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Department of Career & Technical Studies

PSEA's Department of Career and Technical Studies (DCTS) identifies and addresses the concerns and issues which affect the professions of educators in these disciplines.

The DCTS executive board includes representatives from PSEA regions as well as the eight sections of Career and Technical Education: Agriculture Education, Business Education, Cooperative Education, Distributive Education, Health Occupations, Family and Consumer Science, Technology Education, and Trade/Industrial Education.

Take Action

Gov. Tom Wolf knows career and technical education is important. That’s why he’s unveiled a new career and technical education initiative as part of his 2018-19 state budget proposal.

Career and technical education is a pathway from great public schools to great jobs in all kinds of high-skill professions. Gov. Wolf’s new initiative is aimed at increasing the capacity of these programs so they can serve even more Pennsylvania students, workers, and businesses.

Send a message to your state lawmakers to support this initiative:

  • Enter your mailing address in the form and click "Start Writing" to get started.
  • Feel free to adapt the sample email message to make it personal to you.
  • Please do not use your school district email address to email state legislators. PSEA advises members not to send messages during instructional time, and comply with your school district's policies.

Information & Updates

2017-2018 meetings

The Department Executive Board (region reps and section chairs) is scheduled to meet on the following committee weekends: October 13-14, 2017 and January 19-20, 2018.

Section groups meet November 17-18, 2017 and April 6-7, 2018.

An Executive meeting is scheduled for May 11, 2018.

Vocational education certificates

The Pennsylvania School Code bill, enacted along with the state budget in July, gives Career and Technical Education professionals two additional years to get enough credits for Vocational II certification – eight years instead of the six-year requirement under the old law. As the Department of Education works through its implementation plan,

PSEA will continue to monitor this issue and update members on the latest developments.

Upcoming events

PA*ACTE Professional Development Event
Pennsylvania Association
for Career & Technical Education
Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center
215 Innovation Blvd.
State College, PA 16803
August 15-17, 2018


PSEA represents more than 2,300 careeer and technical studies educators.