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Traditional Route To Obtaining A Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate

Step One

What do I want to teach?

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Step Two

Where do I accomplish this?

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Step Three

Start a bachelor's degree program

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Step Four

Basic Skills Assessments: we currently accept a variety of tests for this requirement,
such as the ACTs, SATs, PAPA with Pearson, or CORE with Praxis.
Find the score requirements for each option under the Certifications Test Requirements tab on our website. (Excel)

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Step Five

Complete college program

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Step Six

Student Teaching

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Step Seven


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Step Eight

Pass Content Area Testing: This will be the testing associated with the subject area you completed.  As an example, if you completed a Mathematics program, you will need to take the Mathematics testing.
Find the test(s) and scores required under the Certification Test Requirements tab on our website. (Excel)

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Step Nine

Apply for your certificate through the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).
View the application and User Guides.