Workforce Education and Development

About Workforce Education and Development

Workforce educators teach students of all ages the skills necessary to succeed in technical fields and other areas that require specific knowledge. Most students seeking a degree in workforce education and development have extensive career experience in their chosen fields. Students in the workforce education and development program at Valdosta State University can pursue one of two options in their quest to become professional educators: workforce training and development or secondary career-technical education.

Workforce Education and Development at Valdosta State University

The Valdosta State workforce education and development program with a workforce training and development option is designed for students who are interested in teaching or training in postsecondary settings, including technical institutes and colleges, community colleges, private industries, community and social services agencies, and the military. Students develop and refine their instructional planning, delivery and evaluation skills and rely on their previous work experiences to help prepare them to serve as instructors in their chosen technical fields. The workforce education and development program with a secondary career-technical education option is designed for students who are currently teaching or who are planning to enter the secondary education classroom in the fields of workforce education and development or health care science technology education. Graduates of the program become certified to teach students in 7th-12th grade.


  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Workforce Education and Development (B.S.E.)


Workforce Training and Development

Secondary Career-Technical Education 

About the Workforce Education and Development Curriculum


Students in the workforce education and development program become familiar with professional, state and institutional standards and have a good understanding of the content they plan to teach, instructional strategies and discipline-related pedagogy. Students learn to analyze educational research findings and incorporate new information into their practice and can assess and analyze student learning. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume teaching positions within their chosen field in a variety of settings. Students who pursue the secondary career-technical education option focus on the development of skills related to the planning, delivery and evaluation of instructional experiences aimed at secondary technical/career students. In addition to completing core courses and major courses, students who select this option must also take a designated number of health-related courses.

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  • Community college instructor
  • Corporate instructor
  • Corporate trainer
  • Educational administrator
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Military school instructor
  • Postsecondary teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Social services instructor
  • Teaching assistant
  • Technical college instructor

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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