Department of Environmental and Technological Studies


CTE License

CTE license

  1. Core skills - Includes four courses and is required for all CTE licenses.
    • ETS650 (Spring semesters) - Contemporary Instructional Strategies in Technology Education & CTE
      • Textbook - Available online as part of coursework.
    • ETS673 (Spring semesters) - Foundations of Technology Education
      • Textbook - The History and Growth of Career and Technical Education  in America 4th ed. (2014) Gordon (Available from online retailers)
    • ETS690 (Fall semesters) - Lab Safety and Maintenance in CTE and TE
      • Textbook - No textbook - online resources provided.
    • ETS694 (Fall semesters) - Philosophy and Practice of CTE and TE
      • Textbook - Optional textbooks as resources available from online retailers - see syllabus
  2. Content area - This will be a portfolio submitted for one of the four trades and industry areas.
    • Guides are listed below for each content area.


There are two options for taking courses:  The courses will be offered online. Two classes will be offered each fall and spring. Classes are eight weeks in length. This is an endorsement to an existing license. It is expected that most portfolio reviews will take place during the summer.


Here are guidelines (PDFs) for the portfolios:


There is a grant / loan program for graduate courses but you need to be admitted to the graduate program.  Details are at: 


Summer workshop schedule: 

Technology Education MS

All of the courses in the CTE license are part of our Technology Education graduate program and count toward the degree if you choose to complete your Master of Science degree.


If you have questions, please contact Kurt Helgeson at or 320-308-3127.