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EdD in CTE Cohorts

The fall term at UW-Stout is well underway.   We are thrilled to have held our first on-campus meeting of the 2014 Ed.D. CTE Cohort – now and forever aptly known as the Pioneer Cohort of the EdD in Career and Technical Education at UW-Stout.  This group was on-campus for the Introduction to the EdD in CTE class.  During their time on campus, they established the core values that will guide them throughout their doctoral journey.  A photo depiction of the group and their core values appears below.

In addition to the on-campus presence of the Pioneer Cohort, the Inaugural Cohort was also visible, engaging in their study of Comparative Systems with Dr. Urs Haltinner.   The Inaugural cohort had an updated photo shoot; you can see this scholarly group below, with their core value statements included.

Both groups will return to campus on November 7-8, 2014.

(Applications for the fall 2015 cohort are being accepted; review of materials will begin on March 1, 2014.  Go to for specific information about the application process or contact Dr. Carol Mooney at 715-232-1444 or


2014 cropped pioneer photo

To be successful, the EdD CTE Pioneer Cohort expects all members to:

  • Collaborate with each other

–Encourage teamwork, respect, and honest feedback

–Follow-through on all responsibilities

  • Demonstrate communication skills with an open mind

–Listen to learn; be in-the-moment

  • Be engaged, intrigued, curious, and passionate
  • Model continuous improvement



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To be successful, the EdD CTE Inaugural Cohort expects all members to:

  • Collaborate
    • Develop professional relationships and network
  • Demonstrate patience, tolerance, honesty and respect
  • Commit to cohort
    • To the work
    • Everyone is accountable
  • Open minded, continuous improvement and learning
  • Be a resource for and to others

Dr. Carol Mooney Receives Award


During the Advisory Board meeting on November 21st, Dr. Carol Mooney was presented with an award of appreciation for her dedication in launching the Doctor of Education in Career and Technical Education. This award was presented by Dr. Melody Brennan, on behalf of the CTE Advisory Board and Dr. Mooney’s CTE colleagues.

Dr. Mooney both expressed her surprise and gratitude for the award during the meeting. She also would like to share that the launching of the Ed.D. CTE program was a joint effort from a very dedicated team of UW-Stout administration, faculty, students, and alumni. Many individuals played part in the research, proposal, Higher Learning Commission visit, curriculum development, and the behind-the-scenes work key to a smooth launch. Dr. Mooney shared, “Each of your efforts were seen and are much appreciated – Thank you.”

Ed.D. CTE – Inaugural Cohort


The Ed.D. CTE inaugural cohort has officially launched. The first class began October 25, with a reception to celebrate the program and honor the efforts put forth in its research, review, development, and approval. Attendees included the Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services; Director and Assistant Director of the School of Education; Ed.D. CTE Program Director; as well as the Ed.D. CTE faculty and support staff. The most important guests however, were the doctoral students themselves. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome and congratulate them for being selected for UW-Stout’s first CTE doctoral cohort! The enrolled students are:

Brian Bartel, Michael Bird, Nancy Chapko, Shaun Dudek, Kinga Jacobson, Matthew Janisin, Brian Klinger, Shelly Olson, Jeffrey Pepper, Laura Reisinger, Matthew Simoneau, and Jeffrey Sullivan.

Present in the photo are the doctoral students and administration. Front to back, left to right: Michael Bird, Jeffrey Sullivan, Dr. Carol Mooney (Ed.D. CTE Program Director), Brian Bartel, Dr. Brian McAlister (Director, School of Education), Nancy Chapko, Shaun Dudek, Shelly Olson, Kinga Jacobson, Laura Reisinger, Jeffrey Pepper, Dr. Mary Hopkins-Best (Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services), Matthew Simoneau, Matthew Janisin, and Brian Klinger.

Doctor of Education in Career and Technical Education Program Approved

Campus shots, Bowman Hall, Clocktower, Spring 2012

UW-Stout is proud to announce the approval of the university’s first doctoral program, the Doctor of Education in Career and Technical Education. This program received final approval during a Higher Learning Commission Board Meeting September 23-24, 2013. This approval was the final step in a two-year process of research, assessment, development, and review.

University of Wisconsin-Stout has proudly delivered quality professional development for Career and Technical Educators since 1918. The Bachelor’s degree in Career and Technical Education has provided degree completion and attainment for WTCS faculty. The Master’s and Education Specialist in Career and Technical Education have provided faculty and staff with graduate education options. We have conferred literally thousands of graduates with degrees who serve as teachers and leaders within the Career and Technical Education community and beyond. The addition of the Doctor of Education in Career and Technical Education (Ed.D. in CTE) completes our CTE program array.

Both students and graduates of the Master of Science and Educational Specialist in Career and Technical Education programs have a great deal to say about their programs here at UW-Stout:

“My UW-Stout CTE graduate education prepared me well for creating and managing a program.”
Tim Tewalt, MS CTE Graduate; Industrial Mechanics Program Director, Chippewa Valley Technical College

“The UW-Stout CTE faculty are excellent instructors; capable and enthusiastic educators.”
Pamela Schield, CTE Graduate Student;  Adjunct Instructor, Northcentral Technical College

“UW-Stout’s CTE graduate programs’ blended instruction is the right balance of accessibility to quality instruction, while maintaining a personal and professional life as a student.”
Daniel Kovach, CTE Graduate Student; Information Technology Specialist, School District of Ashland

We are now accepting applications for our inaugural cohort for the doctoral program. The Ed.D. in CTE will be delivered as a cohort, executive education model that incorporates face-to-face weekend and online classes. The target audience for the program is emerging leaders – in teaching and administration – at both the K12 and postsecondary levels of CTE. The first cohort starts this fall; applications are being accepted with priority review beginning October 11, 2013. The first course in the cohort will begin October 25, 2013. Additional information is available on the UW-Stout website:

Higher Learning Commission Visits UW-Stout Campus

In late June, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) sent two reviewers to UW-Stout to interview internal and external stakeholders that included various faculty, students, and staff, and members of the program advisory board,  as part of the Doctor of Education in Career and Technical Education accreditation process. The event was comprised of a series of short meetings, many of which featured UW-Stout CTE students and alumni. In typical form, these individuals shone as outstanding members of our student body and the educational field. The reviewers were awed by their accomplishments, positions, and future goals. Once again, our CTE students have made the UW-Stout community very proud. We would like to thank each of you who attended, both in-person and remotely, for taking time from your busy schedules to support the growth of the CTE programs at UW-Stout.


This outstanding group (along with many others) traveled to campus to represent the graduates of the MS and/or EdS in CTE programs: (left to right) Tim Tewalt, Carmen Iannarelli, Matthew Simoneau, Debra Kjelstad, Devon VandenHeuvel. Due to a busy day, we were unable to photograph all students and alumni, but each of their contributions provided crucial support for the Ed.D. in CTE. Students and alumni also aiding in the HLC event included: Katie Wagner-Roberts, Shelly Olson, Daniel Kovach, Pamela Schield, Brian Bartel, Jeff Ylinen, Kinga Jacobson, Roger Stanford, Annette Severson, Andrea Schullo, Alex Birkholz, Jerri Brewer, Rich Denhart, and Nancy Chapko.

The HLC review was a very enlightening and positive experience for UW-Stout. We look forward to the hopeful approval of the Ed.D. in CTE.

UW-Stout’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Career and Technical Education

From Madison, at the UW Board of Regents Meeting
In a unanimous vote, the Education Committee, as did the full Board of Regents, approved the proposed Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Career and Technical Education at UW-Stout. This is the first professional doctorate in Education at a UW System comprehensive institution.
Interim Provost Jackie Weissenburger told Regents that the program is a career-oriented doctorate – sometimes referred to as a “workforce doctorate” – that fits in well with UW-Stout’s career-focused, polytechnic mission. The three-year, 60-credit program will be geared toward working professionals who need an advanced degree to take on leadership roles in career and technical education, said Weissenburger.
“From the technical colleges’ perspective, this (program) is needed. I encourage strong support,” said Regent Mark Tyler, who is also president of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.
Two technical college presidents added their support. Dr. Bob Meyer, president of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – the state’s largest technical college in terms of geographical range – emphasized how much the program is needed in western Wisconsin. Bryan Albrecht, president of Gateway Technical College in southeast Wisconsin, told his personal story of having to commute weekly to the University of Minnesota over a period of seven years to earn his Ed.D because the degree was not offered in Wisconsin. He said he had a “deep respect for a hybrid program” that would get students through in three years.
Dr. Carol Mooney has spent countless hours compiling research, outlining needs, gaining support, and navigating the required paperwork to be able to have this doctoral degree approved. We would like to thank her for her dedication to her students, UW-Stout, and the field of Career and Technical Education.
Please visit the UW-Stout News Release for the complete article.