Full-time Undergraduate Degree Program

Information about the full-time undergraduate program (pre-service).

Penn State's WF ED Undergraduate program offers you:

  • Small classes for your major.
  • Personal, face-to-face advising.
  • Nationally accredited curriculum.
  • Credit for paid work experience


Workforce Education and Development (WF ED) at Penn State is a unique college program for people who have completed career and technical education (vo-tech) programs in high school or postsecondary technical colleges.  This program aims to prepare you to teach the occupational area you studied before coming to Penn State.  WF ED graduates earn the Bachelor of Science degree and a Pennsylvania Certificate that allows them to teach in public schools. 

If you attended a career and technical school (vo-tech) and never took "college prep" high school courses, you might be worried about whether or not you'll be accepted.  Don't be.  In fact, your high school technical coursework is what you need for admission to this program. 

A Workforce Education and Development degree is for people who completed technical programs, such as automotive technology, auto body technology, carpentry, commercial art, computer networking, cosmetology, culinary arts, drafting, electrical technology, electronics, graphic arts, HVAC, machining, masonry, plumbing, welding, and more. 

WF ED graduates are teachers and administrators in career-oriented educational programs, including CTE courses, Apprenticeships, Cooperative Education, Tech-Prep, High Schools That Work, and technical postsecondary colleges.  In industry, WF ED graduates keep employees up-to-date with rapid changes in technology, equipment, and work processes.  Our graduates have careers as trainers, safety administrators, and managers. And You Can Too!