PSU Technical Teacher Education

The Technical Teacher Education (TTED) program at Pittsburg State University (PSU), along with the Kansas Center for Career and Technical Education (KCCTE), strives to provide quality opportunities in the development and growth of competent Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers. The coursework is specifically geared toward assisting CTE teachers in acquiring their professional education skills and credentials.

Program Overview

A variety of degree programs are offered through the Technical Teacher Education department. Courses are offered as mediated (online), hybrid, and face-to-face during a five-year rotation schedule allowing teachers to complete a certificate or degree as a working professional. Face-to-face classes meet on Friday nights from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. three times within the semester. Hybrid courses meet two weekends within the semester, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, with some online components. Technical Teacher Education courses are available in Pittsburg, Salina, and Kansas City.

Degrees programs available include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education (Private Sector or Public Sector options)
  • Master of Science in Career and Technical Education with four options - Family & Consumer Science, College Teaching, Technology Education, and Technical Teacher Education.
  • Career and Technical Education Certificate
  • Career and Technical Education Administrator Certificate

Five Year Course Schedule

This program is designed for the following two types of students:

  1. persons who have completed a vocational-technical education program in an accredited public sector institution who have at least two years of work experience above the learner's level in one of the industrial or technical occupations taught in Kansas
  2. persons teaching or preparing to teach in Career and Technical Education programs

Some key components of this program include:

  • Instruction is provided in multiple Kansas locations: Pittsburg, Salina, and Kansas City.
  • Courses are offered in a weekend format or online to better accommodate full-time work schedules.
  • Credit is offered towards certification or undergraduate and graduate degree fulfillment for past work experience.
  • Courses are designed with an applied approach allowing students to take what they learn back to the classroom for immediate use.
  • Opportunities for networking with other CTE teachers surface in the format of the courses.
  • Coursework is designed to empower individuals entering the teaching profession from industry or enhance current teachers’ abilities to transfer personal expertise to their students.
  • Coursework is offered to meet the requirements for a state of Kansas CTE certificate.
  • Personal advisement is high priority among the faculty.

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Restricted Technical Education Certificate Information

For the Technical Education Certificate application please contact one of the following individuals at the Kansas State Department of Education Teacher Licensure and Accreditation:

Susan Helbert

Diana Stephan

PSU Courses that Match KSDE Requirements


National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Links

NOCTI Home Page

NOCTI Exam Area (Competency Tests)

The NOCTI test will be given as needed this year (2018) since the new CTE certification requires this to be done before school starts.

2018 Application Form - Word

2018 Application Form - PDF (for an online fillable form, please use the Chrome browser)


Frequently Asked Questions

TTED coursework is created to primarily serve two distinct groups of individuals: current instructors at the secondary and post-secondary level, and industry professionals.

Secondary and Post-Secondary Instructors: These individuals are already working within the educational system but geographic location and budget constraints may limit their ability to obtain current career and technical teacher education. These individuals will benefit from PSU's TTED course offerings.

Industry professionals: These individuals have technical expertise but do not yet possess the specialized skill set that is necessary to be a productive instructor. TTED offers a teaching certificate program, along with degree options, allowing these professionals to learn how to teach what they already know. The end result should be a powerful classroom instructor who can help train the next generation of industry professionals.

PSU’s TTED program offers a certificate and degree options. This program is designed to help individuals who have an occupational background, and have the desire to educate the future generation in their specific technical occupation. Many different backgrounds, educations, and work experience can be accommodated in this program. 
To receive the KSDE certification, candidates must complete and satisfactorily score on the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam. If current industry credentials are not held, a competency exam may be required (NOCTI). To receive a PSU Technical Teacher Education degree, there are no qualifying exams.

TTED Certificate: coursework is set up to finish in a 4-year time frame; however, most individuals complete this coursework in 2 years.

TTED Degree options: varies with background and previous education.

PSU tuition costs apply to all coursework for those seeking a PSU TTED certificate or degree.
Coursework is set up to help teachers meet the teaching certification requirements of the state and to meet PSU degree requirements.
TTED offers weekend face-to-face classes, mediated classes, and hybrid classes except for the new teacher workshop which is one week in the summer. Weekend classes are held on Friday nights from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each hybrid course meets two weekends within the semester. Face-to-face courses meet three weekends within the semester. Classes are offered at PSU, Salina, and Kansas City.
The first step necessary is to contact us and set up a consultation. During this consultation, you will be advised on entry-level requirements individual to your needs.
A high school diploma or transfer coursework from an accredited college or university (with 2.0 GPA) are the requirements necessary to enter the Technical Teacher Education program.