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CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Program Coordinator
(215) 204-8376

Career and Technical Education programs prepare teachers and teacher-coordinators who wish to assist youth in developing skills for the world of work in business, marketing and distribution, health occupations, gainful home economics, industrial occupations, and off-farm agriculture. A technical training in industry emphasis is also available.

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Business Education

Program Coordinator 
(215) 204-6199

This curriculum is designed to prepare students who expect to teach business subjects at the junior and senior high school levels and the junior college level in public and private schools. Two areas of content are combined in order to provide the student with a general education, a field of specialization, and professional training. Moreover, the curriculum aims to combine these elements in such proportions as to give students the balanced perspective of the relation that business education bears to education as a whole.

Prior to enrolling in Student Teaching (Student Teaching 0275), Business Education students must have completed (with a 2.8 cumulative average) the Business Education, Vocational Education, and Professional Course Sequence Requirements as well as the Academic Specialization.

General Studies, Pre-professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements
Several restrictions and additions to the requirements listed above apply to students in this program. 

  1. All students must take English 0104 (Writing for Business and Industry) as an additional Writing and Composition requirement. 

  2. All students must take a Statistics course. 

  3. To meet the Individual and Society requirements all students must take Economics C051 (Macroeconomic Principles) and C052 (Microeconomic Principles).
Program Requirements
 
Accounting 
0001 Principles of Accounting 3
Computer and Information Sciences 
0010 Introduction to Management Information Systems 3
Finance
0101 Money and Credit*  3
Human Resource Administration
0083 Organization and Management  3
0101 Law of Contracts* 3
0102 Law of Commercial Transactions* 3
Total 18 s.h.
*Must be taken in the junior or senior years.

 

ACCOUNTING AND OFFICE TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION

Business Education and Career and Technical Education Core
 
Business Education
0241 Teaching Keyboarding 3
0313 Microcomputer Applications 3
Business Education Electives 6
Career and Technical Education
0101 Principles of Vocational Education 3
0102 Methods in Vocational Education 3
0275 Student Teaching 9
0399 Supervised Work Experience 0
Total 27 s.h.

 

ACADEMIC SPECIALIZATION
 
Accounting
0002 Principles of Accounting II
0011 Intermediate Accounting I 3
0012 Intermediate Accounting II 3
0126 Accounting Information Systems 3
Total 12 s.h.
Note: Intermediate Accounting I and II and Accounting Information Systems must be taken in the junior or senior years.
Total semester hours 128

 

DATA PROCESSING AND OFFICE TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION

Business Education and Career and Technical Education Core
 
Business Education
0241 Teaching Keyboarding  3
0313 Microcomputer Applications 3
Business Education Electives 6
Career and Technical Education
0101 Principles of Vocational Education
0102 Methods in Vocational Education 3
0275 Student Teaching
0399 Supervised Work Experience 0
Total 27 s.h.

 

ACADEMIC SPECIALIZATION
 
Accounting
0002 Principles of Accounting II 3
Computer and Information Sciences 12
Total 15 s.h
Total Semester Hours 131

 

SECRETARIAL AND OFFICE TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION

Business Education and Career and Technical Education Core
 
Business Education
Shorthand and Transcription 9
0241 Teaching Typewriting
0313 Microcomputer Applications 3
Business Education Electives 9
Career and Technical Education
0101 Principles of Vocational Education 3
0102 Methods in Vocational Education
0275 Student Teaching 9
0399 Supervised Work Experience 0
Total 39 s.h.
Total Semester Hours 128

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Industrial Education

Program Coordinator 
(215) 204-3263

This curriculum leads to a B.S.E. degree (with a specialization in teaching or technical training in industry). The courses taken satisfy requirements for state certification as well as for the degree and are available on a part-time basis.

General Studies, Professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements
Several restrictions and additions to the requirements listed above apply to students in this program. 

  1. All students must take English W104 (Writing for Business and Industry) as an additional Writing and Composition requirement. 3 

  2. All students must take Statistics C111 (Basic Quantitative Foundations for Business and Economics) as an additional Mathematics requirement. 

  3. To meet the requirements in Social Science, all students must take Economics C051 (Macroeconomic Principles), and Sociology R064 (American Ethnicity). 6
Program Requirements

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
 
0101 Principles of Vocational/Technical Education 3
0102 Methods in Vocational/Technical Education 3
0103 Curriculum in Vocational/Technical Education 3
0275 Student Teaching 9
0399 Supervised Work Experience 24
Total 42 s.h.

