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​​​​​​New Educators

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

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Approved Certification Programs

Pennsylvania has 100+ colleges, universities, and providers that offer teacher education programs approved by the PDE.

PDE-approved certification programs in Pennsylvania

​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.​​​​​​​​​​

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Teacher Intern Certification Programs

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

Teacher Intern
Certification Program

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Conta​​ct the program provider for information on the requirements for obtaining a certificate.​

​​​​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.

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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.

PDE-approved alternative certification program providers

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For questions regarding education preparation programs and
becoming certified in Pennsylvania email