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​CSPG 66 - Vocational Intern and Instructional Certificates

Modified: December 1, 2018

Vocational Instructional Education is the science or art of teaching fundamental concepts and skills in the specific vocational education/career and technical education programs.

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

An educator holding a valid Pennsylvania Vocational Intern or Vocational Instructional certificate is qualified to teach career and technical education courses in grades 7 through 12 in an approved vocational education program, providing the appropriate content certificate or occupational competency is held.

Certification Assignment

An educator holding a valid Pennsylvania Vocational Instructional certificate is qualified to teach skills within the area of their Occupational Competency Area (OCA) or certificate within an approved vocational education program. See CIP Codes.

Special Considerations

  • The certified educator may teach courses to students, including special education or gifted students, within the scope of the certificate.
  • An educator certified in this area may:
    • Provide professional development;
    • Serve in the role of mentor/advisor; and
    • Assist students in understanding how to read content area materials.

Certification Clarifications

  • Related Occupational Competency Areas – Type Code (0)
    • When an Occupational Competency Area (OCA) has been approved by the Department as having related content to a specific Instructional certificate, that OCA may be added to the specific Instructional certificate and used in a vocational instructional program.
    • Service on the related OCA is counted toward Instructional II certification and against the validity of the Instructional I certificate(s) held by the educator.
  • Certificate Requirements, effective July 1, 2018:
    • An applicant for a Vocational Intern certificate must present acceptable evidence of at least four years (8,000 hours) of wage-earning experience in the occupation to be taught.
    • An applicant for a Vocational Instructional I certificate must present a minimum of two years (4,000 hours) wage-earing experience in the occupation to be taught. (A minimum of four years wage-earning experience in the occupation to be taught is required if following the intern route).
    • An applicant for Vocational Instructional I is not required to present more than 18 credit hours in an approved program of vocational teacher education.
    • An applicant for Vocational Instructional II is not required to have completed more than 42 credit hours in an approved program in the appropriate field of vocational education.
    • Note: The total number of credit hours to be completed for the Level I and Level II approved program is not more than 60 credit hours.
    • See Vocational Instructional Intern and Vocational Instructional Certificates for additional requirements.

Restrictions

Inactive and voluntary inactive Pennsylvania certificate holders may work for a total of 90 days per school year.

  • No permit is required to work in the certification content area.
  • A Type 06 Vocational Day-to-Day Substitute Emergency Permit is required when the individual is working outside of their certification content area.
  • These two options combined cannot exceed 90 days per school year.

References

Program Specific Guidelines for Certification

22 PA Code: Chapter 4: §4.22, §4.23, §4.31, §339.41

Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.81, §49.131-132, §49.141-143, §49.151-152

PA Public School Code: §1202, §1204.2, §1205.2, §1212, §1604

This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous printing dates on this subject: 3/75, 1/87, 7/04.

Summary of Changes

​Date of Revisions
​Major Changes to CSPG #66
​12/2018

​A note was added under Certification Clarification to clarify the total credit hour requirements for the completed Vocational I and II approved programs.

​9/2018

​Certification Clarification section was updated:

  • Added information on related Occupational Competency areas.
  • Added updates effective 7/1/2018:
    • Four years of work experience required for issuance of Vocational Intern certificate.
    • Two years of work experience required for issuance of Vocational Instructional I certificate if not following the Intern route.
    • 18 credits required for Vocational I in the approved program.
    • 42 credits required for Vocational II in the approved program.
    • Added information on Inactive and Voluntary Inactive certificates.
​7/2004

​CSPG 66 – Vocational Intern and Vocational Instructional:

  • Defined Grade Scope and Assignments.
  • Certificate Clarifications:
    • Standard certificate plus endorsement in an occupational area.
    • Vocational Instructional certificate plus OCA.
    • Vocational Intern certificate plus OCA.
​1/1987

​CSPG 58 – Vocational Instructional and Vocational Intern 7-12:

  • Standard certificate plus endorsement in occupational area.
  • Vocational Instructional or Vocational Intern certificate plus OCA.
  • Emergency permit plus endorsement in occupational area.
  • Related certificate areas plus OCA.

CSPG 111 – Staffing Vocational Ed Programs for Special Education:

  • PDE approved curriculum for Industrial Production and Maintenance may be offered to a class of special education students and taught by a person holding a certificate plus this OCA.
  • Vocational certificates endorsed for Occupations-Retarded Youth enabled the holder to teach an exploratory experience with hand tools to special education students.
​3/1975

​CSPG 37 – Assignment Scope of Industrial Arts Certificates:

  • Revised Industrial Arts certificate and Unit Shops.

CSPG 94 – Staffing Industrial Education Programs:

  • Trade and industrial courses:
    • Require proper vocational instructional certificate for the area taught.
    • Industrial Art certificate with appropriate endorsement is allowed for introductory courses.
    • Vocational certificates that correspond to a particular unit shop may teach that unit shop.
    • Certificates in Business Education, Distributive Education, Agriculture, and Home Economics may teach in either a general academic or vocational program.