The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires that teachers who teach occupational skills in state-approved career and technical education (CTE) programs hold a state-issued instructional certificate. These teachers have mastered the skills of their trades and wanted to transition from industry to teaching.  Typically, CTE teachers complete the requirements of the teacher certification program while they are teaching. 

Vocational Emergency Permit

Under PDE guidelines, most new vocational education teachers are eligible to apply for an Emergency Permit. An Emergency Permit is only issued in special circumstances, such as when no properly certified teachers are available or for a short-term vacancy of an existing position.  Emergency Permits are valid for one school (academic) year. Assistance to secure this emergency permit should come from your school administration.

Vocational Intern Certificate

A Vocational Intern Certificate will be issued by PDE for a three-year period for teaching an approved secondary career and technical education program in the Commonwealth. During this time, the candidate will complete undergraduate or graduate requirements within the Temple University career and technical education teacher preparation program.

Vocational Instructional I Certificate

While teaching on the Vocational Intern certificate, you must complete the requirements within three calendar years to be eligible to apply for a Vocational Instructional I certificate. After you complete the requirements, you are eligible to use PDE’s online TIMS system to submit your application for the Vocational I certificate.  The initial teaching certificate, Instructional I, is also known as a provisional certificate.  The Instructional I certificate is valid for six service, not calendar, years in Pennsylvania. 

Vocational Instructional I Requirements for Undergraduates 

If you do not hold a a bachelor's degree in an approved subject area from an accredited undergraduate institution, you will complete the certification requirements for undergraduates.  Temple offers options for you to complete both the certification requirements and the requirements for your bachelor's degree or you can complete a non-degree certification-only program that meets PDE's requirements for a Vocational Instruction (grades 7-12) I Certfication, but does not award a degree.

Vocational Instructional I Requirements for Graduates

If you have previously earned a bachelor's degree in an approved subject area from an accredited undergraduate institution, you will complete the certification requirements for graduates. Temple offers options for you to complete both the certification requirements and the requirements for your master's degree or you can complete a non-degree certification-only program that meets PDE's requirements for a Vocational Instruction (grades 7-12) I Certfication, but does not award a degree.

Vocational Instructional II Certificate

While teaching on the Vocational Instructional I certificate, you must complete the requirements within six service years to be eligible to apply for the Vocational Instructional II certificate. The Vocational Instructional II certificate is a permanent certificate. However, Pennsylvania’s Act 48 requires all educators to complete 180 hours or six college credits every five years to keep a certificate active. 

Vocational Instructional II Requirements for Undergraduates

If you currently hold your Vocational Instruction (7-12) level I certificate, but do not currently hold a bachelor's degree in an approved subject area from an accredited undergraduate institution, you will complete additional undergraduate coursework to meet the requirements for a Level II certificate.  

Vocational Instructional II Requirements for Graduates

If you currently hold your Vocational Instruction (7-12) level I certificate, and you have a bachelor's degree in an approved subject area from an accredited undergraduate institution, you will complete additional graduate coursework to meet the requirements for a Level II certificate.  

 

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