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Career and Technical Education (Ed.D.)

(Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction)

Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instructions (CTE) 

The doctoral program in Career and Technical Education (CTE) is designed to provide a rigorous and intellectually stimulating experience compatible with the graduate student’s needs and goals and the requirements of career and technical education in the future. The program of study provides the student with competence in areas such as foundations, research, and leadership. Graduates of the program have assumed leadership positions and have followed professional careers in education, government, and the private sector.

The graduate student may develop a program of study leading the Doctor of Philosophy degree. For either program, at least 60 semester credits of post-master’s degree courses are required. The five components included in the program of study for either degree include:

  • Professional education studies,
  • Applied area of study in CTE,
  • Research and evaluation studies,
  • Cognate studies, and
  • Dissertation research

Doctoral students have two types of degrees from which to choose, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Career and Technical Education.

  • Ph.D. : Theory based, emphasizes theoretical research, intended for individuals wishing to work in the college and university arena
  • Ed.D. : Practitioner’s degree, intended for individuals wishing to work in PreK-12 education (public or private) or industry work force development


Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Vocational and Technical Education
  • Marketing Education
  • Vocational Special Needs Education
  • Marketing and Distributive Educators

Bill Price

Bill Price, Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Technical Skills Across Occupations
  • Trends In The World Of Work
  • Labor Market Skill Gaps
  • Best Practices In Workforce Development    

Joseph Mukuni, Visiting Asst Professor

Joseph Mukuni, Visiting Assistant Professor

Career and Technical Education Research Highlights

Recent Faculty Publications:

Mukuni, J., & Price, B. (2016). Identifying connections between career and technical education (Career and Technical Education) and academic programs through standards of learning. International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education, 8(4), 25-34

Mukuni, J., Price, W. (2014). Implementation challenges of a donor funded development project: Lessons learned through a deep-end strategy while implementing a development program in Zambia. Journal of African Studies and Development, Vol. 6(1)(EF19DD842921), 7.

Mukuni, J. & Price, B. (2013). Portability of technical skills across occupations: A Case for demolition of disciplinary silos? International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education. pp. 21 – 28. DOI: 10.5897/IJVTE2013.0131

Students interested in applying to the Career and Technical Education (Ed.D.)  should contact the program leader, Dr. Bill Price, by email at or by phone at 540-231-7390.    

Visit our office at Suite 201 in the Public Safety Building (0313), 330 Sterrett Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Domestic Application
Spring: January 1
Summer I: May 1
Summer II: June 1
Fall:  August 1
International Application
Spring: September 1
Summer I: January 1
Summer II: February  1
Fall: April 1


Dr. Bill Price
Program Leader
Public Safety Building
Suite 201
330 Sterrett Drive

School of Education (SOE) Programs

School of Education
Public Safety Building
Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061