EVALUATION IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 686) (3)

AED 693 SUPERVISION IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 693) (3)

AED 694 THE ADMINISTRATION OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 694/EDA 694) (3)

AED 695 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 695) (3)

AED 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (SAME AS HEE 748) (0)

AED 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (SAME AS HEE 768) (1-6)

AED 779 SEMINAR IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 779) (1-3)

AED 789 INDEPENDENT WORK IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 789) (1-3)

AED 799 RESEARCH IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS HEE 799) (1-3)

EDV 516 PROBLEMS OF THE COORDINATOR IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (2-3)

EDV 517 DETERMINING TEACHING CONTENT IN MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTIVE EDUCATION (2-3)

EDV 528 TECHNIQUES OF TEACHING MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTIVE EDUCATION (2-3)

EDV 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

EDV 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

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