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This graduate certification program is based on vocational program standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It requires study and experience in (a) the history and foundations of career and technical education; (b) administration and management of secondary and adult career and technical education programs; (c) business and finance, physical facilities, and school law; (d) curriculum development and instructional leadership; (e) personnel development and supervision of personnel; (f) communications and public relations; and (g) development of linkages with business and industry.
The program combines formal course work with an extensive internship in a career and technical school and in the comprehensive secondary high-school setting. During the internship, a candidate for certification works as an administrator under the direction of a Resident Leadership Resource Person (RLRP) and a Temple University supervising teacher educator.
Students enrolled in the Director's program who have completed Temple's Comprehensive Career and technical education Supervisor certification program will be exempt from several experiences, as the Supervisor's and Director's programs are fully articulated. An individualized program will be developed for each candidate upon his or her admission.
Students are admitted to the program for either the Fall or Spring semester. Applications are processed two months before the start of each semester. Students who do not meet the application deadline can expect their applications to be processed during the following semester.
Individuals seeking admission must submit:
An interview is also required for admission.
The minimum requirements for admission to the program are:
In order to be accepted into the internship/seminar part of the program, candidates must complete the following courses (or their equivalents) with no less than a 3.0 GPA:
|CTE 5423||Administration and Supervision of Career/Technical Education|
|CTE 8501||Curriculum Development in Career/Technical Education|
|CTE 8507||History and Principles of Career/Technical Education|
|CTE 8521||Public Relations for Career/Technical Education|
|CTE 8527||Program Planning and Evaluation in Career/Technical Education|
|CTE 8528||Conference Leadership and Discussion Methods|
|EA 5641||School Finance|
|CTE 9885||Internship in Career/Technical Education|
|EA 5661||Personnel Administration|
|EA 5771||School Law|
|EA 8785||Collective Negotiations|
During the course-completion phase of the program, candidates are expected to schedule appointments with their advisors at least once each semester.
A comprehensive examination is scheduled upon completion of all course work. This exam, which usually takes two to three hours to complete, draws from all content areas circumscribed by the program standards mentioned in the first paragraph of this document and will require candidates to be versed in contemporary supervisory theory and its application. Only those candidates who successfully complete the assessment will be permitted to participate in the internship.
Candidates who complete course requirements with no less than a 3.0 GPA and who successfully complete the comprehensive assessment will be permitted to enroll in the supervisory internship. Because only ten students are admitted to the internship component of the program each semester, the application for an internship must be submitted at the beginning of the semester in which the candidate registers for the last required course. Candidates should also submit the completed Application for Internship. When they register for their last course.
Applicants must provide evidence that specific schools (Career and technical and comprehensive high schools) are willing to sponsor an internship and that an administrator in each school is willing to function in the role of RLRP. Interns must recognize that the internship will last for at least one semester and will continue until all the competencies associated with the Comprehensive Career and Technical Education Supervisor Certificate program have been attained.
Meeting with a Temple faculty member and other interns throughout the internship semester
After having successfully completed the internship and seminar, candidates will be examined orally by a Council of Educators Review Board (COE). This assessment will address leadership, sensitivity, scholarship, problem solving, decision making and human relations issues. The oral exam taps the same content areas as those described in the written assessment section.
The COE experience provides candidates with an opportunity to interact with practicing career and technical leadership professionals. In addition, it affords incumbent professionals an opportunity to gauge the preparation of prospective vocational leadership professionals. Portfolios developed during the internship are also discussed during the oral assessment.
Candidates who complete all program requirements, hold a master's degree and who meet other Pennsylvania certification requirements will be recommended for the Comprehensive Vocational Administrative Director Certificate.
Michael G. Erwin, PhD, Advisor
Center for Professional Development in Career & Technical Education