Workforce Education and Development Requirements

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The Department of Workforce Education and Development offers a major in Workforce Education and Development with specializations in: (a) Organizational Training and Development; and (b) Career and Technical Education. Graduates with the degree under the Organizational Training and Development specialization are prepared for such positions as instruction and learning (training) specialist, training curriculum developer/instructional systems designer, human resource specialist, or internal auditor/training evaluator in private sector training departments.  Students may pursue a State Illinois Professional Educator License with an endorsement in the following areas: Business, Marketing, and Computer Education; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health Careers; Technology Education. A grade of C or better is required in all teacher education coursework. Eligible teacher candidates may elect to apply for Capstone. Graduates with a degree in Workforce Education and Development under the Career and Technical Education specialization are prepared for teaching positions in public secondary career/technical education programs. On approval of the department, students may complete a minor in WED major within the Organizational Training and Development specialization. A grade of C or better is required in all WED prefix courses. Eligible students may elect to apply for Capstone.

Bachelor of Science (BS) Workforce Education and Development

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
WED Core Requirement: WED 466 3
Recommended Courses for Major in Workforce Education and Development 78
Total 1 120

1 42 hours of upper level (300-400) coursework is required to meet Senior Institution Hours.

Organizational Training and Development Specialization

The purpose of the Organizational Training and Development (OTD) specialization is to prepare people for training and development positions in corporate, apprenticeship, proprietary, government, military and volunteer organizations, as well as, community colleges and other post-secondary technical institutions. OTD students are prepared in the areas of instruction and learning, training program development, administration, and supervision. Also, the OTD specialization establishes a sound academic base for advanced study in the WED graduate concentration. OTD graduates are prepared as technical instructors, occupational analysts, curriculum designers, curriculum writers, managers, supervisors, and
related training and development positions.

The OTD specialization is comprised of “Regular” and “Capstone” options. Both options have University Core, Professional Sequence, Occupational Training, and Work Experience requirements. The semester hours posted for each area represent the minimum number of semester hours needed to complete the 120 semester hour requirement for graduation.

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
WED Core Requirement: WED 466 3
Recommended Professional Sequence 33
WED 381, WED 382, WED 460, WED 461, WED 462, WED 463, WED 465, WED 468, WED 469, WED 486, WED 498
Occupational Training: 29 semester hours minimum 29
WED 259 and/or WED 359, and technical/professional transfer work
Work experience: 16 semester hours minimum 16
WED 258 and/or WED 358
Total 120

Career and Technical Education Specialization

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 1 39
To include MATH 101 or MATH 108; PSYC 102; EDUC 211; EDUC 214 Family and Consumer Sciences also requires: CHEM 106 or CHEM 140A and HND 101
Requirements for Major in Workforce Education and Development 46
WED Core Requirement: WED 466 3
Professional Education Requirements - See below for each content area.
Specialization Requirements 2 32
Total 120

1 Capstone = 30; UCC = 39.

2 Teacher candidates choosing the health career option in the Career and Technical Education specialization must: (1) have an Associates Degree in Nursing; (2) qualify for admission to Capstone; and (3) complete the core requirement and 57 semester hours beyond the 60 semester hours earned in the Associates degree. Teacher candidates choosing the technology education option in the Career and Technical Education specialization must: (1) have an Associate in Applied Science Degree; (2) qualify for admission to Capstone; and (3) complete the core requirements and 57 semester hours beyond the 60 semester hours earned in the Associates degree. For those teacher candidates intending to receive state teacher licensure, additional courses may be required. Career and Technical Education Specialization teacher candidates selecting this specialization will complete teacher licensure requirements as identified by the ISBE Division of Educator Licensure for their selected career and technical education option.

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Business, Marketing and Computer Education

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
ACCT 220; ACCT 230 or ACCT 240 6
ECON 240; ECON 241 6
FIN 270 or FIN 280 3
MGMT 208 / ACCT 208 / FIN 208 3
WED 427 or MKTG 305 3
MGMT 304 3
MATH 139 3
Requirements for Major in Workforce Education and Development 24
WED 404, WED 405, WED 407, WED 413, WED 416A, WED 416B, WED 472, WED 473
(For Business Computer Programming certification, an additional six hours of pre-approved courses in computer programming or systems analysis is required)
WED Core Requirement: WED 466 3
Professional Education Requirements 24
EDUC 301, EDUC 302, EDUC 303, EDUC 308, EDUC 313, EDUC 319, and EDUC 401
Additional Education Requirement: CI 360 3
Total 120

Family and Consumer Sciences

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
CI 227, CI 237, CI 327, CI 337 12
FIN 200 3
MKTG 305 3
CHEM 106 or CHEM 140A 3-4
Requirements for Major in Workforce Education and Development
WED Core Requirement: WED 466 3
WED 413, WED 416C, WED 416D, WED 420, WED 427, WED 472, WED 473 21
Additional hours of pre-approved courses required for licensure in designated areas of Fashion Design and Merchandising and/or Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Hospitality and Tourism Administration and/or Living Environments 9
Professional Education Requirements or pre-approved career electives for Educational Services/Extension 24
EDUC 301, EDUC 302, EDUC 303, EDUC 308, EDUC 313, EDUC 319 and EDUC 401
Additional Education Requirement: CI 360 3
Total 120-122

Technology Education

Admission: Completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree (minimum of 60 semester hours - 48 hours of technical courses plus 12 hours of transferred University Core Curriculum courses), credentialed through national or Illinois occupational/industry skills standards system in the industrial occupation that the teacher candidate will teach, and admitted to the Capstone Option.

Technology Education

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Requirements for Major in Workforce Education and Development
WED 403 or WED 404 or WED 474 3
WED 413, WED 416F, WED 259, WED 460 12
WED Core Requirement: WED 466 3
Professional Education Requirements 24
EDUC 301, EDUC 302, EDUC 303, EDUC 308, EDUC 313, EDUC 319 and EDUC 401
Additional Education Requirement: CI 360 3
Electives 12
Total 57

Health Careers

Admission: Completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing (minimum of 60 hours – 45 hours of technical nursing courses plus 15 hours of transferred University Core courses), licensed through the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, and admitted to the Capstone Option.

Health Careers

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
WED 404, WED 407, WED 413, WED 416E, WED 460 15
WED Core Requirement: WED 466 3
Professional Education Requirements 24
EDUC 301, EDUC 302, EDUC 303, EDUC 308, EDUC 313, EDUC 319 and EDUC 401
Electives 12
Additional Education Requirement: CI 360 3
Total 57

Workforce Education and Development Minor

A minor in Workforce Education and Development consists of 20 hours. The student and advisor plan minors for Workforce Education and Development.