The Secondary School Cooperative Education Teacher/Coordinator Certification Program prepares individuals with the skills needed to function as a Cooperative Education teacher coordinator. Co-op coordinators are responsible for planning, organizing, and
administering work experience programs for high school students, which correlate the theoretical learning activities of the classroom with practical learning experiences on the job.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that all individuals who teach cooperative education programs of study or provide work placement services for students in a state-approved CTE Center hold a state-issued Cooperative Education certificate.
IUP is the approved provider for Cooperative Education certification in western Pennsylvania and offers the standards-based program that you need to become a cooperative education coordinator.
The undergraduate certification program is offered in a blended format with the majority of instruction completed online, utilizing video conferencing technology, and led by experienced CTE and certified co-op instructors. Coursework requirements may
vary depending on your educational background and current certification. Your Center advisor will evaluate submitted transcripts to determine which courses you need to take. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained through all program coursework.
The program is designed to be completed in two to two-and-a-half years and is based on standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Courses beginning fall 2021 include:
Candidates applying for admission must hold a valid Pennsylvania Career and Technical Instructional I or II or and Instructional I or II certificate and submit the following items:
To request an application packet, call 724-357-4434 or email email@example.com.
To earn a Pennsylvania Cooperative Education certification credential, the candidate must meet the following requirements:
Once these requirements are met, you are eligible to submit your online application to PDE to have the Cooperative Education certification added to your Pennsylvania teaching certificate.