A Career & Technical Education Intern Certificate will be issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (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.
The candidate must be accepted into the Career and Technical Education Teacher Preparation Program at Temple University and pass the appropriate occupational competency examination. The candidate must complete and submit all the necessary documentation in accordance with the CTE Center requirements. The University will then recommend the candidate for the Career & Technical Education Intern Certificate.
The Career & Technical Education Intern Certificate is good for three (3) calendar years from the date of issue. You can only apply for the intern certificate if you are currently teaching or guaranteed a full-time teaching position. PDE will not renew an intern certificate.
Applicants must have:
- been accepted for enrollment in Temple's Career & Technical Education teacher preparation program;
- passed the appropriate Occupational Competency Assessment or credential review for those competency areas where licensure exists;
- been recommended for the Career & Technical Education Intern Certificate by Temple University; and
- met all other requirements provided by law (School Code 1209 and Title 22, Pa. Code, Section 49.12).
The Career & Technical Education Intern Certificate shall be issued for the period of time needed by the applicant to complete 18 credits (undergraduate level) or 9 credits (graduate level) within the approved Career & Technical Education teacher preparation program, but in no case shall the validity period exceed three calendar years from the date of issue.
Intern Teacher Responsibility
PDE maintains that certification is the responsibility of the teacher. PDE strictly adheres to time limits. Temple's Center for Professional Development in Career & Technical Education will guide you through the process of obtaining CTE teacher certification. The Center assists in the choice of courses in which to enroll, the location of courses offered, preparation for all necessary testing, and responding to questions or concerns. However, it is the responsibility of the teacher to know the expiration date of a particular certificate and what is needed to keep it active. This includes processing of paperwork. Paperwork must be submitted to the center at least two months in advance of a certificate expiration date. Praxis testing, at best, should take place no later than six months before a certificate expiration date.
The candidate is responsible for communicating with the CTE Center. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.