Workforce Education and Development

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The School of Education offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science in Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Information about either program may be obtained by contacting the Office of Graduate Programs in Workforce Education and Development at 618-453-3321.

This program requires a nonrefundable $65 application fee that must be submitted with the application for Admissions to Graduate Study in Workforce Education and Development. Applicants may pay this fee by credit card, by personal check, cashier's check, or money order made out to SIU, and payable to a U.S. Bank.

Master of Science in Education Degree

The master's degree with a major in Workforce Education and Development is designed to accommodate a broad range of individuals preparing for training, instructional, and administrative roles in career and technical education, human resources, business, industry, government, and other fields. Admission requirements are as follows:

  • A 2.7 GPA of a completed Bachelor's degree.
  • A career goal consistent with the mission of the Department.
  • Relevant professional or technical experience (at least two years is recommended).

For students with a background in training or education, the major consists of a minimum of 32 semester hours of course work for the thesis option and 36 semester hours for the non-thesis option. For students with backgrounds in fields other than education, two foundation courses (WED 486 and WED 466) are required. These two courses are not counted as part of the required hours for the thesis or non-thesis program. A grade of B or higher is required for each course. Program requirements are organized into professional core requirements and specialty area courses. A grade of B or higher is required for each professional core course, and a 3.0 GPA is required for the specialty area courses. At least 50% of the courses taken to complete the Master of Science in Education Program must be 500-level. 

Professional Core Requirements

For the thesis option, the core consists of four courses (14 hours): WED 560, WED 561, WED 566, and WED 593.

Specialty Area Courses

The component consists of 18 hours (thesis option) or 24 hours (non-thesis option) of course work relevant to a student's career goals. Technical courses, professional courses, and internships may be included. Courses may be taken within the department or in other units of the college or University.


In accordance with Graduate School requirements, students in the thesis option must complete a thesis (WED 599) showing evidence of the student's knowledge of research techniques. Upon completion of the thesis, a final oral examination of the research is conducted by the student's advisory committee.

The program of study is individually tailored based upon the student's background, interests, and career goals. Program graduates are employed in career and technical education at the secondary and postsecondary levels and in training positions in such fields as aviation management, business, automotive technology, family and consumer science, industrial management and applied engineering, agricultural education, and career development. In business environments, graduates work in employee/industrial/management training, health care administration, and human resource environments. Graduates also work in various levels of government in such fields as education, military service, and personnel training.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education

Advanced studies leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in education with a concentration in workforce education and development is offered through the Department of Workforce Education and Development. The concentration is a broad, general leadership and professional development degree that serves professionals having knowledge, experience, and interests in the fields of: (a) career and technical education; (b) career education; and (c) employment and training, or related fields.

Persons seeking admission to the program must meet all requirements for admission established by: (a) the Graduate School of the University; (b) the College of Education and Human Services; and (c) the Department of Workforce Education and Development. It is required that applicants possess a background of academic and professional experience which will provide a basis for advanced study and research. More specifically, the program is designed for individuals with a background in teaching, program administration, or training and development. Admission to the concentration is determined by a vote of the graduate faculty of the Department of Workforce Education and Development. The Department of Workforce Education and Development will only accept fall admissions applications for the doctoral program.

The program of study consists of 64 hours beyond the master's degree and includes a 6-hour professional seminar sequence in the College of Education and Human Services, at least 9 hours of approved research tools, a 15-hour departmental core, 10 hours of supportive studies, and 24 hours of dissertation credit.