Cooperative Education Teacher Coordinator Certification

  • 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.

    Cooperative Education Certification at IUP

    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, current certification, and professional experience. 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 and addresses the following knowledge of and competence in:

    • Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation
    • School-Community Relations
    • Career and Technical Guidance and Student Organizations
    • Serving Students with Special Needs
    • Coordination of Cooperative Education

    Admission to the Program

    Candidates applying for admission must hold a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certificate and submit the following items:

    • Program application
    • $50 application fee
    • Official post-secondary transcripts
    • A copy of valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II or Career and Technical Instructional I or II certificate
    • Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form (PDE-6004)

    To request an application packet, call 724-357-4434 or email

    Certification Requirements

    To earn a Pennsylvania Cooperative Education certification credential, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

    • Complete 15 credits of Cooperative Education coursework
    • Successfully complete the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Cooperative Education Assessment 

    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.