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Career & Technical Education, Accelerated Master of Education
Earn your Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) and Master of Education (MEd) in Career and Technical Education (CTE) in as little as 5 years total, by working on bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements simultaneously!
What is an accelerated program?
- You gain deferred admission to the MEd-CTE program as an undergraduate
- The accelerated MEd allows you to take additional graduate level courses towards the MEd CTE program as an undergraduate student at the undergraduate tuition rate. Until Bachelor’s requirements are completed, you are charged at the undergraduate tuition rate and retain eligibility for undergraduate scholarships (and financial aid).
- However, you cannot complete both degrees in the same semester; there will be at least one semester in which you will be a graduate student. Apply for graduation from the undergraduate degree when those requirements have been met.
How it works
- This program allows you to use up to 12 units of your BSEd CTE coursework (subject to restrictions) in the Concentration section of the MEd program of study – this can reduce the additional units needed to complete the MEd to as low as 18 units (instead of 30 units)
- Complete up to four CTE-prefix 500-level courses (excluding CTE 591), CTE 401, CTE 431, CTE 486, and/or CTE 496 for your BSEd’s core electives (or other 400 level CTE course as approved by faculty advisor) and then also use these credit hours in the concentration of the MEd-CTE degree.
- A transfer student with 90 completed hours can complete the BSEd and the MEd in as little as 2 years!
Option 1 (full-time status):
|Option 2 (full-time status):|
|First year: complete 10 courses as an undergraduate student (Include at least 6 hours of 500 level coursework and 6 hours from CTE 401, 431, 486 and/or 496 for the core electives and all 4 courses count toward MEd!)||First year: complete 10 courses as an undergraduate student (All undergraduate BSEd-CTE core classes except CTE495c, include at least 6 hours of 500 level coursework and 6 hours from CTE 401, 431, 486 and/or 496 for the core electives, and CTE591)|
|Second year: complete 6 courses as a graduate student.|
|Second year/first semester: complete 4 courses as undergraduate student (CTE 495c and 3 MEd courses)|
Second year/second semester: complete last 3 MEd courses as a graduate student
- Save a year in school (savings in tuition and fees)
- Reduce the number of additional hours you need to complete your master’s by using 12 hours of undergraduate coursework to count toward your graduate coursework
- Complete graduate coursework as an undergraduate (reduced tuition and different financial aid options)
- We will pay your graduate application fee ($65)
- Increased competitiveness in the job market
- Salary potential increases
- Increased breadth of knowledge
- Enhanced research and analytical skills
- Getting into a doctoral program, even those that accept entry directly from a bachelor’s increase as you have proven success in graduate education
- Be currently admitted to the BSEd CTE degree (only currently admitted BSEd students are eligible to apply for the accelerated program).
- Complete the online application for Graduate Admission prior to BSEd CTE graduation (make sure to select the Accelerated Program in the application).
- Complete 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework of which:
- A minimum of 12 semester hours must be completed at Northern Arizona University with a minimum NAU cumulative grade point average of 3.00
- At least 12 earned undergraduate credits in the major with a grade point average of 3.00 before beginning graduate coursework.
- Admission to the MEd CTE program is conditional. To maintain eligibility for the accelerated bachelor and master’s degree, the student must maintain an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 and a major grade point average of 3.0. Upon successful completion of your BSEd CTE, you will be granted full admission to the MEd CTE program.