School of Education

Teacher Certification Information

Exit Requirements for Teacher Certification Candidates

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree or higher with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  2. Completion of an approved program of study leading to certification in the area of certificate requested.
  3. Satisfactory completion of student teaching, fieldwork or internship (required grade of “B” or better) in the area of certification.
  4. Completion of a professional portfolio.
  5. Recommendation of University Certification Officer on the TIMS application.

PA Certification Application Process

Review the presentation for steps to create TIMS account and apply for certification:

Student Teaching Presentation on the TIMS Information Management System 

TIMS (Teacher Information Management System) is the Pennsylvania Department of Education's electronic application system for teacher certification.  You must register with PDE and create an account.   You will use the TIMS portal for all future interactions with PDE.  With TIMS you can:

  • add additional areas of certification
  • pay online with a credit card*
  • change your address
  • track continuing education credits
  • communicate with PDE

Submit Your Test Scores to the Certification Officer

All students applying for certification must submit a Notification of Certification Completion form and required documents to the Certification Officer, Taylor 200.

PA Test Requirements Teacher Certification

Pennsylvania requires assessment of all candidates in basic skills*, general knowledge, professional knowledge and subject area knowledge before a certificate may be issued.

For complete information for testing requirements, test announcements, links to test registration and study guides, log onto PA Department of Education Certification Testing.

For assistance in accessing the PDE Basic skills certification calculator, log onto PA Department of Education Certification Testing and select Composite Calculator.

*Graduate Students (includes completion of entire post-bacc programs , and students earning an advanced degree with certification) are exempt from Basic Skills.