Course Prefix/Number: EVT 6669
Course Title: Trends and Issues in Career and Technical Education
Course Credit Hours: 3
Instructor Name and Contact Information:
Dr. Jill T. White, Associate Professor
Mailing address: 11000 University Parkway, Building 85/173
Pensacola, FL 32514
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by appointment only
Prerequisites or Co-Requisites: None. A background in career and/or adult education or
curriculum design is beneficial.
Basic philosophical and curricula trends and issues in vocational education at the international,
national, state, and local levels.
Purpose of Course:
EVT 6669, Trends and Issues in Vocational Education, also known as career and technical
education, includes a study of the basic philosophical curriculum trends and issues in career and
technical education at the international, national, state, and local levels. The course is a
requirement for the master's degree in vocational technical education. It is also a substitution for
EVT3065 Principles of Vocational Education, required for vocational certification or vocational
endorsements including cooperative vocational education or vocational director.
Major changes have recently affected the training and development of workers for the work force
of the future. The changes in certification of teachers, professional development, models for
delivery of secondary and post-secondary education delivery, legislation, local support,
demographics of the work force, social issues related to the work force, and ethical
considerations in training are a few of the trends and issues which the professional in vocational
education must be able to address. In addition, a major change in the structure of schools and
empowerment of educators is an issue for the 2000's.
EVT 6669 assists to develop the empowered person and professional in the roles as a theorist
and practitioner and as a critical thinker, problem solver, decision maker, lifelong learner, and
Goals of the Course:
To prepare students to meet the following accomplished practices mandated by the State of
Florida (address changed but Wave Series Lists similar information:
To prepare students to use appropriate Sunshine State Standards in teaching students
http://www.firn.edu/doe/curric/prek12/frame2.htm or uwf.edu/pals
1. Study of trends and issues in education in general and career and technical education
specifically by examining the sociological, historical, and philosophical impacts on education.
2. Awareness of critical issues and the complexity of educational thought in general and in
career and technical education and workforce development.
3. Application of educational theories and research into action.
4. Development of critical and analytical thinking skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete this course will demonstrate proficiency the following areas:
1. Identify the foundations and scope of workforce education trends and issues in our
2. Identify and analyze data that affects the future of Career and Technical Education in the
United States as well as globally.
Required Text: None
Journal of Vocational and Technical Education: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JVTE/
Carl Perkins Vocational Act: http://vocserve.berkeley.edu/LegislationLinks.html
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (5 edition). (2001).
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
NWREL’s Library in the Sky: http://www.nwrel.org/index.html
National Dissemination Center for CTE http://nccte.org/
National Center for Research in Vocational Education: http://vocserve.berkely.edu
Selected downloads from http://nccte.org/
Reserved and posted articles
Method of Instruction:
This is an on-line Internet course. The methods include teacher and student presentations using
PowerPoint and Discussions. Broadcast messages and the outline are used for instructional
purposes. Students will be involved in presenting the pro- or con- to a researched issue and will
be responding to the presentations of other students. Students will also be involved in conducting
research related to an approved trend or issue and making an on-line and phone-conference
presentation to the class during the last half of the class.
Grading / Evaluation:
Grading scale: The final letter grade for the course is awarded based upon the percentage of 100
94-100 A 83-86 B 73-76 C 63-66 D
90-93 A- 80-82 B- 70-72 C- 62-0 F
87-89 B+ 77-79 C+ 67-69 D+
Evaluation system / Course Requirements:
Modules Description of Modules Points for Each
Module 1 Issue: Research Report
General guidelines for assessment:
1.) Define the issue from a general
perspective and from a career and technical
2.) Take a stand on the issue, pro or
3.) Describe the impact of the issue on your
educational area. 20
4.) Best practices summary/discussion
related to the issue. 20
5.) Document research to support stand
(attach link of article or copy of article or 20
Criteria for this assignment: Each issue
research report is worth 100 points on the 100
due date. (Cover sheet, three page
maximum, DOUBLE-SPACED, 12 point
font, APA format)
Module 2 Panel Discussion