Workforce and Program Development

Students enrolled in the Workforce and Program Development degree will develop valuable experience with faculty who have real world experience and associations within the Career and Adult Education field.


Is this program for me?

Choose this program if you are interested in a teaching or administrative career in one of the most rapidly growing fields in education today: Workforce Education. What is Workforce Education? It is agriculture and natural resources; arts, media, and entertainment; building trades and construction; education, child development, and family services; energy and utilities; engineering and design; fashion and interior design; finance and business; health science and medical technology; hospitality, tourism, and recreation; information technology; manufacturing and product development; marketing, sales, and service; public services; and transportation. Workforce Education is preparing the workforce of the future!

The Workforce and Program Development degree is for those students interested in pursuing a teaching certification, please contact the department for specific requirements.


Workforce and Program Development

Students who elect to pursue a degree in Workforce and Program Development graduate with multiple employment opportunities. Students enrolled in the program develop valuable experience with faculty members who have real world experience and associations within the Career and Technical (CTE) field. Upon completion of the requirements for the CTE Workforce and Program Development degree, students will be able to plan, supervise, conduct and evaluate training programs in business, industry, and government. Students who choose to pursue teacher certification are required to complete the Professional Education Minor (Professional Training Option - PTO) within the School of Education. Students may use these courses as their electives within the Workforce degree. Those who complete the PTO will be eligible for temporary certification to teach in middle schools, high schools, and Career and Technical Education centers. In addition to the Workforce and Program Development degree program, CTE offers a certificate for non–degree seeking students pursuing certification to teach.

Workforce and Program Development Degree Plan (PDF)

Download the Workforce and Program Development Academic Learning Compact: Workforce-and-Program-Development-ALC (PDF)

Download the Workforce and Program Development Curriculum Map: Workforce-and-Program-Development-(CMUG) SLOs and assessments (PDF)

View the UWF Online Catalog Course Description


For more information about the Workforce and Program Development degree, please contact Dr. Joy Valerio-Faessel (jvaleriofaessel@uwf.edu) at (850) 474-2869.


 What will I learn?

You will learn how to plan, supervise, conduct, and evaluate workforce and training programs in business, industry, and government. The program is designed for individuals to develop and implement training and educational materials to support employers, employees, as well as individuals who are underemployed or unemployed.  Graduates can expect to gain employment as trainers, career counselors or curriculum developers in a variety of organizations to support career and technical education initiatives.


Career Opportunities

Depending on the area of specialization that you select, your degree in Workforce and Program Development will help prepare you for any of several exciting careers in technology-based education:

  • Workforce Education Director
  • Workforce Education Cooperative Education
  • Workforce Education Teacher in Middle and High Schools
  • Teacher in Career and Technical Education Centers
  • Government Training Programs
  • Business Training Programs
  • Industry Training Programs
  • Adult and Continuing Education Programs

Why choose UWF?

Students enrolled in the Workforce and Program Development degree will develop valuable experience with faculty who have real world experience and associations within the Career and Adult Education field. Our Workforce Academic Learning Compact (PDF) is our promise to you of a quality education. Also, all of the Career and Technical Education core classes and content area courses are offered in an online learning environment, which is ideal for students who have full–time jobs or live outside the university’s immediate service area. Busy students are able to access assignments and post responses to discussion boards at their convenience. Through UWF’s online campus, students interact with classmates and professors in a diversified virtual classroom.


How do I get started?

There are three easy steps to get started:

  1. Review the Workforce and Program Development Degree Plan (PDF).
  2. Call the department (850-474-2300) and make an appointment to talk to an advisor.
  3. Complete an online application.

Interested in pursuing a Master's degree?

  • M. Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with a cognate in Career and Technical Studies

Choose Your Path

  • The M. Ed. with a Career & Technical Education cognate is designed to develop master teachers who are prepared for instructional and leadership roles in Workforce and Adult Education.
  • The undergraduate degree, Workforce and Program Development, requires 120 credit hours for completion. Students are encouraged to complete an AA or an AS prior to admission.

Online Learning Environment

The Workforce and Program Development degree (formerly Career and Technical Studies program) at the University of West Florida is tried and true! Our programs have been offered in an online format since 2003. The undergraduate program focuses on the transfer student, the non–traditional student, the re–entry student, as well as the student who is interested in pursuing a four–year degree. The graduate programs offer teachers and administrators an opportunity to complete an advanced degree while adding endorsements for Workforce Education and Workforce Director. The online environment provides busy students the capability to interact with classmates and professors in a diversified virtual classroom.

For additional information about the CTE degree programs at the
University of West Florida contact:
Dr. Joy Valerio-Faessel
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
(850) 474-2869
jvaleriofaessel@uwf.edu

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