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On this page you will find information on recent updates to certification pages, Teacher Information System (TIMS) announcements, and notices sent to Professional Education program providers and Local Education Agencies.

Recent Updates to Certification

  • Certification Application Fee Increase (PDF)
  • Professional Educator Certificate: Licensed educators -- teachers, educational specialists, supervisors, administrators and Letter of Eligibility holders -- may order a frameable certificate using the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS). The $50 fee includes the cost of the certificate, a padded certificate holder printed in gold with the state seal, shipping and handling. Up to three credentials or subjects may be listed on each certificate.

Example of Professional Educator Certificate

Professional Education Updates:

Below are the e-mail updates sent to all teacher preparation programs. All files are PDF.

November 3 2017
American Sign Language; TIMS Training for Certifying Officers; PECT Financial Assistance Waivers; AERA Training Workshop
August 29 2017
ETS Annual PA Preparation Program Forum; Partnerships for Innovative Troops to Teachers Grant; Early Childcare and Community Based Partnership Grant; Lancaster/Lebanon IU Research Positions.
July 27, 2017
Troops to Teachers Grant Opportunity; Higher Ed, Early Child Care Grant Opportunity; Clarification of Program Approval Terms.
June 23, 2017
Bureau Leadership Changes; Troops to Teachers Grant;  Major Review Q&A Webinar; Liaison Assignments
April 14 2017
Teacher Leader Endorsement; Drexel Univ. Addresses Philadelphia’s Middle School Teacher Shortage; Professional Development for Arabic Instructors;  PECT/Praxis Online Prep Courses; Major Review Q&A Webinars
March 3 2017
Major Review Handbook; Major Review Informational and Question and Answer Webinars; Testing Webinars; Teacher Shortages and Federal Loan Forgiveness; Application for Federal Student Aid; Project Max Institutes Spring Forum.
December 29 2016
In-State Applicants Adding a Test Only Subject on  Applications; Field and Student Teaching Requirements for Dual Majors; Annual Proposed Teacher Shortage Report; PECT Practice Test Vouchers and Test Preparation Webinars
November 21 2016
Program Review Templates; Composite Score Calculator; ETS Interactive Tests; Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Challenge; Certification Application Fee Increase; Act 48 Changes
November 9 2016
Testing Updates
September 27 2016
Deans & Chairs Contact List Update; Substitute Teaching Permits for Prospective Educators; Eligible Partnership Postsecondary Grant; PDE 430 Form; Call Center Priority Handling; SAT/ACT Scores;  MTSS Forum
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​Messages to Local Education Agencies

Teacher Certification Requirements for Charter Schools (PDF) 

TIMS Updates

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 the My PDE Suite website will replace My PDE functions. This change will affect all PDE application users including those provisioned to use the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).
Instructions to help you log in to “My PDE Suite” and access TIMS.