Career and Technical Education

Message From the Director

Robert Clark

Welcome to the official web site for the Professional Development Center for Career and Technical Education at Temple University.

The center is part of the Teaching & Learning Department in the College of Education and offers courses leading to teacher certification in career and technical education. The center is operated through a grant from the Bureau of Career and Technical Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The center serves the 17 counties in the  eastern region of Pennsylvania. Courses are offered at multiple sites around the region and  in traditional, blended (partially face-to-face and partially online), and completely online formats. 

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The many people who perform important services for the center welcome you to our web site and invite you to review our programs and offerings. To teach in Pennsylvania secondary schools (high schools and career and technology centers), an individual must hold a valid Pennsylvania teaching certificate. Our center

  • provides certification education opportunities for individuals who have professional or technical expertise through prior education, training, or work experience.
  • is a “one stop” location for all information and coursework that leads to certification to teach career and technical education in Pennsylvania. 
  • works with regional career centers, high schools, and the state department of education,

Once you have accepted a teaching position and enrolled in the teacher certification program at Temple, you will attend a New Teacher Workshop where you will meet the field resource staff and spend a week immersed in the pedagogical aspects of the teaching process.

Following the workshop, a field resource associate will visit you at your teaching location as you begin to work your way through the courses required to earn the Vocational level I and eventually, the Vocational level II certification.  The six Temple Standards for Teaching provide the structure for the program, which is delivered on an outreach basis employing the expertise and experience of our field resource staff.

  • Individuals who complete the certification process may matriculate into a bachelor degree program in Industrial Education.
  • Individuals who already have a bachelor degree prior to teaching (but do not hold a certificate) may earn a master degree while obtaining their teaching certification. 
  • individuals who are currently teaching and hold a master degree may enter the vocational director leadership program at the center and earn their certification to be a lead administrator in a career and technical center.

                The staff at the center is here to serve you and help you reach your professional teaching, certification and degree goals.  Contact us to learn more about our programs and to realize your dream of becoming a career and technical education teacher! Robert W. Clark, PhD Administrative Director Center for Professional Development in Career & Technical Education  

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