Temple's Career and Technical Education program provides services that facilitate the awarding of the Pennsylvania Vocational II Certificate. The Vocational I certificate is valid for six years. During this time, career and technical education teachers will complete all the requirements for the Vocational II certificate. The Vocational II certificate is permanent but subject to renewal every five years. It is the responsibility of each certificate holder to obtain the Level II Certificate before the service life of the Level I Certificate expires.

Requirements for Vocational II Instructional Certificate

Intern must provide evidence of having:

  1. completed 3 years of satisfactory teaching with a valid Vocational Instructional I Certificate attested to by the chief school administrator of the approved public or nonpublic school entity in which the most recent service of the applicant was performed;
  2. completed 60 credit hours in an approved program in the appropriate field of vocational education;
  3. passed the basic skills test:
  4. passed the student teaching assessment using the PDE 430 Evaluation form;
  5. completed an approved induction program; and
  6. received the recommendation of Temple University. 

Holders of Level II Certificates must continue to meet Act 178 and State Board of Education Chapter 49 requirements in order to keep their certificates valid. For the most current information, please access the PDE Website.

Required Coursework

Listed below are the graduate course requirements for the Vocational Instructional II Certificate. The courses are listed in the typical sequence in which they may be taken. 

Graduate Course Requirements
Course Title
EDUC 5402 Child and Adult Development
TESL 5631 Foundations of Language Teaching: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
SECE 5471 Literacy and Differentiation in the Academic Areas: 7-12
CTE 5401 Current Problems in Career and Technical Education
CTE 5411 Evaluation in Career and Technical Education
CTE 5426 Professionalism and Staff Development in Career and Technical Education

How to Apply

Apply for the Vocational II Certificate through the PDE Teacher Information Management System (TIMS). 

How to Renew

To renew the Vocational Instructional II certificate all requirements under Act 48 must be fulfilled every five years.  In summary, educators must earn six credits of collegiate study; or six credits of PDE-approved continuing professional education courses; or 180 hours of continuing professional education programs, activities or learning experiences; or any combination of the above every five years to maintain active certification status.

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