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Vocational Instructional I Certificate (Graduate)



A person holding a valid Vocational Intern Certificate shall be eligible for a Vocational Instructional I Certificate upon:

  • presentation of acceptable evidence of two years wage-earning experience beyond the learning period in the occupational to be taught;
  • completion of the approved intern program
  • presentation of evidence of passing the Occupational Competency Assessment (OCA);
  • successful completion of undergraduate or graduate program requirements;
  • presentation of evidence of having passed the PRAXIS I test: PPST Reading and Writing; and,
  • recommendation of Temple University

Listed below are the undergraduate course requirements for the Vocational Instructional I Certificate. The Intern certificate is valid for only three years and all requirements for the Vocational I shall be completed in that period. The courses are listed in the typical sequence in which they may be taken. Required testing and professional work experience are also listed. The Level I certificate is valid for six years of teaching.

Professional and Vocational Education




ED 5488 Supervised Student Teaching
ED 5285 Seminar in Supervised Teaching
ED 5203 Effective Teaching: Theory and Practice


Council of Educators (COE) Review

A passing score must be earned on the Council of Educators (COE) Performance Review.

General Education



Comp. CO50 English Composition
SPED 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education


Professional Work Experience

A minimum of two years of trade-related work experience must be verified on file at Temple University.


  • Complete a speech proficiency assessment
  • Obtain passing scores on the PRAXIS I, PPST* in Reading and Writing.
  • Occupational Competency Assessment

Tests and test scores are subject to change yearly.
Passing scores must be on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Temple University at the time of application.

* PRAXIS Scores are valid for only 5 years from the date taken

How to Apply

To apply for the Vocational I the candidate will complete the PDE 339 G and C and provide a copy of the last certificate, provide official transcripts from all schools or universities other than Temple University showing completion of all required course work, a copy of the PPST scores and a $40 Postal money order. The application is then submitted to the Temple University Certification Advisor.

Contact Information

Ms. Nancy Johnston
CTE Teacher Certification, Advising and Admissions
Phone: 215-204-8376