Director's Statement

The Pennsylvania system for the preparation and development of career and technical education professional personnel includes three regional centers located at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania State University, and Temple University. Coordinated through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, each center uses a "critical mass" of appropriate resources to provide responsive and flexible services to meet the priority staff development needs of career and technical educators within their respective region of the state. The Penn State Center is directed toward achieving the following goals:

  1. Developing the capability of career and technical teachers to establish and maintain a valid curriculum; utilize effective teaching techniques, safely manage a classroom, shop, or laboratory; and locate, select, and efficiently utilize resources.

  2. Developing the capability of career and technical education administrators and teachers to manage curriculum development and revision initiatives, thereby maintaining the validity of planned program content.

  3. Developing the capability of career and technical administrators and teachers to provide leadership in the strategic planning processes of districts, schools, and programs.

  4. Developing the capability of career and technical education administrators to provide instructional supervision of beginning, and experienced teachers, in the use of effective methods of instruction.

  5. Developing the capability of career and technical administrators to manage the personnel, finances, and facilities of a local education agency (LEA).

  6. Developing the capability of career and technical teacher educators to maintain dynamic and effective teacher preparation.

  7. Developing leaders who can contribute to local, state, national, and international programs of career and technical education.

  8. Actively participating in the implementation of workbased education via Pennsylvania's School-to-Work initiative, as well as such related programs as tech prep, High Schools That Work, cooperative education, and apprenticeship.

Guided by Pennsylvania Department of Education personnel and an Advisory Committee, the Professional Personnel Development Center operates the following programs and services to achieve these goals:

  • Occupational Competency Assessment

  • Pre-service and In-service Teacher Education

  • Pre-service and In-service Administrator Education

  • Sub-Baccalaureate Degree/Certification Programs

  • Baccalaureate Degree/Certification Programs

  • Extended Baccalaureate Degree/Certification Programs

  • Master's Degree/Certification Programs

  • Recruitment and Placement Services

  • Curriculum Development and Support

  • Customized Professional Development