Welcome to Arcadia University’s School of Education information page for Teacher Certification.
Teaching is an exciting profession. It takes time and dedication to become an expert in the field. Alumni of Arcadia University’s education programs have enjoyed success as inspiring educators and educational leaders, locally and around the globe. Currently, Pennsylvania and many other states are experiencing a teacher shortage in a variety of areas, so career possibilities are expanding rapidly. Our education programs seek to provide a range of opportunities to work in a host of settings with diverse students. Our programs are geared to giving you the foundational skills needed to become an effective teacher leader.
To become an educator in Pennsylvania and earn your teaching credential, you need to complete a teacher preparation program with an approved provider. Arcadia University School of Education is an approved provider of educational programs leading to Pennsylvania Department of Education Professional Certification and offers certification at the undergraduate and post baccalaureate (graduate) levels. In order to become a licensed teacher in Pennsylvania, individuals must have at least a bachelor’s degree. Let’s get started by selecting your program level for more information.
Our programs encompass initial certification (for those who are not currently certified to teach in Pennsylvania) and for PA teachers looking to expand their professional certifications. Our Instructional I certifications include: Grades PK4, Reading Specialist PK-12, Special Education PK-12, Art Education PK-12, and Education secondary content areas of: English, Mathematics, General Science, Social Studies, Chemistry and Biology. We also have certification programs for ESL Program specialist, STEM and Autism Endorsements and Administrative/Supervisory.
Students who successfully complete the preparation program, the required education, and testing, apply for their PA teaching credential and submit their application to the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS). After the PA Department of Education issues the teaching certificate, students who seek information on obtaining certification outside of Pennsylvania can explore the Interstate Agreement, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).