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Military Service Members Certification Program

Recently, the Departments of Education, and Military and Veterans Affairs announced a policy change to allow active duty military members, veterans, and the spouses or surviving spouses of active duty military member or veterans to receive preferential application handling and a reduced application fee when applying for any educator certification.

In order to qualify a veteran is an individual who served at least 180 days of active duty, other than for training, or was discharged after serving 30 days due to a service-connected disability in the US Armed Forces and was discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions.  Honorable conditions includes Honorable and General Under Honorable discharges.

Applicants must meet Pennsylvania certification requirements to receive a license. 

Military, veteran and spouse applicants can apply for the desired certification using the online Teacher Information Management System, TIMS.

  • Complete the online application.
  • Send in any required proof documents listed on the coversheet and your proof of service document(s):
    • Active duty members – photocopy of military orders assigning duty station
    • Active duty spouse – photocopy of military orders assigning duty station and a photocopy of your marriage license
    • Veterans – photocopy of DD form 214 with Discharge under Circumstances other than Dishonorable
    • Veteran spouse/surviving spouse – photocopy of DD form 214 with Discharge under Circumstances other than Dishonorable and a photocopy of your marriage license
  • Select the money order option.  Send a money order in the amount of $35 with the TIMS application coversheet.   
The policy took effect in May 2016.
 
 
 
 
Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), is working with Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill to lead a bipartisan effort to codify the new policy in law.

 

 

 

 

 

Acting Adjutant General Tony Carrelli discusses House Bill 2078 and what it means for military service members and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

House Bill 2078 was passed by the House Education Committee Monday morning. A veteran’s spouse and teacher speaks to the importance of the legislation.