The initial teaching certificate, Instructional I, is also known as a provisional certificate.  The Instructional I certificate is valid for eight service, not calendar, years in Pennsylvania, during which the individual must complete an established set of requirements (e.g. coursework, teaching experience, or an induction program).

Requirements for Career and Technical I Instructional Certificate

Intern must provide evidence of:

  1. a minimum of 4 years of wage-earning experience. This does not include the learning period in the occupation to be taught;
  2. successful completion of the occupational competency examination or evaluation of credentials for occupations where examinations do not exist; 
  3. completion of 9 graduate credit hours in an approved program of career and technical education teacher preparation(see list below);
  4. complete the Intermediate Performance Assessment (IPA) and a Professional Education Portfolio (PEP) review;
  5. having met all requirements provided by law (School Code 1209 and Title 22, Pa. Code, Section 49.12); and 
  6. having received the recommendation of Temple University.

Note: The Reading and Writing Praxis are not required for graduate certification.

Required Coursework

Listed below are the graduate course requirements for the Career and Technical Education Instructional I Certificate. The Intern certificate is valid for only three years and all requirements for the Career and Technical Education Instructional I shall be completed in that period. The courses are listed in the typical sequence in which they may be taken. Required testing and professional work experience are also listed. The Level I certificate is valid for six years of teaching.

Required Graduate Coursework



CTE 5605

Models of Teaching

CTE 5431

Concepts in Career and Technical Education Programs

SPED 5666

Introduction to Special Education

Required Graduate Courses for Career and Technical Instructional I certificate

How to Apply

Submit a Request for Audit. Once your audit has been completed you will receive instructions on how to apply for the Career and Technical Instructional I Certificate through the PDE Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).

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