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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Workforce Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Workforce Education

In Heok Lee

Vocational education should serve the students, and they should be able to transition into a full career of their choice.

In Heok Lee, Ph.D.

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Overview

Earning your M.Ed. in Workforce Education is invaluable if you teach in a public school, a technical college or work in business and industry. This degree will provide you with the expertise to guide student learning in career and technical education for both academic and industry settings. The online Master of Education in Workforce Education program addresses the current skills you need to manage careers within a global economy, cultivate work ethic and communication skills, and develop capacity for innovation.

Offered through the Mary Frances Early College of Education, the University of Georgia’s online Master of Education in Workforce Education is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in education with a specialization in an area of Career and Technical Education (CTE) such as Agricultural, Business, Engineering and Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science Technology, Marketing or Trade and Industrial Education. The online Master of Education in Workforce Education program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. 

University of Georgia online Master’s in Education programs are ranked #7 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2023. 

Accreditations

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University of Georgia also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Admissions

Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  36 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 6

With proper approval, six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred onto the student’s program of study. A request for transfer of credit cannot be made until a student has been admitted at UGA as a prospective candidate for a degree. The transfer credit must be included on the program of study.

Courses to be transferred onto a graduate student transcript must meet the following requirements: taken at an accredited institution, falls within the 6-year course time limit, received a grade of B or better, and not used to fulfill requirements for another degree.

Online Master of Education in Workforce Education Admission Requirements

Prospective candidates for the Online Master of Education in Workforce Education must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably within a Career and Technical Education area however, other academic backgrounds will also be considered.  Admissions are evaluated holistically, and recommendations for admission are based on an applicant’s qualifications, recommendations, statement, match with faculty interests, and the program’s capacity. 

Among other indicators of academic promise, candidates should possess:

  • A strong undergraduate GPA with usual acceptance being 3.0 or higher.

Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor’s degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School.

Online Master of Education in Workforce Education Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International
  2. Select Campus – Online
  3. Select Intended Program – MED, Workforce Education (Career and Info Studies)[MED_WKED_ONL]
  4. Entrance Exam Scores-Send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813
    1. GRE or MAT (The GRE and MAT tests are waived for this program)
    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  5. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  6. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  7. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  8. Letters of Recommendation –  Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

  • Fall:  July 1
  • Spring:  November 15
  • Summer:  May 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring:  October 15
  • Summer:  February 15

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and student fees may change each year.

Based on the 2024-25 credit-hour cost, a person who had completed this program at the recommended pace would have paid $23,220 in tuition. Reference this sheet to identify the current credit hour rate for your program of interest.

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s tuition. 

This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Fees for those students enrolled in exclusively online programs are $411 per semester. 

Potential additional costs include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at https://osfa.uga.edu/costs/.

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and microphone are required.
  • High-speed internet access.

Curriculum

Online Master of Education in Workforce Education Program Structure

This fully online Master of Education in Workforce Education program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, consisting of 12, 3 semester-hour courses. Two courses are recommended each academic term (including summers).  Students are assigned an academic advisor who will advise them by telephone and/or e-mail.

Course Sequence (potential course options)

WFED 6990E – Basic Research Methods

WFED 6200E – Introduction to International Workforce Education

WFED 7560E – Diversity in Workforce Education & Work

WFED 6100E – Career Development

WFED 8000E – Technology in the Workplace

WFED 7090E – Critical Issues in Workforce Education

EDIT 6170E   – Instructional Design

WFED 8050E – Understanding the Global Marketplace

EMKT 6120E – Human Resource Foundations in Work-Based Education

ETES 7010E – Technology & Society

WFED 8320E – Innovation in Workforce Education

EBUS 6010E – Business Communication

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

Faculty

News & Events

US News Ranks UGA Online Programs Among Nation’s Best

February 7, 2024

U.S. News & World Report released their 2024 Best Online Programs rankings with several of the University of Georgia online programs in the top 10.

Student Profile: Whitney Van Atta’s Master’s in Workforce Ed Will Help Her Career Path Transition

May 26, 2016

Whitney Van Atta thought she had her career planned out when she graduated from Georgia Southern with a degree in business with an emphasis in marketing. However, Van Atta quickly realized that being directly in the business world was not for her. She worked in marketing for a bit, working for a sports social networking company and a trade show company. But it just wasn’t for her. She needed something else, and she found that in the Master of Education in Workforce Ed online program through the University of Georgia.

UGA Nationally Reaffirmed as a Top Military School

April 19, 2016

Once again, the University of Georgia has been nationally reaffirmed in 2016 as Military Friendly, Best for Vets and a Top Military College/University. Since the establishment of the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) in the spring of 2013, UGA has made significant progress in connecting student veterans to one another, as well as to campus and community resources. UGA continues to maintain active affiliation with both the Student Veterans of America and the Got Your Six campaign, where faculty and staff attend a training session to become certified as veteran-friendly.

See more news articles related to this program

Testimonials

“I chose UGA to achieve my online degree because they offered workforce education, and I wanted to teach high school, business classes. There aren’t a lot of schools that offer this program. After volunteering with a group of high school students, I realized I wasn’t happy in the 9-to-5 business world, what made me happy was seeing students grow, mature, and figure out who they want to be.”

Whitney Van Atta, ’16

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