Career and Technical Education

The Temple Center for Professional Development in Career and Technical Education provides professional development opportunities through workshops, seminars and academic courses to persons transitioning from occupations in business and industry to teaching in secondary schools. Occupations range from auto mechanics to carpentry, to health occupations, to film and video production, to environmental sciences, to web design and much more.

The Center offers services that begin before the CTE teacher enters the classroom, such as the necessary assessments that establish a prospective teacher's competence in his or her field of expertise. Field-based faculty provide beginning CTE teachers with a combination of convenient classroom instruction near home or school every other week. A university faculty person visits teachers in their classrooms or laboratories on the alternate week to assist with the implementation of that instruction

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Professional Development Activties

Current professional development include

  • The Occupational Competency Assessment determines an individual's knowledge of the business or trade area of prospective career and technical education instructors.
  • The New Teacher Pre-Induction Orientation assists individuals new to teaching with the transition from their business or trade/industry careers to managing a secondary education classrooms.
  • The Family and Consumer Sciences(FCS) Workshop provides FCS teachers with forums nad networking oppurtunities that benefit FCS programs.
  • Curriculum and Program Planning Workshop focuses on curriculum planning, programs of study and state-wide program articulation for career and technical school counselors, and curriculum.
  • Math and Writing Praxis Workshops are facilitated to assist career and technical educations certificate seeking teachers with content required for passing the math and writing praxis exams.


Contact Information

Primary Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Richard
Email Address:
Telephone Number: (215) 204-8383
Program Office Address:

Ritter Hall, 3rd Floor
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091