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Become an Educator

Are you a student interested in becoming an educator in Pennsylvania, but need help navigating the way? You've come to the right place!

Approved Certification Programs

Pennsylvania has 100+ colleges, universities, and providers that offer teacher education programs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Visit a page that provides a list of PDE-approved certification programs in Pennsylvania.

Contact the program provider for information on the requirements for obtaining a certificate.

Students who secure the recommendation for certification by the college or university have met all requirements of the approved preparation program, the qualifying scores on the required tests, and other requirements established by Pennsylvania's State Board of Education.

Alternative Certification Programs

PDE, with the approval of the State Board of Education, has the authority to recognize alternative preparation program providers that lead to teacher certification. 

Visit a page that provides a list of PDE-approved alternative certification program providers.

The teacher intern certification program is an alternate route to certification through an approved Pennsylvania program provider.

PDE implemented a procedure for a teacher holding the Passport to Teaching credential issued by the American Board so that they may be eligible for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate.