Graduate Certificate in Career and Technical Education

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Career and Technical Education is ideal for those with occupation specific knowledge and skills to seek professional advancement in the field of career and technical education or who require professional knowledge courses for Nevada CTE certification. The Graduate Certificate in Career and Technical Education combines career and technical education teaching methodology with practical knowledge of curriculum development and techniques for advising student organizations. By completion of the Certificate, students will have the knowledge and skills for curriculum development and instruction implementation in their occupational area.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will understand central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of career and technical education;
  2. Students will plan for instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of career and technical education;
  3. Students will use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of career and technical education;
  4. Students will seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning.


While it is generally best for students to apply to and enter a certificate program first, and then apply to and enter the degree program that houses that certificate, it is also allowable for students to do the opposite. Accordingly, students who may already be in a degree program who now want to complete a certificate program that is related to that degree program can do so, however, they can only "share" credits between the certificate and the degree program, if they complete both together, or complete the certificate first and then the degree. Students may not return after earning a graduate degree and use their degree courses/credits toward earning a graduate certificate.

Certificate Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • EDW 733 Workforce Education Curriculum and Program Development [3] Fall (In-person only);
  • EDW 539 Methods of Teaching in Workforce Education [3] Summer and Fall (In-person only);
  • EDW 575 Performance-Based Education [3] Summer (Web-based only);
  • EDW 571 Advising Career & Tech Student Organizations [3] Spring (Hybrid)

Admission Requirement

Students must have a Bachelor's degree in any field to apply for this certificate. Qualified students must apply for admission to the Graduate College via the online application portal. All minimum Graduate College requirements MUST be met. Applicants, domestic and international, apply for admission through UNLV's Graduate College Admissions "Gateway." To gain login access to the Gateway, applicants must create an account.

Applications for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Career and Technical Education may be submitted at any time during an academic term (by March 15, June 1, and November 1 for the subsequent term).

Additional information about what you will be required to submit through the Gateway system is available on the UNLV Graduate College Admissions page and the UNLV Graduate College page.

Completion Requirements

Students must earn an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all courses for the certificate. Certificate will be awarded upon the student's successful completion of all certificate requirements.

Contact Information

Howard Gordon
Phone: 702-895-2729
Office: CEB 383

Assistant Professor
Xue (Cher) Xing
Phone: 702-895-2739
Office: CEB 382