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Career and Technical Teacher Certification

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that all teachers who teach occupational skills in state-approved vocational education programs hold a state-issued instructional certificate. In Pennsylvania, a career and technical educator receives a permanent instructional certificate after completing IUP’s 78-credit Career and Technical Teacher Certification program. These teachers, who have already been hired to teach, have mastered the skills of their trades. With this program, they have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to become successful teachers.

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Vocational Instructional I Certificate

New teachers have three years to complete the following requirements to be eligible to apply for a Vocational Instructional I provisional certificate.

  • Successfully complete the Occupational Competency Assessment in the occupational area being taught
  • Complete 18 credits of IUP coursework
  • Present acceptable evidence of two years of wage-earning experience in addition to the learning period in the occupational area being taught
  • Be observed by an IUP faculty member using the Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form (PDE 430)
  • Receive passing scores on the Praxis I exams: PPST in Reading and Writing

Vocational Instructional II Certificate

Teachers have six teaching years to complete the following requirements to be eligible to apply for the Vocational Instructional II certificate. The Vocational Instructional II is a permanent certificate; however, Pennsylvania’s Act 48 requires all educators to complete 180 hours or six college credits every five years to keep a certificate active.

  • Complete 60 additional credits of IUP coursework
  • Present evidence from a chief school administrator documenting three years of satisfactory teaching on a Vocational I certificate
  • Receive a satisfactory rating from an IUP faculty member using the Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form (PDE 430)
  • Receive a passing score on the Praxis I exam: PPST in Mathematics
  • Complete a PDE-approved School Induction Program
  • Center for Career and Technical Personnel Preparation
  • Reschini Building
    1110 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4434
  • Fax: 724-357-6200
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.