Career and Technical Education

Vocational Administrative Director

New online M.S.E.d. Program embedding the Vocational Administrative Director Certificate.

This competency-based certification program is organized around the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Expectations for Professional Education for School and System Leaders.  The program is aligned to the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification (See the Pennsylvania Department of Education: Standards, Policies and Procedures for State Approval of Certification Programs and for the Certification of Professional Educators for the Public Schools of Pennsylvania on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website at Candidates for certification will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge and competencies associated with the following PIL standards.

Core Standards
The leader has the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, creating an organizational vision around personalized student success.
The leader is grounded in standards-based systems theory and design and is able to transfer that knowledge to the job as the architect of standards-based reform in the school.
The leader knows how to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making at all levels of the system.
Corollary Standards
The leader creates a culture of teaching and learning with an emphasis on learning.
The leader manages resources for effective results.
The leader collaborates, communicates, engages, and empowers others inside and outside of the organization to pursue excellence in learning.
The leader operates in a fair and equitable manner with personal and professional dignity.
The leader advocates for children and public education in the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
The leader supports professional growth of self and others through practice and inquiry.

Admission to the Program

The Administrative Director’s program is a graduate level program that can be completed as a stand-alone certification program if a candidate holds a graduate degree.  If, however, a candidate does not hold a graduate degree, he/she must matriculate in and complete a master’s degree at Temple in order to be awarded the director’s certificate. Students must complete the application and receive notification that they are officially accepted before they can enroll in coursework. 

Individuals seeking admission to the program must:
1. Submit a formal application (applications can be obtained by calling 215-204-8374,
2. Submit a letter of recommendation from a vocational administrative director,
3. Provide official transcripts of all collegiate and graduate coursework,
4. Submit a copy of the most current professional certificate,
5. Submit a personal resume.

The minimum requirements for admission to the program are:

1. A graduate degree or accepted into a graduate degree program at Temple University.
2. A graduate grade point average (GPA) or an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
3. A strong letter of support from a vocational administrative director or a designated Resident Leadership Resource Person (RLRP),
4. An admission interview with the program coordinator.

Course Requirements

Candidates must complete the following courses (or their equivalent) with no less than a 3.0 GPA, to be accepted into the internship/seminar part of the program:

Course Reuirements



CTE 8501

Curriculum Development for Programs of Study in CTE

CTE 8528

Creating a Culture of Teaching and Learning in CTE Programs

CTE 8589

Managing Resources and Data-Driven Decision Making in CTE

CTE 8507

The Role of CTE in Workforce and Economic Development

EDAD 5302

Contexts for School Reform:  Education Law, Policy, and Politics

CTE 5423

Leadership in Career and Technical Education

CTE 8521

Collaborative Processes for Effective CTE Programs

CTE 8527

Program Planning, Evaluation, and Systems Alignment in CTE

EDAD 5303 or

EDAD 5304

Leadership & Supervision for Diverse Contexts

School Operations, Finance, Management, Technology

CTE 9885

Internship in Career and Technical Educatio


The program consists of nine courses and an internship.  All of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses and the Educational Administration classes are offered online.  The CTE courses include a project based component that is typically conducted in the candidate’s school.  Students must complete three projects for each course that will require the application of course content in a real life setting.  Students are required to work closely with their school’s director in carrying out the projects.  Each candidate must ask their Administrative Director to submit a letter indicating that they are willing to serve as the student’s mentor and to acknowledge an understanding of the project based component of the program.

Oral Assessment

Upon completion of the program, candidates must complete a Council of Educators (COE) Review.  The COE is a performance assessment in which an Administrative Director and the Leadership Program Coordinator review a candidate’s competence in the program competencies and assess the overall quality of the culminating project that the candidate completes during the internship.

Program Completion and Certification

Candidates who complete all program requirements, hold no less than a master’s degree, and meet other Pennsylvania certification requirements will be recommended for the Vocational Administrator Certificate.
All coursework satisfies certification requirements that appear in Chapter 354 General Standards and Specific Program Guidelines for State Approval of Professional Educator Programs for Vocational Director.


Students are required to successfully complete the Praxis Assessment #6011.  This is a Pennsylvania Specific Praxis.