Technical Education

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

Why Choose Technical Education?

Rapid technological changes have generated strong demand for technical teachers in Michigan. Graduates 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.

The Ferris State University technical education 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 will be in the major's chosen field. Technical education students also must complete occupational work experience. A field experience in which 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 17 or 900 SAT. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.

Admission to the Technical Education curriculum requires the completion of one of the following:

  • 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.

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

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Teacher Certification Requirements

As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) meet the MDE (CAEP) cohort requirements, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors (where appropriate), and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.



Graduation Requirements

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

More Information

College of Education & Human Services
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361

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Required Courses
Credit Hours

Professional Education Sequence

Admission to the Technical Education curriculum requires the completion of one of the following: 1. An A.A.S Degree with at least 40 semester credit hours in the chosen occupational major, and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or 2. Occupational competence documented by the Michigan Occupational Comptenency Assessment Center (MOCAC).

Level II

Note: Prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program and Level II courses, students must take sections of the Professional Readiness Exam, complete all Professional Education Prerequisite courses with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, with no grade lower than a C (2.0), have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements. Students may have no more than two repeats in Level I coursework.
School and Work and Society
Secondary General Methods I
Fndtions of Career & Tech Ed I
Fndations Career & Tech Ed II
Teaching Special Needs
Secondary General Methods II
Tchg Reading-Secondary Areas

Level I

Note: Students seeking admission to teacher education candidacy must meet all university requirements for admission to the specific program they wish to enter.
Intro to the Professn of Teach
Life Span Human Growth - Devel
Principles Teaching - Learning

Level III

Note: Prior to student teaching and professional seminar (Level III courses), students must obtain the appropriate GPA for their major/minor as established by each department, earn an overall GPA of 2.75 in the professional education courses, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements.
Student Teaching
FIELD EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT:  Two years (4000 hours) of recent (within the last (6) years) and relevant (within the desired occupational major) of wage earning work experience is required for this degree.

Work Experience Internship may be taken for up to a 1000 of these hours required through the class EDUC 391.
Work Experience Internship
4 TO 8
NOTE: STUDENTS MUST OBTAIN THE APPROPRIATE GPA FOR THEIR MAJOR/MINOR AS ESTABLISHED BY EACH DEPARTMENT. A 2.75 GPA IS REQUIRED IN THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE SEQUENCE. A 2.50 CUMULATIVE GPA IS ALSO REQUIRED BEFORE STUDENT TEACHING. NOTE: Though faculty advisors are responsible for advising students regarding degree requirements, it is the student who is ultimately responsible for choosing the correct courses and for following the correct program.