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Instructional Add-Ons


Educators who hold any Instructional or Intern certificate may add instructional content areas by testing alone with no additional coursework required. A PA instructional educator must take and pass the content area test for any acceptable subject areas to obtain additional certification areas.

The following excluded areas require the completion of a state approved certification program including testing:

  • American Sign Language
  • Cooperative Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • all Special Education areas

Educators must achieve the passing score listed on the Certification Test and Score Requirements chart (Excel). You may NOT use the GPA score options for testing add-ons.

After you have passed the appropriate content area test and confirmed it has been received by PDE under View My Test Scores on File from your TIMS dashboard, you must submit an application for the new subject area. Applications must be submitted through the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).