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
*Graduate Students (includes completion of entire post-bacc programs , and students earning an advanced degree with certification) are exempt from Basic Skills.
Per Act 82 of 2018 Section 1202.1, all candidates enrolled in an Early Childhood PreK-4 program and all Early Childhood PreK-4 certificate holders may add Grades 5 and 6 to their certificate by attaining qualifying scores on the following assessments:
• Grades 4-8: Module 2 – English Language Arts & Social Studies (5154) and
These assessments are administered through the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Candidates may take these assessments during or after completion of their Early Childhood PreK-4 program. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Education can not grant the Grades 5 and 6 add-on certificate until after the PreK-4 certificate has been awarded. To expedite the process, candidates may apply for the add-on simultaneously with the PreK-4 certificate. Information on this option is available on the Certification Test and Score Requirements chart on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.