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Requirements and Licensure

Vocational Educator Requirements

Vocational Technical Educators, which include teachers and administrators, are licensed professionals in the Commonwealth. In order to receive a formal evaluation to determine your specific requirements, you must apply for a license.

3 types of license:

  • Preliminary (only for vocational technical teachers)
  • Initial (only for vocational technical administrators)
  • Professional

Preliminary: You can obtain a Preliminary vocational technical teacher license (valid for 5 years of employment) by possessing a high school diploma or GED (some fields require a college degree), possessing the required employment experience, and passing the required vocational test(s). Certain fields also require an occupational license or certification. If necessary, the Preliminary license can be extended for an additional 5 years.

Initial: You can obtain an Initial vocational technical administrator license (valid for 5 years of employment) by possessing a bachelor's degree, the required employment experience, and passing the required vocational test(s). Some vocational administrator licenses may require a prerequisite experience and all administrator licenses require the completion of an administrative apprenticeship/internship of 300 hours Download PDF Document, completion of a traditional post-baccalaureate (master's) approved program, or the completion of a Panel Review.

Professional: You can obtain a Professional vocational technical teacher license (must be renewed every 5 years) by completing a one-year induction program Download PDF Document, working 3 years under your Preliminary license, and completing the required college courses.

You can obtain a Professional vocational technical administrator license (must be renewed every 5 years) by completing a one-year induction program Download PDF Document and 3 years of employment under your Initial license.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2015

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