Why Major in Technical Education?

Rapid technological changes have generated strong demand for technical teachers in Michigan. Graduates of the technical education degree program can expect excellent career opportunities in industry, secondary and vocational education.

Technical skills and the training to teach them to others are a valuable combination in education today. If you relate well to others and enjoy working with your hands and mind, you are well suited for a worthwhile and rewarding career in technical education.

Advance Your Career with a Technical Education Degree

The Ferris State University technical education degree program provides a balanced mix of courses in three major areas: professional education, field experience and liberal arts education. About a third of the courses required for graduation from the technical education degree program will be in the major's chosen field. Technical education degree students also must complete technical education work experience. A field experience in which technical education degree students work with young people in public schools is required, along with a full-time directed teaching assignment in a vocational/technical program at an area vocational center or high school.

Technical Education College Graduates Get Great Jobs

Known for its technical, hands-on programs, Ferris State University offers technical education students diverse opportunities including automotive, electronics, welding, industrial and HVACR technology or computer assisted design and manufacturing.

Technical Education Bachelor's Degree
Admission Requirements

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. College students transferring into the technical education degree program with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. College students transferring into the technical education degree program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult the technical education degree program description for other admission requirements.

Admission to the Technical Education Degree Program requires the completion of one of the following:

  • 1. An A.A.S. Degree with at least 40 semester hours in the occupational major and a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the major courses.

  • OR

  • 2. Occupational competence documented by the Michigan Occupational Competency Assessment Center (MOCAC).

College Degree Technical Education
Graduation Requirements

The technical education degree program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates of the technical education degree program must complete all of FSU's general education, technical, and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult technical education degree program description for other technical education graduation requirements.

If you would like more information on Technical Education Bachelor's Degree Programs at Ferris State University call (231) 591-2000.

  • About Ferris State University: College classes including our Technical Education degree program, are taught at all levels by professional teachers, not graduate assistants. College students that major in Technical Education at Ferris State University, study in more than 170 different college educational programs - including doctorate degrees, masters degrees, bachelors degree Technical Education and associate degree Technical Education programs. 

    More than 180 educational programs - including doctorates, master's, bachelor's and associate degrees - are offered through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Kendall College of Art and Design.

    Ferris State University offers a wide variety of scholarships and financial aid. A majority of our students receive financial aid assistance. We encourage you to explore this website for more information on available scholarships and financial aid opportunities at Ferris State University. Ferris State provides all enrolled students access to a variety of academic skill-building opportunities that will assist them in their pursuit of academic excellence in a format that accommodates various learning preferences and schedules. At FSU students experience small classes with individual attention in 170 career-oriented majors leading to job placement for our graduates. FSU students also enjoy 220 student organizations for fun in a relaxed, hometown setting in the heart of Michigan's recreation area.

    The group presentation, by one of our admissions recruiters, includes information on academic offerings, scholarships, housing, student life, and costs. A question and answer period follows the presentation and includes a few surprises! Lunch is provided at one of our well known dining facilities on campus. After lunch, guests may take part in a walking tour of campus led by one of our exceptional student guides. The walking tour takes approximately 1 hour.

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