Career and Technical Education

Vocational Education Supervisor

For more information on the new online MS.E.d. Program embedding the Vocational Educational Supervisor 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 .

The program addresses the following PIL Standards

  1. The leader has the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, creating an organizational vision around personalized student success.
  2. The leader is grounded in standards-based systems theory and design and is able to transfer that knowledge to his/her job as the architect of standards-based reform in the school.
  3. The leader knows how to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making at all levels of the system.

Corollary Standards

  1. The leader creates a culture of teaching and learning with an emphasis on learning.
  2. The leader manages resources for effective results.
  3. The leader collaborates, communicates, engages, and empowers others inside and outside of the organization to pursue excellence in learning.
  4. The leader operates in a fair and equitable manner with personal and professional dignity.
  5. The leader advocates for children and public education in the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
  6. The leader supports professional growth of self and others through practice and inquiry.  

Admission to the Program

Since the program is competency based, students can enroll at any point in time.  Students must complete the application and receive notification that they are officially accepted before they can enroll in coursework. Candidates for the comprehensive supervisor certificate are encouraged to matriculate in a master’s degree program at Temple. 

Individuals seeking admission to the program must:

  • submit a formal application (applications can be obtained by calling (215) 204-8374,
  • submit a letter of recommendation from a vocational administrative director,
  • provide official transcripts of all collegiate and graduate coursework,
  • submit a copy of their latest professional certificate,
  • submit a personal resume,

An admission interview is required. This interview is completed with the coordinator of the program.

The minimum requirements for admission to the program are:

  • A graduate degree or accepted into a graduate degree program at Temple University,
  • A graduate or undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0,
  • A strong letter of support from a vocational administrative director and a designated Resident Leadership Resource Person (RLRP),
  • 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.                                      

Course Requirements



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 & 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


During the course completion phase of the program, candidates are expected to schedule appointments with their advisors at least once each semester.


All class work is offered online and includes a project based component.  Students must complete three projects in each class to demonstrate ability to apply course content in an actual school situation. 

Oral Assessment

After having successfully completed the coursework, candidates will participate in a Council of Educators Review (COE). This assessment will address the students understanding and application of the competencies associated with the Supervisor’s Certificate.    

Program Completion and Certification

Candidates who complete all program requirements, hold no less than a bachelor’s degree, and pass Pennsylvania’s certification test requirements will be recommended for the Comprehensive Supervisor 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 the Vocational Supervisor certificate.

Students are required to successfully complete Praxis #5411. (This should be placed similarly to the end of the Vocational Adm. Director page).