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Vocational Instructional II Certificate (Undergraduate)

Updated 2 6 13


The Center provides services that facilitate the awarding of the Pennsylvania Vocational II Certificate. The Vocational I certificate is valid for six years. During this time, career and technical education teachers will complete all the requirements for the Vocational II certificate. The Vocational II certificate is permanent but subject to renewal every five years. It is issued to an applicant who has:

  • completed 3 years of satisfactory teaching on a Vocational I certificate;
  • a certificate validated by the chief school administrator of the approved public or nonpublic school entity in which the most recent service of the applicant was performed;
  • completed 60 credit hours in an approved program in the appropriate field of career and technical education;
  • presented evidence of having passed the appropriate PRAXIS exam (PPST Math I);
  • passed the student teaching assessment using the PDE 430 Evaluation form;
  • completed a Pennsylvania Department of Education approved induction program; and
  • received the recommendation of Temple University.

For the most current information, please access the PDE Website.

Listed below are the undergraduate course requirements for the Vocational Instructional II Certificate. The courses are listed in the typical sequence in which they may be taken. Required testing and professional work experience are also listed.

General Undergraduate Education




Psych 1060* Introduction to Psychology
ED 2109* Adolescent Development
ED 2255* Effective Use of Instructional Technology in the Classroom
ED 4788 Student Teaching Section 1, 2, 3 (Total 9 credits)


* Prerequisites for ED 4788


Professional & Career & Technical Education




ED 4111 Classroom and Conflict Management Grades 4-12
ED 1255 Inclusive Education for Diverse Society
ED 2306 Assessment and Evaluation
ED 2103 Socio-cultural Foundatins of Education in the United States
MATH 1021 College Algebra
ECO 1101 or 1102 Macroeconomic Principles
Science I (Elective) Biology or Environmental Science or Physics, etc.

History 1101 or 1102

U. S. History to 1877 or U. S. History since 1877

English 1197 Introduction to Literature
Sec ED 3796 Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines 7 through 12
Enes 3338 Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching English Language Learners in Grades 4 to 12
Math above 1021 College Algebra above 1021
CTE 4324 Coordination Methods for Work-Based Learning
CTE 4285 Industry Education Capstone and Field Experience for Work-Based Learning



Professional Work Experience

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires that candidates provide evidence that they have taught a minimum of three years since the issuance of their Vocational Instructional I Certificate. The candidates' employing school district must also confirm their completion of an approved induction program.


The candidate must take and pass the PRAXIS Series* PPST Math I and complete the PDE 430 Student Teaching evaluation. Passing scores must be on file with the PDE and Temple University at the time of application.

* PRAXIS Scores are valid for 10 years if not applied toward the appropriate level of certification.

How to Apply

To apply for the Vocational II certificate the teacher will complete theTIMS (Teacher Information Management System) online certification program.The teacher's school administrator must complete the PDE 338 P.

How to Renew

To renew the Vocational Instructional II certificate all requirements under Act 48 must be fulfilled every five years.

Contact Information

Ms. Nancy Johnston
Coordinator for CTE Teacher Certification, Advising and Admission

Temple University, Ritter Hall 346
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215-204-8376