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Technology Education

William H Darr School of Agriculture  

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William H Darr School of Agriculture
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5638
Email: Agriculture@MissouriState.edu

Career Preparation

A degree in technology education provides the knowledge and foundation that prepares students to teach technology education in public high schools. Students in this field take a variety of technical courses in communications, electronics, power, manufacturing processes, safety, and mechanical and structural systems, with electives in their area of interest. 

Due to increased rigor in curricular content, technology education graduates are in high demand, and attain starting salaries within a range of $25,000-$35,000. Students with a background in hands on technical problem solving abilities, who are creative thinkers, and who enjoy collaborative activities will find the teaching of technology education to be a satisfying and rewarding career.

Academic Program

Students completing the technology education program receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in technology education. Requirements for graduation include 44-49 hours of general education, a minimum of 45 hours of technical coursework, and coursework in technology education and secondary education to complete their requirements. Students pursuing this degree must have a 2.50 GPA to graduate and meet State of Missouri and Missouri State University professional teacher education degree requirements.

Technology education majors are also required to complete 16 weeks of student teaching in consultation with the supervising faculty member to be selected. High school courses in technology, math, and science will help prepare students for this course of study.


The following are representative of courses offered for the technology education major. Please consult the MSU catalog for course descriptions and specific degree requirements.

  • Communication
  • Power
  • Electricity/Electronics
  • Materials/Processes
  • Mechanical Practices
  • Structures
  • Safety
  • Teaching Industrial Education
  • Technology Education
  • Selection and Organization of Industrial Education

Faculty and Facilities

The technology education program is offered through the Department of Agriculture. The Agriculture Department has 16 full-time faculty members, 15 of whom hold doctoral degrees in their areas of specialization. In addition, hands on technical courses are taken at Ozark Technical College on state of the art facilities, taught by certified instructors.

Agriculture Department faculty members pride themselves on student advisement. Each student receives the individual attention needed to help assure success at the University.

Special Opportunities

Technology education majors are encouraged to participate in departmental and campus-wide student organizations of their choice. In addition, opportunities exist for service to the community in keeping with the public affairs mission of Missouri State University.

Students also participate in Skills USA contests at area technical schools, and help judge Technology Education Association of Missouri district and state contests. Governors’ and Presidential Scholarships are available to qualified students. Technology education faculty in conjunction with career planning and placement office at MSU, provide employment information and help every technology education major secure jobs in teaching.