Note: Vocational/Technical Education 0399 is not required for students entering the program with appropriate occupational experience who have demonstrated occupational competence. Such students, who are matriculated and have completed 90 s.h. of accept able coursework, may arrange to have up to 24 s.h. recorded toward their degree through payment of the required fees. 

For certification in Industrial Education, there is an occupational experience and an occupational competency requirement. To become certified, the student must pass an Occupational Competency Examination (or the equivalent) and complete two years of occupational experience beyond the time needed to learn the occupation.
 
Electives 3-8 s.h.
Total Semester Hours 128

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Marketing / Distributive Education

This curriculum prepares students who expect to teach marketing education at secondary, post-secondary, and adult institutions. Emphasis is on the role of the teacher-coordinator in developing cooperative work experience programs in local business communities. The curriculum develops the student's ability to work with training programs in all settings (suburban, rural, urban) including disadvantaged students and youth leadership programs. 

Work experience in distributive occupations is required for state certification; this requirement may be met by past work experience and/or by completion of a Supervised Work Experience (Vocational/Technical Education 0399). 

The adviser should be consulted when planning a program in Marketing  Education including the required 56 s.h. in General Studies. 

Prior to enrolling in Student Teaching (Student Teaching 0275), Marketing  Education students must have completed all other program requirements and have a 2.8 overall GPA.

General Studies, Professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements
The following restriction applies to students in this program. 

To meet the requirements in Social Science, all students must take Economics C051 (Macroeconomic Principles).

To meet the requirements of Language or International Studies.
At least two courses from those which meet the Core requirement in this area. One of these must cover non-western or third world culture. 3-6

To meet the requirements of American Culture
 
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 
X060 Education, Schooling, and the Individual in U.S. Society 3
Distributive Education
0220 Product Information 3
0221 Color, Design, and Fashion 3
0222 Teaching Salesmanship, Advertising, and Display 3
Career and Technical Education
0101 Principles of Vocational/Technical Education 3
0102 Methods in Vocational/Technical Education 3
0275 Student Teaching 9
0324 Cooperative Vocational/Technical Education 3
0350 Leadership Programs 3
0399 Supervised Work Experience 3
Total 36 s.h

 

ACADEMIC BUSINESS SPECIALIZATION
 
Accounting
0001 Principles of Accounting I 3
Human Resource Administration
0083 Organization and Management 3
Law
0101 Law of Contracts 3
Marketing
0081 Introduction to Marketing 3
0160 Consumer and Buyer Behavior 3
Elective in Marketing 3
Journalism
0226 Introduction to Advertising 3
Total 21 s.h.
Total Semester Hours 130

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Certification Programs

Cooperative Education

School personnel interested in being certified in "Off-Campus Occupational-Related Experiences" in Pennsylvania must be certified in Cooperative Education. This certification covers a variety of field experiences for secondary students, including community exploration, cooperative education, work experience, and special needs. 

Persons wishing to become teachers of cooperative education must make application to the program and provide information about their education and experiential backgrounds. Based on the information provided, a program of studies, which includes an internship, is prepared. Persons who enter this program holding a valid teaching certificate will work toward earning "add-on" certificates in Cooperative Education while others will work toward "stand-alone" certificates. 

Persons wishing to enroll in this program should contact an adviser.

Vocational/Technical Certification Program 

This curriculum, offered in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is designed to prepare persons to teach vocational industrial subjects on the secondary, post-secondary, and junior college levels in public and private schools. Vocational Teacher Education courses may be taken on three levels: Certification, Undergraduate and Graduate. Persons who have at least two years of work experience beyond the learning period in a trade, technical, or other selected occupation may prepare for certification to teach occupational laboratory or related classes in secondary schools in Pennsylvania. 

Certification students must apply and be admitted to the Vocational/ Industrial Education Certification Program. All certification students must meet the requirements for admission to the University. In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the University, candidates must satisfy the departmental requirements for work experience and must have passed the required Occupational Competency Test. Students must also pass Praxis I, computer-based tests before receiving the Vocational Intern Teaching Certificate. This program prepares the student for vocational-industrial teacher certification in Pennsylvania, and, in general, is acceptable in other states. Work taken toward the certification objective may be applied to the undergraduate degree program. The courses are offered on a part-time basis only for persons who are preparing to teach or for those who are already teaching and who must meet professional requirements. Completing 18 semester hours of approved coursework and passing the occupational competency examination will permit the issuance of a Vocational Instructional I Certificate on a temporary basis. 

Upon receipt of the Vocational Instructional I Certificate, the student must complete 42 s.h. more of prescribed college work earning a minimum of six semester hours of credit per year until the requirements for permanent certification (60 s.h. and three years successful teaching) are satisfied. 

Persons wishing to enroll in this program should contact an adviser. 

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