Temple's Career & Technical Education program is designed to prepare students who expect to teach career and technical education subjects in grades 7-12. Subject area content (occupational competency assessment credit for industry experience) and professional education content are combined with general education content (university curriculum) in order to provide the student with professional teacher training in their field of specialization. The curriculum integrates state standards, CTE teacher competencies, and industry concepts to provide real-life applications and strategies relevant to today's CTE classroom environment.  

This non-degree graduate program meets the requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education instructional certificate in Career and Technical Instruction (grades 7 through 12).  A master's degree is not awarded upon completion of this non-degree program.  You will complete only the coursework and in-service necessary to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education certification requirements for teacher certification.  To qualify for graduate non-degree programs, you must currently hold your Bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution in an approved subject area.

Requirements for Career & Technical Education Graduate Non-degree Program as of Spring 2022

Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 27

Required Courses

Required courses for CTE Graduate Non-degree Program as of Fall 2020

Course Number



Career & Technical Education Certification I Requirements

CTE 5431

Concepts in CTE Programs


CTE 5605

Models of Teaching


SPED 5666

Introduction to Special Education


Career & Technical Education Certification II Requirements

CTE 5425

Advanced Concepts and Practices in Career and Technical Education


EDUC 5402

Child and Adolescent Development


MGSE 5796

Literacy and Differentiation in the Academic Areas, 7-12


SPED 5109

Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support


TESL 5631

Foundations of Language Teaching: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners


Lists the required courses for students beginning their Career & Technical Education graduate non-degree program in Fall 2020 or following term.

Student Teaching

Supervised teaching is required for Level II certification.  

Student Teaching and Seminar

Culminating Requirement - Student Teaching and Seminar

Course Number



EDUC 5888

Supervised Teaching


Courses required for culminating event: student teaching and its related seminar

Additional REquirements for certification

To be eligible for certification, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be employed as a career and technical education teacher in the eastern region of PA
  • Must have an Emergency Certification from PA Department of Education (PDE)
  • Must upload and maintain updated clearances on Temple’s system (State Police, Child Abuse, FBI/Fingerprints, TB Test)
  • Must Register for Occupational Competency Assessment (OCA) and successfully complete written and performance exams OR complete credential review
  • Must Participate in New CTE Teacher Orientation (NTO)
  • Must complete ALL required certification coursework. Note: credits transferred from another institution for certification will be assessed on an individual basis. Some courses may be taken outside of Temple University to meet CTE certification requirements. This will be evaluated by a CTE Advisor.
  • Find resources for more information on PDE's website.

Candidates who have completed all coursework, assessment, and examination requirements must complete a TIMS application to PDE to be evaluated for a recommendation for certification by Temple University.  For more information, visit PDE's Career and Technical Certification