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Completed Approved Preparation Program Outside of PA

  1. Verify that your state is part of the National Association Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement.  If your state is not a party to the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, your certification program will be evaluated against PA certification program guidelines

  2. Identify the comparable Pennsylvania certificate for which you will be applying (see Types of Certificates).  Special note:  If applying for a certification in Special Education, you must already hold or qualify and apply for a Pennsylvania certificate in an appropriate content area.  Refer to CSPG 61 (Grade-Level Scope of Certificates section) for more information.

  3. Obtain all official transcripts (both bachelors and beyond) in college-sealed, unopened envelopes.  A bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited college/university is a base requirement for certification.  These will be used to verify:
    • Bachelor’s degree conferral
    • 3.0 GPA
    • Program completion and/or required coursework for certification
    • Student teaching/internship/practicum or field experience
  1. Obtain a copy of your current and valid state certificate comparable to the PA certificate you are seeking if available.

    • For School Speech and Language Pathologist certification, also submit a copy of your ASHA and/or PA Department of State license if applicable.

  2. Obtain a completed Education Preparation Program Verification Form, PDE338A as proof of completion of an educator preparation program approved for certification in the state in which the program was completed. 

  3. Confirm that the required content area test scores(s) and the basic skills assessments (reading, writing and mathematics) have been reported to PDE directly from the test administrator – ETS, ACTFL or ES Pearson.  For test information, refer to the Certification Test and Score Requirements spreadsheet.
    • If submitting SAT or ACT scores to meet the basic skills assessments, obtain your paper score report in a sealed envelope from the testing agency.
    • A test taken for another state can be accepted ONLY if it is the exact test required in PA.  You must meet the PA qualifying score.
    • The basic skills assessments are not required for post-baccalaureate program completers or for applicants who hold a conferred master’s degree.  The basic skills tests will still be requested in your TIMS application as the determination to waive the basic skills requirement is not made by TIMS.  It is determined by the certification specialist at the time the application is evaluated.
  1. Complete and submit the application in TIMS
    • All applicants for initial certification in PA must apply for a Level I credential type.
    • After completing the payment selection and successfully SUBMITTING your application in TIMS, you will be provided a link to the application cover sheet.  Include the cover sheet with all required documents and mail to the address indicated on the cover sheet.
    • All certification requirements including testing should be met for all subject areas applied for before submitting the required documentation for review.
    • Electronic payment accepted in TIMS.