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B.A. Degree in Career and Technical Studies (BACTS)

  • Replaces the Bachelor of Vocational Education (BVE) Degree
  • Requirements (74-85 units)
  • Total units required for graduation: 180

Admission to the Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Career and Technical Studies (BCTS) is designed to provide candidates with significant occupational and teaching experience the opportunity to have that experience count as partial credit toward a baccalaureate degree. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent and five years of work experience and/or education directly related to each subject the candidate teaches.

In order to qualify for a Career and Technical Evaluation of Competency (CTEC) applicant must have at least three years of full-time work experience, at least 1500 clock hours of teaching experience.

Applicants must be admitted to the university and should take EVOC 335, Introduction to Career and Technical Studies, within the first academic year.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter units of college credit:
    1. At least 45 of these units must be completed as a regularly enrolled student at this university;
      Note: Up to 105 quarter units of lower-division course work may be accepted as transfer credit from an accredited community college or other accredited postsecondary educational institutions.
    2. At least 60 of these units must be in upper-division course work;
    3. Eighty-two of these units must be in the area of general education as specified in the general education requirements (see general B.A. requirements in University Bulletin);
    4. Thirty-four to 45 of these units must result from Career and Technical Evaluation of Competency (CTEC) of the applicant's occupational and teaching experience;
    5. Forty of these units must be in the Career and Technical Studies courses;
  2. Students must earn a grade point average of 2.0 ('C') or better in all work attempted and 3.0 ('B') or better in all professional education courses attempted;
  3. Students must complete the upper-division writing requirement (EDUC 306);
  4. Students must complete the history, constitution, and government requirements;
  5. Students must be recommended for graduation by the faculty of the university.

Requirements for the B.A. in Career and Technical Studies:

Career and Technical Studies courses (40 units)

  1. ECTS 335. Introduction to Career and Technical Studies (4)
  2. ECTS 435. Trends and Issues in Career and Technical Programs (4)
  3. ECTS 501. Principles and Methods for Teaching Designated Subjects (4)
  4. ECTS 502. Instructional Support for Teaching Designated Subjects (4)
  5. ECTS 503. Contemporary Issues in Teaching Designated Subjects (4)
  6. ECTS 504. Principles of Adult Education (4)
  7. ECTS 518. Field Work in Designated Subjects (4)
  8. ECTS 519. Computer Applications for Career and Technical Educators (4)
  9. ECTS 520. Curriculum Development for Career and Technical Programs (4)
  10. ECTS 521. Assessing Student Programs (4)

Career and Technical Evaluation of Competency (CTEC) (34-45 units)

The equivalent of 34-45 quarter units of experience must be verified through written examinations, portfolios, personal interviews, demonstrations, and/or other appropriate means of documentation.

For further information contact Dr. Andrew Hughes.
BA CTS Program Coordinator via e-mail at: